Sweet Rosie O'Grady
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Lesley Nelson-Burns


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This song is credited to Maude Nugent (1877-1958), though some sources suggest it may have been written by her husband, Wiliam Jerome (1865-1932). Several publishers refused to publish it and it was only through Maude Nugent's performances that it became a hit, and finally published in 1896. It was featured in 1943 in a Betty Grable film.* Down around the corner
Of the street where I reside,
There lives the cutest little girl
That I have ever spied.
Her name is Rose O' Grady
And I don't mind telling you
That she's the sweetest little rose
This garden ever grew
Sweet Rosie O' Grady,
My dear little Rose.
She's my steady lady,
Most ev 'ryone knows;
And when we are married,
How happy we'll be;
I love Sweet Rosie O' Grady and
Rosie O' Grady loves me.


I never shall forget the day
She promised to be mine
As we sat telling love-tales
In the golden summertime
'Twas on her finger then
I placd a small engagement ring
While in the trees, the little birds,
This song they seemed to sing:
Sweet Rosie O' Grady,
My dear little Rose.
She's my steady lady,
Most ev 'ryone knows;
And when we are married,
How happy we'll be;
I love Sweet Rosie O' Grady and
Rosie O' Grady loves me.


From *Popular Irish Songs
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