Rose of Washington SquareLyric by Ballard Macdonald Music by James F. Hanley. 1920. Hear Billy Murray sing on his recording ( ogg | mp3) from the Collected Works of Billy Murray Part 4 at archive.org Hear Brian Hefferan sing his 2004 version from his Mother I'm Wild! album View c1920 sheet music from the Lester S. Levy Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
[Verse] Am E7 They once called her Rosie the model Am She used to live up in the Bronx A7 Dm but she wandered from there down to Washington Square B7 E7 and those bohemian honkey tonks Am E7 It was there she met Charlie Adams Am He said "I like roses with stems" G D7 G He asked her to pose for a picture D7 G on the cover of Jim Jam Jim's D7 G and that`s where she first got her start D7 G G7 and now she's devoted to art, they call her [Chorus] C G7 Rose -- of Washington square C she's withering there, in basement air she's fading E7 Am posed in plain or fancy clothes D7 'cause it seems that her Roman nose G7 appeals to those artistic people C G7 Beaus, she's got plenty of those E7 wearing second-hand clothes with nice long hair F Fm she's got those Broadway vampires lashed to the mast C A7 got no future but boy what a past! D7 G7 C Rose -- of Washington square