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Mario Lanza - Roses of Picardy

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Published on Jul 21, 2012

Mario Lanza's voice accompanied with photos and paintings appropriate to the song lyrics tell the story of a WW1 British soldier who falls in love with a French woman while on duty in Picardy, France.

The song lyrics were written by British officer Frederick E. Weatherley and the music by Haydn Wood in 1916.

"The song was invariably sung by British soldiers who had left behind a sweetheart when they enlisted (or were conscripted) for the Front in France and Flanders. However, the song was written by Weatherley after he had conceived an affection for a French widow while receiving protection at her home in France."
(Quote is from: http://www.firstworldwar.com/audio/ro...)

The photos of Mario Lanza are from his film The Great Caruso. This film and his other ones are available for purchase from Turner Classic Movies.

The photos and paintings are listed below in order of their appearance in the video.
1) Jules Scalbert (1851-1928) - The Crown of Roses
2) WWI Gunner Francis Edward Alban Eldridge of the Royal Field Artillery by sunnybrook100
3) Profile Portrait of a Young Lady, 1893 by Dana Studios, Brooklyn, NY by AtypicalArt
4) WWI Soldiers
5) WW I Battle of the Somme
6) map of Picardy from europa eu
7) Guy Rose (1867-1925) -- title unknown
8) Herbert Arnould Olivier (1861 - 1952) -- title inknown
9) bertrandcarriere.com lieux memes 2 (long road)
10) Albert Edelfelt (1854 - 1905)- Under the Birches, 1881
11) Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825 -- 1891) -- Venus with Putti
12) Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825 -- 1891) -- He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
13) Robert Fowler (1853 -- 1926) -- Dreaming
14) George Elgar Hicks (1824 -- 1914) - A Summer Bouquet
15) Princess Matoika at St Nazaire, Loire Inferieure, France. Photo taken 20 December 1918. From the National Archives.
16) Emile Eisman-Semenowsky (1857-1911) - Beautiful Girl in Rose Hat, 1884
17) British soldier -- WW1 from www.flickr.com photos 14684508@N02 4457348865
18) British Soldiers March into Battle photo from rullom.pbworks.com w page 9178138 Archives
19) British soldiers advancing wearing gas masks
20) Trench-Coat-WWI-Soldier from artofmanliness.com 2010 10 20 man-guide-trench-coat trench-coat-wwi-soldier
21) George Elgar Hicks (1824 -- 1914) - Portrait of Mrs Rose B. Sykes
22) Annie L. Henniker - Sweet Hopes that come with Spring, 1898
23) Annie L. Henniker - Spring time, 1897
24) Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) -- In the Roses, (Madame Leon Clapisson)
25) Edward Killingworth Johnson ( 1825 - 1896 ) - Galena Sojanova
26) Jules Adolphe (1827-1906) - Looking Out To Sea Breton
27) Jean Raoux (1677--1734) - Young Woman Reading a Letter, 1730

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