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The Yellow Rose of Texas (2) (New lyrics by Faith Petric; music traditional c.1983) The Yellow Rose of Texas was a woman fair to see Though many loved her beauty, she lived in slavery, When war was fought in Texas and the battles shook our lives General Santa Anna took Emily as a prize. Cho: She's the sweetest rose of color that Texas ever knew Her eyes are bright as diamonds, they sparkle like the dew, You may talk about your Clementine, And sing of Rosa Lee But the Yellow Rose of Texas is the only girl for me. He tried to win her favors, thought himself a dashing man But his courtship she rejected, and she stole his battle plan; Then sent it to Sam Houston, for this she found a way And so the Union Army fought and won the day. Where the Rio Grande is flowing lived a woman brave and fine A heroine of the people and honored in her time The Yellow Rose of Texas has long been laid to rest But history would be different without the lovely Emily West. (last chorus changes to past tense.) Faith Petric's version of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is based on the legend of Emily Morgan West. According to the story, Emily, who was born a slave was captured by general Santa Anna during the Texas Revolution in 1836. The General, who fancied himself a womanizer, tried to win her charms. Not only did he fail to do so, but Emily managed to smuggle Santa Anna's battle plans to Sam Houston who then defeated the General at the Battle of San Jacinto. There are several variations to this tale but there is little historical evidence to support any of the versions. It was a word-of-mouth story in the 19th century, one that people would talk about, but would not write down, so it has become a part of popular folklore. Faith's version is on her record "As We Were". copyright Faith Petrick DC
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