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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:50 am 
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My wood sorrel and yellow roses are blooming.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:09 am 
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In the original lyrics to that lovely melody, written to be performed by guys in blackface, the "yellow rose" is a light skinned black woman of mixed race

"There's a yellow girl in Texas
That I'm going down to see
No other darkies know her
No darkey, only me
She cried so when I left her
That it like to broke my heart,
And if I only find her
we never more will part
[Chorus]
She's the sweetest girl of color
That this darkey ever knew
Her eyes are bright as diamonds
And sparkle like the dew
You may talk about your Dearest Mae
And sing of Rosa Lee
But the yellow Rose of Texas
Beats the belles of Tennessee"

It's fascinating how that got to be the state song of Texas.

Also "Dixie" was written by Irish American Dan Emmet, to be performed in blackface


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