Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys ‎- San Antonio Rose

Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan and Everett Stone wrote the lyrics for the song "San Antonio Rose" so was born "New San Antonio Rose" In 1940 they recorded the song on Okeh Records.

The song “San Antonio Rose” is an instrumental song composed by the king of Western Swing “Bob Wills”.


Bob Wills, along with the Texas Playbosys, recorded it several times, the first one on November 28, 1938.


The song has become one of the great successes of Bob Wills. In 1939 the single climbed onto the national pop charts (country charts were not established until 1944) and peaked at # 15.


That same year Bob, Tommy Duncan and an associate named Everett Stone sat down and wrote the lyrics for the song.


In 1940 they recorded again the song with Okeh Records, but this time, they put the lyrics to the song. So was born “New San Antonio Rose” .This version proved to be Bob’s biggest pop hit ever, topping out at # 11.

In 1944 “New San Antonio Rose” returned to the Billboard country chart, reaching number 3.


“San Antonio Rose” And “New San Antonio Rose” has been recorded by many artists.

  “San Antonio Rose”

Some versions


Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys – San Antonio Rose(Single)

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys April 1939

Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra 1957

Floyd Cramer March 1961

The Ventures 1963

Herb Remington 1976

Jim Hendricks 1993

The Bayou Pickers February 15, 1995

The Quebe Sisters September 9, 2003

Charlie McCoy 2003

Jason Coleman 2006

 “New San Antonio Rose”

Some Versions:


Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys August 1940

Bing Crosby and His Orchestra 1941

Tex Ritter June 1946

Sons of the Pioneers February 1951

The Diamonds 1959

Patsy Cline November 27, 1961

Ray Price May 1962

Willie Nelson March 1966

Merle Haggard November 16, 1970

Asleep at the Wheel 1988

Billy Mata & The Texas Tradition 2008

Miquel Batlle Garriga

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys ‎– New San Antonio Rose Lyrics


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 path 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 fallin’ 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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