Flying Towards Arnhem (Simon Wright lyric) Rock

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B minor [ish] all through apart from : Eb [ish] sections at 1:39 - 1:45 3:15 - 3:21 4:57 - 5:04

 

This is a lyric that references a failed Allied (British & American) mission that happened in September 1944. The mission was called Market Garden, and was an audacious attempt to bring World War Two to an early end.

My lyric was inspired by hearing the story of World War Two RAF pilot Bill Eames who happens to be from my home town, Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. Here's an article that includes a clip of him being interviewed by kids at my old primary school, in which he talks about the role he played on D-Day. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-50932306

I read separately that he was injured in the Market Garden mission over Arnhem. The lyric is not specifically about Bill Eames but about young men like him.

 

Flying towards Arnhem

 

F/X: Sounds of World War Two aeroplanes flying during a war-time mission

 

(Spoken – sound over aircraft radio)

 

Operation Market Garden is a go. Give them hell, guys!

 


(Verse 1 )

 

Flying towards Arnhem

 

Praying for the roll of the dice

 

Thinking about girlfriends

 

Who might one day become wives

 

 

 

Looks like carnage

 

Oh so brutal

 

I know we'll take fire,

 

Will need luck to stay alive

 

There's no room for error

 

When you're walking on the wire

 

 

 

(Chorus)

 

Flying towards Arnhem

 

Walking on the wire

 

Flying towards Arnhem

 

Headed for enemy fire

 

 

 

(Verse 2)

 

Flying towards Arnhem

 

Guided by the sight of the flak

 

Hoping we'll have angels

 

And the wind at our back

 


It is carnage

 

It is brutal

 

Both squadrons taking fire,

 

I don't know if I’ll survive

 

There's no room for error

 

When you're walking on the wire

 


(Bridge)

 

Smoke and blood and guts

 

Bomb blasts ringing in my ears,

 

Rat-a-tat-tat-tat

 

Every second feels like years,

 

Blood on my fingers

 

When I touch them to my side,

 

Life losing altitude

 

Pull out of this deep dive

 


(Verse 3)

 

Flying back from Arnhem

 

Holding to the promise I made

 

Life dripping like soft tears

 

I wouldn't let her image fade

 


Life is carnage

 

It is brutal

 

I’m not a liar,

 

But love's worth holding onto

 

It'll give you courage

 

When you're walking on the wire

 


(Chorus - alternative)

 

Flying back from Arnhem

 

Teetering on the wire

 

Plummeting back from Arnhem

 

Her love kept me in the sky

 

And landed  me safe back in her arms

 

 

 

Written by Simon Wright

 

(April 2020)

 

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Genre Rock Key Bm /Ebm BPM 160.0

Collaboration started April 3, 2020 by SimonW
Last upload 2mo+23dy ago


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SimonW Simon Wright
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Nimrod J W
Navarre Beach FLA USA
PLUS
PolarBear Ken Swanson
Minnesota USA
PLUS
Redfish Tony Gee
Leighton Buzzard United Kingdom
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PLUS
Calderon Ambrose Newton
Guildford Surrey United Kingdom
PLUS
EricRos Eric Rosenthal
xenia Ohio USA