Yankee Rose” is a song recorded by David Lee Roth, featuring the prominent electric guitar of its co-writer, virtuoso Steve Vai. Roth’s first single on his 1986 first full-length solo LP Eat ‘Em and Smile, with lyrical allusions to the American National Anthem and Irving Berlin’s God Bless America, as well as July 4th, independence, flag unfurling, rocket flare, fire crackers, apple pie, and her torch light, it was recorded as a tribute to the Statue of Liberty, as the statue was completing a major renovation for the 100th anniversary of its dedication in 1886:
“coast to coast, sea to shining sea, hey sister, you’re the perfect host”
“…nothing like her in the whole world”
The song was Roth’s third Top 20 hit, the first two being covers of “California Girls” (peak #3) and “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” (peak #12). “Yankee Rose” peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Eat ‘Em And Smile is the debut full-length solo album by original Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth, released on July 7, 1986. After releasing Crazy from the Heat, an EP of lounge standards that became a surprise hit during early 1985, and subsequently parting ways with Van Halen while the band was at its […]
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David Lee Roth