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ROSES IN SONG .14.

ST THERESA OF THE ROSES   Malcolm Vaughan

St. Therese of the roses I will come to you each night Near the altar in the chapel I will pray by candle light

St. Therese of the roses Won't you kindly hear my prayer Give your blessings to my sweetheart And the love that we both share

Won't you guide us And protect us Through the years that lie ahead Won't you fill our hearts with sunshine On the day that we are wed

You're the little flower of heaven Guiding all who come to you St. Therese of the roses I know you'll make my prayer come true

[Instrumental Interlude]

You're the little flower of heaven Guiding all who come to you St. Therese of the roses I know you'll make my prayer come true

 How times change.

In October 1956, Malcolm Vaughan was due to appear on BBC TV’s Off The Record to promote his new release, “St. Therese Of The Roses”. The invitation was withdrawn a few days later after a BBC committee had determined that the record was unsuitable for broadcast because “the lyric is contrary both to Roman Catholic doctrine and to Protestant sentiment.” The resulting controversy helped to sell records, and with airplay on Radio Luxembourg the sugary wedding song climbed to No 3, stayed on the charts for five months and sold half a million copies.


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