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Vesta Victoria "Now I Have To Call Him Father!" LYRICS British Music Hall classic

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Published on Mar 7, 2015

Vesta Victoria sings "Now I Have To Call Him Father!" on this HMV recording from 1911.

The song is by Charles Collins and Fred Godfrey.

I used to be as happy as the pigeons
on the trees. That's when I was
courtin' and me mind was well at ease.
I used to feel so loving with me Henry
by me side, looking forward to the day
when I should be his bride.

But now he's thrown me over, and I'm full of misery.

Someone else has done me out of William Henry.

He used to come and court his little Mary Ann.
I used to think that he was my young man.
But Mother caught his eye, and they got married on the sly.

Now I have to call him "Father."

He used to call me "Dreamy Eyes" and
sit me on his knee--kiss me little ruby
lips and make a fuss of me! He bought a
second-handed home to comfort me
through life. Now he's thrown me over
for a second-handed wife, and on the
Weddin' Day when he was married to
Mama, she said, "Go and wash your face,
and kiss your new Papa!"

He used to come and court his little Mary Ann.
I used to think that he was my young man.
But Mother caught his eye, and they got married on the sly.

Now I have to call him "Father."

When I came home this afternoon, it
broke me heart to see William cuddlin'
Mother as he used to cuddle me.
At ten o'clock last night I felt I'd like to
punch his head when he said to me,
"Pop off--it's time you're gone to bed."
The next young man I get, I'll let him see
me to the door, but I'll never introduce
one to me Mother anymore.

He used to come and court his little Mary Ann.
I used to think that he was my young man.
But Mother caught his eye, and they got married on the sly.

Now I have to call him "Father."
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Fred Godfrey was a prolific songwriter, writing many songs popular in Great Britain.

His heyday may have been the World War I era, with "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty" (1916) and "Bless 'Em All" (1917) being especially popular. The word "Blighty" in the former song means "home."

But he published so many songs for such a long period (like Irving Berlin in the U.S.) that identifying Fred Godrey's heyday or most popular years is difficult. Certainly songs before World War I enjoyed great success, even in America (Ada Jones recorded "Now I Have To Call Him Father" in 1909), and Godrey songs were popular throughout the 1920s and into World War II.

The name "Fred Godrey" was really a pen name. He was born Llewellyn Williams

Godfrey was born on September 17, 1880, in Swansea, Wales.

He died on February 22, 1953, in London. The analogy with Irving Berlin--two songwriters who enjoyed great success for decades, their careers beginning and ending around the same time--may be helpful except we must allow for the fact that Berlin lived to a riper age.




Vesta Victoria "Now I Have To Call Him Father!" LYRICS British Music Hall classic

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