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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    John (BGD)John (BGD)
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    It is a beautiful city. I spent two days there and loved every minute.

    #52585
    ruckydooruckydoo
    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 (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

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

    #84208
    Avatarcyndeejean
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    I just cant figure out the jam tracks on this song… is it just me?

    #84215
    John (BGD)John (BGD)
    Keymaster

    It’s a tricky one. The tracks are based on the Bob Wills version, so you have to modify the music a bit. Here is the structure:

    First, the kick-off begins on the fourth click. The fourth, fifth, and sixth clicks correspond to the three pick-up notes before the first full measure.

    Now, the intro: Play measures 1-4, then jump to measures 13-16. This is the introduction, or interlude.

    Next there are two verses played back-to-back. The first verse is backed up by the steel guitar, the second verse is backed up by the piano. If you are fiddling and not singing play measures 1-16 twice through.

    Next, the chorus. If you are fiddling instead of singing, play measures 17-32, then 1-16.

    Next, the fiddle break. This is a verse and a chorus. Play measures 1-32, then 1-16.

    Finally sing (or fiddle) the chorus again. This is measures 17-32, then 1-16.

    Hope that helps!
    John

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