Thursday, 6 August 2009

Harry Patch (In Memory Of): New Radiohead

Today Radiohead released a new song for download via their Dead Air Space website. Harry Patch (In Memory Of) is a tribute to the memory of Harry Patch, the last surviving World War I combat soldier, who died on July 25 at the age of 111 on July 25 and will be buried tomorrow.

Patch served from 1916-18, fighting on the battlefields of France in 1917. After decades of avoiding discussing the war, Patch, at age 100, became a sharp critic of WWI, and war in general. The lyrics to Harry Patch (In Memory Of) are all quotes from Patch himself.
i am the only one that got through
the others died where ever they fell
it was an ambush
they came up from all sides
give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
i've seen devils coming up from the ground
i've seen hell upon this earth
the next will be chemical but they will never learn
The download costs £1, with all proceeds going to the UK veterans' charity the Royal British Legion.

Buy the MP3 from Dead Air Space, or stream it from the BBC before donating straight to the Royal British Legion.

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