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*The Yellow Rose Of Texas*dates from the Texas War of Independence in the 1830s. It tells the story of a workingman’s love for an indentured servant, Emily West. According to the legend, she was partly responsible for the capture of Mexican General Santa Anna, which led to Texas’s Independence. The song has gone on to be closely identified with the state and patriotism in general, somewhat ironically. The lyrics have evolved and softened over the years to become a little more general in scope and there are great recordings out there by Bobby Horton and Hoyt Axton that really are not to be missed. The lesson is presented using chord symbols and can be played in many keys.