Whew! 90 days of Fiddle Tune a Day! That’s a lot. Only 10 more days to 100!!!
I guess it’s only fitting to celebrate day 90 with a little tribute to Bob Wills. San Antonio Rose is a tune that I played a lot with my dad and grandpa as a kid, but haven’t played for a while, so I hope you enjoy what I put together in the last few minutes. 🙂
New San Antonio Rose according to Wikipedia
“San Antonio Rose“/”New San Antonio Rose” was the signature song of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. “San Antonio Rose” was an instrumental song written by Bob Wills, who first recorded it with the Playboys in 1938. Band members added lyrics and it was retitled “New San Antonio Rose”. The song opens with the refrain:
- Deep within my heart, lies a melody,
- A song of old San Antone.
“New San Antonio Rose” was the first national hit by Bob Wills and His Playboys, propelling them from their Southwestern fame to national notice.
The song, both the music and lyrics, reflects the Mexican influence Bob Wills found growing up in the Southwest. Wills developed the melody of the original “San Antonio Rose” itself from a traditional tune, “Spanish Two Step”, by the playing the bridge in reverse.
“New San Antonio Rose” ruffled the feathers of Southern country music moguls when Wills and the Playboys performed it with horns and a drum at the Grand Ole Opry on December 30, 1944.
The song has been recorded by many artists in several genres. The pseudonym Jericho wrote the Swedish lyrics. A Swedish version was recorded by Ingalill Rossvald and Harry Brandelius withThorsten Sjögren’s orch. in Stockholm on February 7, 1952. It was released on the 78 rpm record His Master’s Voice X 7795.
It lends its name to San Antonio Rose Palace in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Rose Lyrics
Deep within my heart lies a melody
A song of old San Antone
Where in dreams I lived with a memory
Beneath the stars all alone
It was there I found beside the Alamo
Enchantment strange as the blue up above
A moonlit pass that only she would know
Still hears my broken song of love
Moon and all your splendor knows only my heart
Call back my Rose Rose of San Antone
Lips so sweet and tender like petals fallin’ apart
Speak once again of my love my own
Oh broken song empty words I know
Still live in my heart all alone
For that moonlit pass beside the Alamo
And calls my Rose of San Antone
[ fiddle – steel ]
Moon and all your splendor…