Internationally-acclaimed Songwriter,
Performer and Recording Artist
from County Durham, England

Gary Miller Songs

"As a song poet there are few in the world today to match him"
Green Man Review, USA

 

Grandpa Mill

 

Lyrics

Grandpa Mill, I see you
As a short but handsome young man
Too young was I to understand
The pain and suffering you went through

Sitting on your lovely horse
Before the mustard gas attacked you
Through your long years, what could you do
But face it bravely of course

I remember many things
The short, sharp bark when you laughed
The clean white hanky that sponged away the tears
But most of all, I recall my love for you

Grandpa, dry your eyes
Let me take the pain away
I never once heard you complain
Grandpa, dry your eyes

And Grandpa, through the years
I recall your winning smile
You kept joking all the while
Grandpa, through the tears

I remember many things
The short, sharp bark when you laughed
The clean white hanky that sponged away the tears
But most of all, I recall my love for you 


Playing cards on rainy days
Then a change upon your face
Abject misery mixed with rage
Let me take the pain away

Now I’m older and you’re gone
You fought your battles through the years
I never understood your moods then
But I do now

I remember many things
The short, sharp bark when you laughed
The clean white hanky that sponged away the tears
But most of all, I recall my love for you


(Gary Miller)


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Notes

Commissioned for 'Reflections on War', a community arts project and exhibition at York Art Gallery for York Museums Trust.


Inspired by writings by and conversations with Susan Elizabeth Elliot and are based on the true story of her Grandfather Archibald Frederick Harold Mill (1890-1985), who played cornet in a military band in Battersea prior to the outbreak of the First World War. When war was declared, he signed on at Woolwich Barracks and was sent to France as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery. He fought at Ypres and suffered two attacks of mustard gas.

 
 
 

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