"Yellow Rose of Texas" was my father's favorite song. He knew the text by heart and would often whistle the melody out loud. If there was a band playing and they asked the audience for a request, you can guess what my father would ask.


Yellow Rose


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.

[Chorus]
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]

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