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Yankee Rose by David Lee Roth

Album: Eat Em' And SmileReleased: 1986Charted:
  • This song is a tribute to the Statue Of Liberty in New York. It was released around the time the statue was being renovated, so interest was high in the statue.
  • This was Roth's third Top-40 hit. His first 2 were covers of "California Girls" and "Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody." (thanks, Jes - Mason City, IA, for above 2)
  • Roth wrote this with Steve Vai, who played guitar on the song.
  • There is also a song from the 1920s called "Yankee Rose" that was written by Sidney Holden and Abe Frankl.
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Comments: 9

awesome mtv video. When videos were at there peak. the video is shot on stage with roth getting crazy. It's the begining that is classic roth. As he walks into a liquor store after some funny scenes, he says to the clerk, " give me a bottle of anything and a glazed donut to go." classic 80's video.Horace - Las Vegas, Nv
I could tell you, Don from St Antonio, but the illuminati would track me down and kill me.Liquid Len - Ottawa, Canada
Did anyone see Roth on the "Tonight Show"?
I liked his early VH, but he's a few pucks short of a shutout.
Rob - Vancouver, Canada
Show me your bright lights!
And your city lights!
I'm talkin' 'bout a Yankee Rooose!

Classic rock is the greatest form of music. Agreed? Agreed.
Lucas - Melbourne, Australia
David Lee Roth is awesome. I like his stuff he did after Van Halen much better than what Van Halen did as Van Hagar. Roth is probably the best frontman i nmy opinion. This is an awesome song too. The wah is cool soundng too!Rikki - Ashtabula, Oh
The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey concludes with the words "Yankee Rose". I came here looking for an explanation, but there is no mention. Anyone else wanna shed light on this?Don - San Antonio, Tx
The video for this song featured Steve Vai performing his amazing "throw my guitar for a loop back over my shoulder" maneuver, without missing a note.Rob - Santa Monica, Ca
Guitarist Steve Via (ex Frank Zappa) played lead guitar on the "eat 'em and Smile" AlbumJohn - Cheshire, England