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The Yellow Rose of Texas

Publié le par Olivier Millet

The Yellow Rose of Texas est une chanson traditionnelle Texane qui tire ses origines dans la guerre d'indépendance du Texas contre le Mexique. Elle conte l'histoire d'amour d'un soldat qui part combattre pour la bataille de San Jacinto qui vit la victoire décisive des Texans contre les Mexicains en 1836.


There's a yellow rose in Texas, that I am going to see,
No other darky knows her, no darky only me
She cryed so when I left her it like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her, we nevermore will part.

She's the sweetest little rosebud that darky 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 is the only girl for me.

When the Rio Grande is flowing, the starry skies are bright,
She walks along the river in the quite [sic] summer night:
She thinks if I remember, when we parted long ago,
I promised to come back again, and not to leave her so.

Oh now I'm going to find her, for my heart is full of woe,
And we'll sing the songs togeather [sic], that we sung so long ago
We'll play the bango gaily, and we'll sing the songs of yore,
And the Yellow Rose of Texas shall be mine forevermore.

Mais cette chanson, dont l'auteur est inconnu, devint populaire parmi les troupes confédérées et particulièrement les contingents du Texas. Les troupes adaptèrent la chanson originale et rajoutèrent un couplet suite à la bataille de Nashville en 1864. Dans ce couplet transpire toute la fierté et l’orgueil des Texans qui avaient mérité durant leurs nombreux combats leur réputation de troupes d'élite.

Oh my feet are torn and bloody, and my heart is full of woe,
I'm going back to Georgia, to find my Uncle Joe,
You may talk about your Beauregard, and sing of General Lee,
But the gallant Hood of Texas, played hell in Tennessee.

" Les texans font toujours reculer l'ennemi " Général Robert Lee, bataille de la Wilderness 1864

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