Yellow and Rose

Album: Hourglass (1997)
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Songfacts®:

  • James Taylor sings here about the British Crown's penal transportation to Australia of deported convicts and their transformation once they'd settled there. He told Uncut: "'Yellow And Rose' is a recovery song, a song about people sent to Australia to be punished finding out that they are actually reborn."
  • Approximately 162,000 convicts were transported to the various Australian penal colonies by the British government. The last shipment of convicts from Britain arrived in Western Australia in 1868.

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