Look at a yellow rose, and what song first comes to mind?

“The Yellow Rose of Texas”, a colorful song about Emily D. West, a freed mulatto slave girl who seduces General Santa Anna, allowing General Sam Houston to surprise attack, and eventually win the Texas War of Independence.

Sound like something right out of an Isabel Allende novel, huh? 

The “yellow”, just so you know, refers to “high yellow”, a slightly derogatory phrase describing a light skinned black person.

The Mitch Miller version became a no. 1 hit back in the 1950’s:

http://youtu.be/5uS5cPfbIjw

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