The Yellow Rose of Texas

March 3, 2008 at 3:05 pm 1 comment

This popular Texas ballad dates back at least as far as the American Civil War, and was popular among Confederate soldiers (especially those from the Lone Star State).

There’s a yellow rose in Texas,
I’m going there to see.
No other soldier knows her,
Nobody, only me.
She cried so when I left her,
It like to broke my heart
And if I ever find her
We never more will part


She’s the sweetest rose of color
This soldier ever knew;
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
They sparkle like the dew.
You may talk about your dearest May
And sing of Rosa Lee,
But the Yellow Rose of Texas
Beats the belles of Tennessee.

Where the Rio Grande is flowing,
And 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 promised to come back again
And ne’er to leave her so.

Now I’m going back to find her,
For my heart is full of woe.
We’ll sing the song together
We sang so long ago;
I’ll play the banjo gaily,
We’ll sing the songs of yore;
And the Yellow Rose of Texas
Will be mine forevermore!

My sister sent me this other verse, which I vaguely remember but which doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the song until you remember this ballad likely dates from the time of the American Civil War:

And now I’m going southward,
For my heart is full of woe.
I’m going back to Georgia,
To see my Uncle Joe.
You may talk about your Beauregard
And sing of Bobby Lee,
But the Gallant Hood of Texas
He raised Hell in Tennessee.

For more information on the history and legends behind this old Texas favorite, see the song’s entry in Wikipedia.


Entry filed under: Cowboy Songs, Folk Songs, Places.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sonni Strong  |  August 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    It’s great to find some history from such a traditional classic that we all know and lovre.


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