You Gave Me A Rosary

 

 

Fred Godfrey, A.J. Mills & Bennett Scott — London: Star Music, 1916.

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A poignant song, and somewhat out of character for Fred, who wasn’t religious himself (and in any case not a Roman Catholic — he came from Welsh chapel stock, was married in an Anglican Church in Treherbert, Wales, and sent his two youngest daughters to St. Stephen’s, a private Anglican girls’ school in Windsor). But, in the spirit of writing popular songs for all purposes, he, Mills, and Scott came up with this one for the wives and sweethearts of the many Catholics, mostly Irish, who were fighting on the Western Front.