"Yellow Rose of Texas" Planetary Music

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Title

"Yellow Rose of Texas" Planetary Music

Subject

Songs with piano
Texas--Songs and music
Yellow Rose of Texas

Description

This 1955 version of “The Yellow Rose of Texas” was likely one of the most popular versions of the song published in the 1900s because it was the version sung by Mitch Miller (who is on many recordings of the song available today) though it was actually arranged by Don George. Mitch Miller was a musician, singer, conductor, and record producer; he was a very prominent member of the American musical community and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In this version, the lyrics have been changed significantly. In the first stanza, the singer says “No body else could miss her, not half as much as me,” changed from “no other fellow knows her, no body only me” which could have sexual undertones. Miller’s version avoids that ambiguity. This version calls the girl the “yellow rose in Texas” and has changed her in the chorus to “the sweetest little rose bud that Texas ever knew.” There is no mention of darkey or fellow; the lyrics have changed enough that it’s not necessary. The girls the rose is compared to at the end are “Clementine and Rosalee,” which moves away from the minstrel shows completely. Finally, this song was composed and performed as a march. While earlier versions are quick and light, they are still ballads. “The Yellow Rose of Texas” can decisively be called a folk song rather than a minstrel show ballad.

Creator

Don George

Source

The University of Texas Arlington Specials Collection

Publisher

Planetary Music Publishing Corp.

Date

1955

Contributor

Caitlin Smith

Rights

Copyright 1955 Planetary Music Publishing Corp.

Relation

Yellow Rose of Texas, Emily D. West, Yellow Rose of Texas Sheet Music

Format

JPG

Language

English

Type

Sheet Music

Scripto

Transcription

There’s a yellow rose in Texas
That I am going to see,
No body else could miss her,
Not half as much as me.
She cried so when I left her,
It like to broke my heart,
If I ever find her
We never more will part.

Chorus:
She's the sweetest little rose bud,
That Texas ever knew,
Eyes a bright as diamonds,
They sparkle like the dew,
You talk about your Clementine
And sing of Rosalee,
But THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS

Is the only girl for me!
2
Where the Rio Grande is flowing,
The starry skies are bright, 

We walked along the river

On a quiet summer night
She said if you remember
,
We parted long ago,

I promised to come back again, 

And not to leave her so.

3
Oh! I'm going back to find her, 

For my heart is full of woe, 

And we'll sing the songs together

We sang so long ago
I’ll pick the banjo gaily
And sing the songs of yore, 

And the yellow rose of Texas

She’ll be mine forever more.

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Date Added
November 11, 2013
Citation
Don George, “"Yellow Rose of Texas" Planetary Music,” Early Transatlantic Writing Project, accessed November 21, 2017, http://transatlanticwriting.com/items/show/72.
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