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Old 08-11-2001, 12:26 AM
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Dear Friends,

Was this song ever a part of a motion picture? If so, I would appreciate knowing which one, because it was my late mother and father's favorite song, and I never got (took) the chance to ask them.

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Old 08-11-2001, 02:09 AM
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I'm farily sure that this song did come from a movie
but i don't know the name of it
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Old 08-11-2001, 02:32 AM
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The song did not come from a movie,

Although it may very well have been used in a movie.

It is a folk song that was written in 1836. The lyrics tell of a black American soldier who left his sweetheart and wants to return to her. “Yellow” was a term given to Americans of mixed race in those days - most commonly mulattos. And “Rose” was a popular name.

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Old 08-11-2001, 08:16 AM
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Thank you, Abby!

I never knew that, and it has now made the song even more special to me!

As a humorous aside: I work in an ER and we quite often have a "frequent flier" who is a known KKK member and self-avowed racist. He gets really drunk and sings this tune while lying on our stretcher while we attempt to de-tox him.

Yes, I do have mixed emotions when I hear him sing it, and I am torn about whether I should tell him of the song's origins, and wondering if it would do any good.

Thanks so much for your answer and insight!

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Old 08-11-2001, 08:18 AM
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I love your sig!

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Old 08-11-2001, 10:05 AM
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It's one of those bits of Texas lore that get's covered in elementary school when studying Texas history. I am glad you are pleased to know. To your aside, I've been surprised a few times at different peoples' reluctance to believe it. Seems that people who think like your ER visitor tend to believe (wrongly) that the "yellow" refers to blonde hair. A link to more on "The Yellow Rose of Texas". It's a site we came across when helping KidSthrnAccent research symbols of Texas for a class report. There's more here about a young woman who may have inspired the song.

I'm pretty sure there is a movie with the song in it but I'm not enough of a movie buff to recall the title. Sorry I can't help with your actual question.

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Old 08-11-2001, 11:32 AM
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Elvis and Ann-Margret, no less. "Viva Las Vegas":

http://us.imdb.com/Soundtracks?0058725
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Old 08-11-2001, 11:37 AM
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Ah! That explains it. A movie before my time.
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Old 08-11-2001, 12:02 PM
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Well, of course there is The Yellow Rose of Texas" (1944) starring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

I imagine it's probably been included in most movies about the Alamo as well as countless other westerns set in Texas.
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Old 08-11-2001, 12:40 PM
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Back when I was a kid TYROT was included on a record, from Reader's Digest, of American folk music. So I learned the song with these lines:

"She's the sweetest little rosebud
This soldier ever knew..."

Then, in James Michener's book Texas the oringin of the song was mentioned, but no lyrics were included. Finally, on "Songs of the Civil War", which accompanied Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War" those two lines were sung like this:

"She's the sweetest rose of color
This soldier ever knew..."

I guess Reader's Digest wanted to ignore anything in the least controversial.
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Old 08-11-2001, 05:46 PM
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Homer & Jethro

What they did to this old song is a delight!

("The Yaller Rose of Texas, you-All")
She's the Yaller Rose of Texas, the cutest on this earth
Her right eye looks at Dallas, her left one at Fort Worth
Her ponytail's a dandy, that hairdo is a prize,
And it comes in handy when she's a-switchin' flies!
...
I was workin' in the garden whin I diskivvered her
I reached for an old tomato and darlin' there you were!
You can take your nasty-sturtiums, and take yore vi'lets blue,
And while you're at it, take The Yaller Rose of Texas too!

Stan Freberg had some fun with it too:
"But don't you cover up TEXAS!!! Or I'll put your head though that cotton-pickin' snare drum and secede from the band!!"
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Old 08-11-2001, 06:27 PM
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I though Emily Dickinson wrote the Yellow Rose of Texas...
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Old 08-11-2001, 06:37 PM
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Re: Homer & Jethro

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Originally posted by dougie_monty

Stan Freberg had some fun with it too:
"But don't you cover up TEXAS!!! Or I'll put your head though that cotton-pickin' snare drum and secede from the band!!"
"Dat's jist a tad LOUD on the snaiah drum, theah!"

"I 'peciate it!"

Thanks for the smiles, dougie! I'm a Stan Freberg fan too!

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Old 08-11-2001, 06:45 PM
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Heh.

I'll bet a LOT of racist KKKs from Texas sing this song.

I'd LOVE to tell them the origin...I think that's neat!
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Old 08-11-2001, 09:22 PM
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And you can also sing any poem Emily Dickinson wrote to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas." Although she didn't write it.

Don't believe me? Get ahold of some of her poems and try it.
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Old 08-11-2001, 10:38 PM
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The true lyrics remind of Stephen Foster lyrics, in that there is liberal use of the word "darkie" in it. The song isn't sang much due to the fact that it would probably be construed as quite offensive in today's society. In a world were using the word "niggardly" (totally unrelated meaning) can lose you your job I can't imagine what would happen if one were to sing the lyrics.
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Old 08-11-2001, 10:55 PM
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sing ... Emily Dickinson ... "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
Boy, you guys are sharp.
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Old 08-12-2001, 12:11 AM
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In the 50s there were two albums----one was Yankee blue and the other was Confederate grey. They contained the music/songs of the Civil Was era---I had the Confederate one and the following is the line as contained there in.


"She's the sweetest rose of color
This darkie ever knew----"

Speaking of Civil War songs---have you ever heard the ORIGINAL words to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"? It's an old Irish song called "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye". It's the most anti-war song I've EVER heard. He comes back blind, missing an arm and leg. There's an excellent version of it by THE CHAD MITCHELL TRIO.

"Why did ya run from me and the child-----indeed yer dancin days are done------yer an eyeless, boneless, shameless thing-------Oh Johnny we hardly knew ye".
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Old 08-12-2001, 05:41 PM
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"The Eyes of Texas".......

... is of course the state song, but I wonder if they ever considered TYOT?

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Old 08-12-2001, 10:43 PM
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As an aside, the soldiers of the Army of the Tennessee added another, somewhat sarcastic verse to the song after the Confederate catastrophe at Nashville in December, 1864. The new verse was:

So now I’m marching southward;
My heart is full of woe.
I’m going back to Georgia
To see my Uncle Joe.
You can talk about old Beauregard,
And sing of Bobby Lee
But the gallant Hood of Texas
Raised hell in Tennessee.

Uncle Joe was LTG Joseph Johnston, who had led the Army of the Tennessee until he was relieved by Hood at Atlanta and would command it again until the end of the war. The verse is not a complement to General John Bell Hood.
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Old 08-13-2001, 10:07 AM
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And here I always thought it was talking about the Yellow Rows of Taxis at DFW airport.
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Old 08-13-2001, 12:13 PM
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That would be

Quasimodem wrote:
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"The Eyes of Texas".......
... is of course the state song, but I wonder if they ever considered TYOT?
Actually, that's wrong. "The Eyes of Texas" is the school song of the University of Texas. Texas' state song is "Texas, Our Texas."
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Old 08-13-2001, 01:05 PM
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Movies with "The Yellow Rose of Texas"

"Giant" (1956)
At the end of the movie, there is a big fistfight in a diner when the owner refuses to let Hispanics eat there. The jukebox is playing "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in the background.
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Old 08-13-2001, 02:24 PM
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Thank you, Dewey! I about fell outta my chair when I read that. I think the rest of the country should take a year of Texas history, too.
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Old 08-13-2001, 02:40 PM
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Another movie featuring "The Yellow Rose of Texas" is The Right Stuff. Haven't seen the movie in a while, but I believe it's in the Texas BBQ scenes.
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Old 08-14-2001, 04:02 AM
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Speaking of Civil War songs---have you ever heard the ORIGINAL words to "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"? It's an old Irish song called "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye". It's the most anti-war song I've EVER heard. He comes back blind, missing an arm and leg.
"Why did ya run from me and the child-----indeed yer dancin days are done------yer an eyeless, boneless, shameless thing-------Oh Johnny we hardly knew ye".
I've heard a version of this, performed by a Houston folk band. Their version substitutes the phrase "Johnny, what's happened to you" for "Johnny we hardly knew ye." Johnny also comes back missing both legs and an arm, but apparently he can still see.
I'd like to thank Dewey for pointing out "The Eyes of Texas" as UT's school song.
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Old 08-14-2001, 05:22 AM
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Thanks for the correction Dewey.......

.....and I apologize if my gaffe offended anyone, it wasn't meant to.....

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Geez, I can't believe that nobody's mentioned Pee Wee's Big Adventure yet! Maybe it's because there's only a few stanzas ...
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:08 AM
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Geez, I can't believe that nobody's mentioned Pee Wee's Big Adventure yet! Maybe it's because there's only a few stanzas ...
That is because it is "Deep in the Heart of Texas" (with the associated clap-along). Hilarious scene thought...
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:20 AM
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To answer the OP, the YRoT was featured in that cult favorite ("the best movie ever made," according to some), The Searchers. There's a big dance ho-down scene before the wedding where they sing it.

Watching it on AMC as I type this.
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:27 AM
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