Remember Poppy Day

Music By Olly Wedgwood | Lyrics & Poem by Chris Grace | Poppy Art By Teresa Scannella

Remembering The Many Who Have Fought Or Died In The Wars & Those Affected By Their Sacrifices

Please Observe Two Minutes Silence at 11am on Armistice Day (11th November) or on Remembrance Sunday

 
  

The Remember Poppy Day Poem - Full Length

This poem is subject to copyright, but portions of it may be used
on websites or blogs under the conditions detailed below the poem.
   
  I remember when I was young
a strange day in a crowded town
everyone rushing and then a bell
people stood like statues and silence fell
  Buses halted, although planes still flew
factories stopped and offices too
and then I heard my Mother say
"Remember, this is Poppy Day"
  chorus
  We all live such hectic lives these days
as we rush around and round
forgetting itís poppy day,
and forgetting those so still in the ground
  So take a minute of your life to remember
a minute's so much less than the years
of their lives, they gave for me and you
and remember the survivors and their tears
  That loud bang I heard, what was it?
my son rushing out and slamming the door?
our hectic lifestyles now are so different
I don't realise the distant roar..
  is the cannon firing in London
it's eleven and I'm late again
for a meeting, I dash out and copy my son
slam the door, thatís another Armistice gone
  There's a man from a different generation,
not in a rush like you and me
he fought and his side won the war
but he's not thinking of victory
  He's thinking of loss, the loss of the many men
faces he remembers, but will never see again
so young & brave & scared, they died in the wars
friends & comrades fighting for a common cause
  He rarely talks about the war
doesn't speak of the horrors that he saw
the dead are victims but so is he
there's no such thing as victory
  And remember wars have two sides
remember the enemy who died
the sad thing about the great victory
he had to kill people like him, and like you and me
  There's no day to remember them
so remember the survivors too
they are also victims
they fought for me and you
  Also standing in the dwindling crowd
which get smaller every year
are those who survived those dreadful years
sons and lovers lost, those endless tears
  We all live hectic lives these days
as we rush around and round
forgetting its poppy day,
and forgetting those so still in the ground
  So take a minute of your life to remember
a minute's so much less than the years
of their lives, they gave for me and you
and remember the survivors and their tears
  But then after all the sad moments
remember to be happy
it's what they'd have wanted for us
when they died for you and me
  Yes after all the sad moments
be happy and full of joy
live the happy life they would have wanted
for the families of their girls and boys
  Yes, so after all the sad moments
remember to be happy
It's what they'd have wanted for us
when they died for you and me

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The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported in the Manchester Guardian on 12 November 1919:
After writing the poem, I found this account on Wikipedia of the first two minute silence and it brings to life the first passage of the poem, although in an era pre-modern technology;
"The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition.
Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern.
Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all".
 
Poppy Cross Memorial - Remembrance Day
 
 
Remember Poppy Day by Chris Grace
© Copyright Olly Wedgwood Music Ltd
This poem is subject to copyright, but portions of it may ne used on websites or blogs under the following conditions;
1. That no more than 5 verses plus the chorus are published and the word count does not exceed 180.
2. The words of the poem or lyrics are not amended in any way.
3. That directly at the end of the poem / lyrics the following credits and link are published;
  Extract from ĎRemember Poppy Dayí by Chris Grace & Olly Wedgwood.
For the song, video, art and full poem visit the website www.remember-poppy-day.com
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  The Single Is Available Here | See The Video | Article | The Poppy Art
Photos courtesy of Rachael Talibart
  Remembrance Memorial - Royal Air Force Runneymede Surrey UK
  Music - Listen & Download
 
 

The Remember Poppy Day Team

  Left to right:
  Olly Wedgwood
writer - music, piano, vocals
  Georgi Bartlett
saxophone
  Chris Grace
writer - poem & lyrics, website
  Teresa Scannella
artist - poppy fields painting
  Sam Wedgwood
backing vocals & various instruments
  Rachael Talibart
photographer (this side of the lens!)
 

Remember Poppy Day

 
Contact Us    email:  info@remember-poppy-day.com  Tel from the UK:  01483 771 345
Tel from outside the UK:  +44 1483 771 345
 
 

Music By Olly Wedgwood | Lyrics & Poem by Chris Grace | Poppy Art By Teresa Scannella

 
Optional Additional Charity Donation   Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal - Fundraising Page
If you would like to make an additional contribution, we have set up a fundraising page for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. To donate, click on the image on the right.
www.remember-poppy-day.com

Please Observe Two Minutes Silence at 11am on Armistice Day (11th November) or on Remembrance Sunday


 
 
Official Facebook page for Remember Poppy Day
 
Woking Alzheimer's Sociaety Charity Donation
£400 raised for
Alzheimer's Society
 
Live Radio Appearances
Please note: since these BBC Radio appearances, the proportion to the charities has been raised to 100% of profits to Poppy Apeal for all Music and 50% on Art & Cards to Alzheimer's Society
BBC Radio Surrey - Guildford
104FM | 104.6 FM
Hear a recording
of Chris live on
BBC Radio Surrey
& BBC Radio Sussex
Chris was live from the Guildford studios as a
main feature
discussing the Remember Poppy Day Project
Also the Sarah Gorrell Show
BBC Radio Sussex
95.3FM | 104.5FM | 104.8FM | DAB
 
November 11 Remember Poppy Day on Ukranian TV Inter - main News Programme
International TV
Olly was filmed by Inter, the leading Ukranian TV Channel for broadcast on their peak news programmes on November 11th (up to 40 million viewers)
See Ukranian TV
News Coverage
Remember Poppy Day on Ukranian TV Channel Inter
Remembrance Day 11th November
 
Hear a recording
of Olly live on
BBC 3 Counties Radio
BBC Radio Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire
95.5FM | 103.8 FM | 1045FM
Olly was live from the Luton studios as a main feature
and also had another
Radio interview with
BBC Radio Milton Keynes
 
 
 
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Some of your comments
"Really lovely and moving , well done!"
Alison Davey

ďI looked at the website and after listening to the song and seeing the photos I was filled with such emotion that I am still crying now as I write this email.
You have done an incredible job putting this together and I really do feel privileged to be part of it. I wish everyone huge success.Ē
Teresa Scannella
Woking Surrey

"Love the song and lyrics "
Linda Stone
Hinchley Wood, Surrey

 

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