2008年11月7日星期五

Yellow rose of Texas 誰是德克薩斯州玫瑰

Yellow rose of Texas - 19世紀版本


這首聞名世界的歌曲, 究竟所寫的玫瑰是指什麼?
據歷史家考據, 這首歌早於17世紀已出現, 是一首民謠,
1838 年出第一次出現了一個手寫有曲詞的樂譜,
原名"Emily, the Maid of Morgan's Point."
相信是美墨爭奪德州期間所寫,
內容描寫士兵想念家鄉愛人的心情,
由於錯字百出, 相信可能是一非洲裔士兵所寫,
Rose名字在19世紀很流行,
yellow當時是指黑白通婚所生的孩子。


Yellow Rose of Texas

原曲詞soldier一字本是darky

There's a yellow rose of Texas
That I am going to see
No other soldier knows her
No soldier, 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.
Oh, my heart is feeling weary

And my head is hanging low
I'm goin' back to Georgy
To find 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.

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1955 年Mitch Miller 的不同版本




There's a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see
Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as 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 little rosebud 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.
Where the *Rio* Grande is flowin', and 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 return and not to leave her so
She's the sweetest little rosebud 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.
Oh, now I'm gonna find her, for my heart is full of woe
We'll do the things together we did so long ago
We'll play the banjo gaily, she'll love me like before
And the Yellow Rose of Texas shall be mine forevermore
She's the sweetest little rosebud 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.

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Elvis Presley_Yellow rose of Texa 貓王版


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