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

Holocaust Memorial Group, Hartlepool

Songwriting Project with Holocaust Memorial Group, Hartlepool led by songwriters Gary Miller, Joe Solo and Sara Dennis with musician Brian Barnes (2015-16).

 

The song was inspired by Frank Lavin, son of the late Wilf Lavin, and the little known fact that part-time soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry helped in the liberation of Bergen Belsen in April 1945. The song is a two-way narrative split between the thoughts of a soldier and those of a young woman he is liberating.


 
 

Through The Wire

Who's that girl with eyes of stone,
A long long way, away from home,
A ghost in rags, all skin and bone,
Alone there, through the wire.


Who's that soldier, standing there,
Does he bring hope or more despair,
I've hardly strength enough to care,
Staring through the wire.


Take my hand, and don't you cry,
I've seen that look there in your eyes,
The death you fear, the hope denied,
Reaching through the wire,
Reaching through the wire.


A Durham lad, I got there first,
Was both a blessing and a curse,
For I've seen death, but this was worse,
Reaching through the wire.


He didn't seem the killing kind,
Held out his hand, I held out mine,
I've dreamt that scene, a million times,
Reaching through the wire.


Take my hand, and don't you cry,
I've seen that look there in your eyes,
The death you fear, the hope denied,
Reaching through the wire,
Reaching through the wire.


Where is the seed
Of the tree felled,
Of the forest burned,
Or living root
Under ash and cinders?
From woven bud
What last leaf strives
Into life, last
Shrivelled flower?
Is fruit of our harvest,
Our long labour
Dust to the core?
To what far, fair land
Borne on the wind
What winged seed
Or spark of fire
From holocaust
To kindle a star?


Take my hand, and don't you cry,
I've seen that look there in your eyes,
The death you fear, the hope denied,
Reaching through the wire.


Take my hand, and lead me home,
And give me strength, enough to cope,
For where there's life, there's always hope,
Reaching through the wire,
Reaching through the wire.

 

(Written & Composed by: Gary Miller, Joe Solo, Sara Dennis, and Brian Barnes and Holocaust Memorial Group, Hartlepool: Annabelle Napper, Jasmine Sirs, Caitlin Lloyd, Cieran Kirby, Robert Foster Topping, Jake Hornsey, Brandon Casey, Kate Kenny and Lois Joint)

'Paradise Seed' Poem by Kathleen Raine

Read by Sara Dennis


Song Performed by:
Joe Solo (Vocals/Backing Vocals/Rhythm & Bass Guitar)
Sara Dennis (Vocals/Backing Vocals)
Gary Miller (Acoustic Lead Guitar)
Brian Barnes (Accordion/Melodica)
Paul Hind (Drums & Percussion)
Brandon Casey (Piano/Melotron)
Phillipa Woods (Violin)
HMG Choir: Caitlyn Lloyd, Lois Joint, Jasmine Sirs, Brandon Casey, Shannon Holiday, Jake Hornsey, Oliver Pinsent


Recorded between March/April 2016 at
The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool TS24 7HQ, England

Engineered/Produced and Mastered  by Mark Folland (The Studio, Hartlepool)

 

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