Yellow Rose Of Texas polka

Also known as The Old Yellow Rose.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Yellow Rose Of Texas has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Yellow Rose Of Texas
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F/G/ | "D" [AD][AD] "G" B>B | "D" [AD] [A2F2] [AD] | "D" [AD]d de | "D" [d2f2]-[df][df] |
"G" gf ed | "D" [Af][Ae] dB | "A" Ac e/d/c | "D" [D2d2] [Dd] :|
|: e/e/ | "D" [Af]g [Aa][A/a/][A/a/] | "D" [Af]g [Aa][A/a/][A/a/] | "A" [Ae][Af] gg/f/ | "A" [Ae][Af] gg/g/ |
"D" [Af]g [Aa][A/a/][A/a/] | "D" [Af]g [Aa][A/a/][A/a/] | "A" [Ae][Af] g/f/e | "D" [D2d2] [Dd] :|
2
X: 2
T: Yellow Rose Of Texas
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A/G/ | "D" FA A>A | "D" B A2 G | "D" FA "G" d>e | "D" f3 A |
"A" Af f>f | "A" f e2 d | "A" cd "Em" e>f | "A" e3 A/G/ |
"D" FA A>A | "D" B A2 G | "D" FA "G" d>e | "D" f3 B |
"G" Bg g>g | "Em" g f2 e | "D" dA "A" f>e | "D" d3 |]
3
X: 3
T: Yellow Rose Of Texas
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FG |: A2 A2 | B4 | A2 AG | FE D2 | A2d2 | c2e2 | f3g | f2 ef |
| g2 f2 | e2 eg | fg fe | d4 | c2 d2 | e2 c2 | (d4 | d2) :|
e2 |: f2fg | a2a2 | f2fg | a2a2 | e2 ef | g2 g2 | e2 ef | g2 g2 |
| f2fg | a2a2 | f2fg | a2a2 | e2 ef | gf e2 | (d4 | d2) :|

Eight comments

Yellow Rose Of Texas

A tune that we sometimes play at our old-timey session in Bristol(UK).

Please note that this is not the same tune as the one that is used as the melody of the well-known Confederate song.

Not a particulary difficult tune - yet it somehow seems to punch above its weight.

Yellow Rose Of Texas, X:2

Just by way of comparison with X:1, here is a setting of the melody of the well-known Confederate song.

I’m guessing that the fiddle tune was probably derived from the song melody.

I’d heard of The Yellow Rose Of Texas but didn’t know what it was. Having some interest in wild and garden flowers, I looked for one with this name. There is, indeed, such a rose. Known too as ‘Harison’s (Rose), it turns out to be a hybrid that turned up in cultivation in or near New York in the 1830s and was subsequently grown widely in the South and West of the USA, naturalising itself in the process. Yellow flowers, as one would expect, and apparently a tough plant that is happy in poor or dry soils.

The name otherwise indicates an early Texas heroine alluded to in the song. She was Emily Morgan, a mixed-race servant girl captured in Texas by Santa Anna in the Texan War Of Independence. A story goes that she deliberately kept Santa Anna preoccupied in, er, recreational activities while the Texans closed in; they went on to defeat the Mexicans. AFAIK, the song is rather shy about the recreational activities and also about Emily’s racial origins.

Yellow Rose Of Texas, X:3

As heard at session in Austin, TX. Indeed, this is not the same melody as the well-known "Yellow Rose Of Texas" (which is what setting #2 above is).

Re: Yellow Rose Of Texas

Example One is similar to the version which the band for the local contra dance group uses.

Laurence