"Last December"

by Daisy Chapman



Selftitled "Sinner/Songwriter" Daisy Chapman (UK) was asked to write a Song for the BBC Project "World War One at Home". Based on letters to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brain, whose husband died at the front, Chapman wrote the beautifully haunting Lovesong "Last December" which was airplayed on Radio and TV.

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Daisy Chapman - Last December
You told me France was cold, you always loved the winter
You told me not to worry, that was last December
You told me you'd be home before the fruit trees blossom
The buds have come and gone and spring is long forgotten.
Bravery shall see its rewards
In the war to end all wars... not mine.
They tell me zeppelins can be seen as near as London
Oh turn around and send a message to our loved ones
My gentle loving man with passion for the living
How can he serve in trenches, what does he know of killing
From Bishopsworth to Amiens, 300 miles
You can't be further from my heart when armed with rifle
He told me shrapnel was the cause of your downfall
He told me that your safe return was looking doubtful
Oh please, the breeze, go east send prayers through my window
My god, my love don't leave me here the desperate widow
Shell shock
He told me it was 10 past 3 when you left your love your bride
Your coffin wrapped in the union jack, I'll see you on the other side
You told me not to worry, that was last December


released August 6, 2014
Music & Lyrics by Daisy Chapman
Violin by Sue Lord
Recorded at BBC Bristol


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