San Antonio Rose

This is an online fiddle lesson for the country song "San Antonio Rose" by Bob Wills.

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Genre: Country
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Keys of G and A

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Video #1: Here is a video of me playing and singing the country song "San Antonio Rose."

San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

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San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.

San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle. San Antonio Rose - Online Fiddle Lessons. Celtic, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Gospel, and Country Fiddle.


"San Antonio Rose"/"New San Antonio Rose" was the signature song of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

"When I was a very young man, I was living in Roy, New Mexico, working as a barber and playing for dancers on Saturday night. Since most of the population of Roy was Mexican, I wrote a tune for them to dance to and called it 'Spanish Two-Step.' When I did my first recording session with Columbia in 1935, 'Spanish Two-Step' was one of the tunes I recorded. On November 28, 1938, I went to Dallas to record again for Columbia. After we cut several tunes, uncle Art Satherley, who was the A & R man on this session, asked me if I had another tune like 'Spanish Two-Step.' I said, 'No, I don't but if you give me a few minutes, maybe I can come up with something.' In a few minutes I had written and recorded the tune. Uncle Art asked me what I wanted to name the tune. I told him I didn't know. So he said, 'Let's name it "San Antonio Rose."' This was an instrumental and it sold very well. The recording company asked me to record it again with lyrics. I worked for two years before finally finishing the words and recorded 'New San Antonio Rose' in April 1940." -Bob Wills

"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 most successful recording was made by Bing Crosby with Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats in 1940 - over a million copies were sold for which Bing was awarded a gold disc.

source: wikipedia, countrymusictreasures.com

San Antonio Rose

Deep within my heart lies a melody
A song of old San Antone
Where in dreams I live 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 in all your splendor knows only my heart
Call back my Rose, Rose of San Antone
Lips so sweet and tender like petals falling apart
Speak once again of my love, my own.

Broken song, empty words I know
Still live in my heart all alone
For that moonlit pass by the Alamo
And Rose, my Rose of San Antone. 
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This topic contains 23 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  John Cockman 4 months ago.

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  • #29066

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    A much-requested western swing song written by the legendary Bob Wills.

    San Antonio Rose

    #29068
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    I have an HP printer, and most of the time when I try to print the sheet music I get a page with the staff lines and a bunch of jibberish. If I mess around long enough I can usually get it to print correctly, but I waste a lot of paper trying. What has worked best is to bring up the music I want to print, then go to file/print preview. The preview may come up with the jibberish. If so I close the preview and bring it up again. On the second try it might blink around then come up with the music looking OK, and then it might print correctly. If not, I’ve got it to print right by selecting the box in the print dialog that says to select the pages to print instead of selecting ‘all’. Sometimes I don’t know what I did to make it work….but I’d bet I’m not the only one that has this problem..I’m just writing this to say if you keep trying you can probably get it done one way or the other. I also use Firefox which is open source. I suspect the problem is some HP or Windows proprietary garbage.

    #29075

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This happens with a lot of PDF files, especially musical notation that has so many little images (notes and staffs). In order to print from your web browser window successfully, you have to print the page as an image. Here are some instructions:

    https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/quick-fix-print-pdf-image.html

    Alternatively, save the PDF file to your computer, then open it in Adobe Reader and print from there.

    #29108

    Joe
    Participant

    thanks John for doing this song, its always been one of my favorites.

    #29109
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, that was beautiful and thank you for it! How much have you lost? You look a little frail!

    #29113

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome, Joe and Rock. 🙂

    Rock, I lost 25 pounds, but then gained 5 back. 🙁  Thank you though!

    #29114
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, Scott would be happy! Your looking great! 🙂

    #29117

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Thanks good buddy! I am puting off updating my Friday health report until the end of the semester when I actually do something besides stand in front of a computer all day.

    The good news is, last year San Antonio had the 2nd-highest obesity rate of any major U.S. city. At 31% obesity, it ranks only slightly behind Memphis. I can just move to San Antonio and make a living busking downtown. I’d fit right in!

    Do you know what would make this romantic proposal in front of the Alamo even sweeter?

    That’s right — a live rendition of “San Antonio Rose!” Alamo City, here I come! Puffy tacos, anyone?

    #29118
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Haha! John, those people are in fine shape. Come over ta Tenn. You are about eight inches taller than me and I bet I out weigh you! 🙁 🙁 🙁 Wa Wa Wa. The last time I went to the Dr. well lets just say it wasn’t pleasant!
    You keep up the good work though, I have to go walking now and I’ll be singing San Antonio Rose all the way!!!!!

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    #29120
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    I went for the walk planning to sing San Antonio Rose….But I had this, maybe the best written songs of all time, on my mind.

    I cried, John. 🙁

    #29135

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    You should put this in the Tune Request forum!

    #29136
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    No…no he didn’t..

    #29140
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    John, I have heard you do a good Willie Nelson impersonation. We would really like to hear it!

    #29145

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha I have a decent Willie but a better Cash. I apologize for the pictorial joke above. I only did that because I have been gaining my weight back!

    #29153

    Kaeleigh
    Participant

    Thank you soo much for this lesson! I’m a western swing and a Bob Wills fan and I can’t wait to learn this tune! I do think, though, that it will have to wait until after Christmas! 🙂

    #29159

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Kaeleigh, I can’t wait to hear you play this one!

    #29170
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    Nice lesson, John.  Thanks for posting this popular tune.

    #29171
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Hello Scott, it is good to see you..or hear you..well you know what I mean! I guess you went to the Islands or some exotic place! 🙁

    #29182
    nagumaq
    nagumaq
    Participant

    [quote=29117]a live rendition of “San Antonio Rose!” Alamo City, here I come! Puffy tacos, anyone?[/quote]
    Oh man that s so funny, I had not checked out this thread in a while, crack me up funny, lol
    your so funny John,
    thanks for the lesson too :O)
    Gu

    #29195

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Anyone who’s ever been to San Antonio knows how popular the puffy tacos are. The problem is, they lead to puffy thighs!

    #29217
    Rock
    Rock
    Participant

    Ha LoL. I lost my heart in San Antonio!

    #29221

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    It is a beautiful city. I spent two days there and loved every minute.

    #52585
    ruckydoo
    ruckydoo
    Participant

    Just added Rose of San Antonio to my practice list.  Always loved it and just had someone from that town spend a night with us so was inspired.   Enjoy reading these histories of the songs that you add too. Enjoy wandering about in that town too.

    The Alamo fascinates me and I may have a family member that fought there too.  Col. Travis and I may share some relatives from the 1700’s but haven’t done extensive research yet but have Ancestry .com on the payroll now to help me on that.

    Wasn’t aware of Bob Wills having been a barber.   Thanks for defining “Fine” and “D.S. al Fine.”

    #52613

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I really enjoyed my one visit to the Alamo. This is incidentally one of my favorite Johnny Cash tunes.

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