LISTEN: Radiohead - Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

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From the Radiohead website:

Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111. I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4. The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me. It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death. It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny. I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.

It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us. I hope we do not forget.

As Harry himself said "Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims".

I would venture to add that this is easily the best thing I've heard from the band in a decade. I am not ashamed to say that I dropped a tear.

Download the song in high quality here. All proceeds go to The Royal British Legion.

Listen to the interview Thom mentions here.

Lyrics:

"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"