One of the few financially successful songwriters, astute enough to create
his own music publishing company, H. Worton David wrote such classics as Wilkie Bard’s I Want To Sing In Opera (with Bert Lee, 1910); Clarice Mayne’s Nursie Nursie (with Bert Lee, 1911); Ella Retford’s They’re All Single At The Seaside (with C.W. Murphy, 1911); Florrie Forde’s Hello, Hello, Who’s Your Lady Friend? (with Harry Fragson and Bert Lee, 1913); and her Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy (with C.W. Murphy, 1914). He also wrote Are We Downhearted? No! (with Lawrence Wright, 1914); Heart Of A Rose (with Lawrence Wright as “Horatio Nicholls”, 1918); That Old Fashioned Mother Of Mine (with Lawrence Wright as “Horatio Nicholls”, 1919); Playthings (with Lawrence Wright as “Horatio Nicholls”, 1918); and A Rose In A Garden Of Weeds (with R.B. Saxe, 1926).
David teamed up with Fred Godfrey for a large number of songs, mostly in 1914 and 1915, often in partnership with fellow writer/publisher Lawrence Wright, and again in the mid-1920s. Their biggest hit undoubtedly was It Takes An Irish Heart To Sing An Irish Song (1914), which Florrie Forde sang with great success.
David and Godfrey’s other songs are
Georgie! I Like The Photograph!
The Eskimo (Zam Dammy, Zam Dammy, Zam Buk Joe) (with
Fred E. Cliffe)
I’m A Member Of The Cuckoo Club; In Honeymoon Land;
It’s An Old Scotch Tune They’re Playing; Oh! You Do
Do A Lot Of Funny Things, You Do; Ride To Church On A Gee-Gee!;
They’re All After A Girl; Watching The Boat Coming In;
The Yiddisher Irish Baby (Levi, Carney, Jacob, Barney, Michael Isaacstein)
(with Lawrence Wright), sung with great success by Shaun Glenville; You’re
A Friend Of Mine — I’m A Friend of Yours
(all with Lawrence Wright except as noted) Ah! Ah! Ah! There You Are
Again; Anywhere On Louisiana Bay; Back To Tipperary;
The Heart Of Molly Malone; Little Rosalie, My Pretty Refugee;
Here You Are Again, Miss Crinoline; Oh For The Sight Of A Girl;
On Our Happy Wedding Day (To That Little Church Just Over There);
Pretty Patty’s Proud Of Her Pink Print Petticoat; Some Little
Girl Named Mary (Mary Was My Mother’s Name); Take Me Back
To Your Heart; Then He’d Waltz Her Around; There’s
A Little Baby Up In The Moon (featured by G.H. Elliott); ’Twas
An Old-Fashioned Song He Was Singing; A Wedding On A Gee Gee;
We’re All North Country Lads And Lasses (recorded by Ella
Retford, among others); We’re In, Meredith, We’re In!;
What Do We Care, We Two?; and What The-How The-Why The-Who The-Where
Have You Been Tonight?; When It’s Your Best Girl; You Get More Like Your Mother Every Day
(David, Godfrey, and A.J. Mills)
I Was A Fool (with Andrew Allen)
He Played The Wedding March (with E.E. Bryant); W.E.M.B.L.E.Y.
(with E.E. Bryant); The Wonder Of Your Eyes (Godfrey as “Godfrey
Cross-Words (I Love You) (with E.E. Bryant); This Time Next
I’m Taking That Baby Home, which was recorded
by Jack Hylton and Ronnie Munro, among others.
Some sources also credit Godfrey as co-author, with David and C.W. Murphy, of George Formby Sr.’s I Parted My Hair In The Middle (1914), though this may be in error.
(all with Lawrence Wright except as noted) If Only You Remember, The Rest Can All Forget;
If That’s What You Call Lovin’;
Let’s Build A World Of Our Own;
Look Alive For The 9.45; My Bohemian Girl; That Beautiful Baby Song (with Raphael
Penso); and When You Wore A Tiny Pinafore.