The letter "Y". We're almost there. I have a song for you today. "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is a traditional American folk song. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Several versions of the song have been recorded, including by Elvis Presley and Mitch Miller.
The soundtrack to the TV miniseries, James A. Michener's Texas, dates a version of the song to June 2, 1933 and co-credits both the authorship and performance to Gene Autry and Jimmy Long. Mitch Miller mad a reworked version of the song into a popular recording in 1955 that knocked Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" from the top of the Best Sellers chart in the U.S. Miller's version was featured in the motion picture Giant and reached #1 on the U.S. pop chart the same week Giant star James Dean died. Billboard ranked Miller's version as the No. 3 song of 1955.
This song became popular among Confederate soldiers in the Texas Brigade during the American Civil War; upon taking command of the Army of Tennessee in July 1864, General John Bell Hood introduced it as a marching song. The final verse and chorus were slightly altered by the remains of Hood's force after their crushing defeat at the Battle of Nashville that December.
(This is changed some from the original)
From the 1955 Mitch Miller rendition, the song now reads:
- There's a yellow rose in Texas, That I am going to see,
Nobody else could miss her, Not half as much as me.
She cried so when I left her It like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her, We nevermore will part.
She's the sweetest little rosebud That Texas ever knew,
Her eyes are bright as diamonds, They sparkle like the dew;
You may talk about your Clementine, And sing of Rosalee,
But the YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS Is the only girl for me.
When the Rio Grande is flowing, The starry skies are bright,
She walks along the river In the quiet summer night:
I know that she remembers, When we parted long ago,
I promise to return again, And not to leave her so. [Chorus]
Oh now I'm going to find her, For my heart is full of woe,
And we'll sing the songs together, That we sung so long ago
We'll play the banjo gaily, And we'll sing the songs of yore,
And the Yellow Rose of Texas Shall be mine forevermore. [Chorus]
Song from the University of Texas at Austin