Sing The Galveston Rose (Bud Davidge) video
See also: The Galveston Rose (MacEdward Leach)
#2226: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2011 ~ Used with permission ~

I pulled my truck off that dusty old highway,
Walked into a roadside café;
Sat down at a table and ordered a cold beer,
Took off my coat and my hat.

At the next table over an old man sipped whiskey,
In silence, his eyes nearly closed;
You could tell he was listening
on a stage in the corner,
The cowboy sang Galveston Rose.

He said, "I had a son years ago back in Houston,
They took him when his momma died;
I'd play my old guitar, we'd sing it together,
And he smiled with tears in his eyes.

"Won't you play that Galveston Rose, boy,
Sing it once more just for me;
I've only heard one other sing it like you,
Will you do it once more for me, please."

The cowboy said, "Yes, sir, I'll sing it again,
'Cause I see that it's special to you;
Ain't it funny, but of all of the songs that I sing,
You know, that's my favorite, too.

"See, I lost my daddy a long time ago,
When I was just barely a kid;
But I still recall how we'd sing it together,
I still do it the way that he did.

"So, I'll sing it for you and for my daddy, too,
What became of him God only knows;
Thank you for asking, kind sir," said the cowboy,
He sang the Galveston Rose".

Now I don't have to tell ya the rest of this story,
I'm sure that you know how it goes;
How a lonely old man and his son found each other,
In the words of a Galveston Rose.

Well, I finished my beer
and I pushed back my chair,
And headed back out on the road;
While back in that café a boy and his daddy,
Were singing the Galveston Rose.

Down in old Southern Texas, I wandered one day.

####.... Bud Davidge ....####
Recorded by Bud Davidge (Black And White, trk#11, 2009 CD, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL, recorded at Sim's Studio, Belleoram, and distributed by Tidespoint, St John's, NL).

See more songs by Bud Davidge.

A variant of Hank Snow's original 1942 ballad The Galveston Rose was collected in 1951 from Cyril O'Brien [ca.1902-?] of Trepassey, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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