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Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)

16 Aug 07 - 12:01 PM (#2127105)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE SHORES OF NORMANDY (Jim Radford)
From: Jhim

THE SHORES OF NORMANDY
(Jim Radford)

In the cold grey light of the sixth of June, in the year of forty-four,
The Empire Larch sailed out from Poole to join with thousands more.
The largest fleet the world had seen, we sailed in close array,
And we set our course for Normandy at the dawning of the day.

There was not one man in all our crew but knew what lay in store,
For we had waited for that day through five long years of war.
We knew that many would not return, yet all our hearts were true,
For we were bound for Normandy, where we had a job to do.

Now the Empire Larch was a deep-sea tug with a crew of thirty-three,
And I was just the galley-boy on my first trip to sea.
I little thought when I left home of the dreadful sights I'd see,
But I came to manhood on the day that I first saw Normandy.

At the Beach of Gold off Arromanches, 'neath the rockets' deadly glare,
We towed our blockships into place and we built a harbour there.
'Mid shot and shell we built it well, as history does agree,
While brave men died in the swirling tide on the shores of Normandy.

Like the Rodney and the Nelson, there were ships of great renown,
But rescue tugs all did their share as many a ship went down.
We ran our pontoons to the shore within the Mulberry's lee,
And we made safe berth for the tanks and guns that would set all Europe free.

For every hero's name that's known, a thousand died as well.
On stakes and wire their bodies hung, rocked in the ocean swell;
And many a mother wept that day for the sons they loved so well,
Men who cracked a joke and cadged a smoke as they stormed the gates of hell.

As the years pass by, I can still recall the men I saw that day
Who died upon that blood-soaked sand where now sweet children play;
And those of you who were unborn, who've lived in liberty,
Remember those who made it so on the shores of Normandy.
________________________________________


NOTES.

This is an original folk-song written around the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944. It is an account of the author's experience as a fifteen-year-old galley-boy on one of the Deep-Sea tugs that built the breakwater and the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches (Gold Beach). The lyrics are original but the tune is Raglan Road (The Dawning of the Day). It was recorded by the late Rod Shearman on his album "Off to sea again" (http://chanteycabin.co.uk/Rod%20Shearman/Rod%20Shearman.htm) and also appears on a CD produced by the St Johns' (School) History Society and the Normandy Veterans Association. It is regularly performed in Folk Clubs and Maritime music festivals in the UK and won the 2007 Scarborough SeaFest "Song for the Sea" competition.

There are no copyright objections to reproduction of the lyrics for non-commercial purposes.

JR


11 Feb 11 - 03:04 PM (#3093407)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Observer

Jim has followed up his "Shores of Normandy" with another great song of the sea. "The Merchant Seaman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKl51RFZiVQ) is a tribute to the wartime Merchant Navy (and perhaps also to Jim's elder brother Jack, lost with all his shipmates when U123 sank the SS Cree in 1940) and won the Festival on the Moor Song of the Year award in 2009.

It is another original folk-song (even conforming to Ewan McColl's unreasonably stringent definition as Jim was a Merchant Seaman in 1944) but the origin of the tune is uncertain. Jim says it may be origianl, or perhaps a half remembered melody he heard somewhere. All in the best folk tradition.


20 Jun 11 - 10:29 AM (#3173299)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Mikey D

It's also been recorded by a duo called Trim Rig and a Doxy on a CD called Ships That Wait No Tide. I heard them perform this song at the Middlewich Folk and Boat festival and I really liked it.


20 Jun 11 - 11:11 AM (#3173321)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,sailor ron

I heard JIm sing SoN at Ellesmere Port over Easter. A brilliant song & well performed, defenitly in my 'top 10' composed nautical songs.


20 Jun 11 - 07:10 PM (#3173573)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Abdul The Bul Bul

and the Merchant Seaman/ Merchant Navy Men is on utoob somewhere. Knocked me out when he stood up and sang it at Lower Stoke.

Hold on, I'll find it.
Ahoy

Al


06 Jun 14 - 04:59 PM (#3630881)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Chris R

Just watched Jim sing this on TV for the D-Day remembrance at Albert Hall - it was very moving.
Thank you Jim, not just for the song but for everything you did that day.
We will never forget.


06 Jun 14 - 05:14 PM (#3630887)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Peter Shores

My dad john shores was there on sword beach ... Loved it :-)


06 Jun 14 - 05:21 PM (#3630889)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

Great lyrics and so poignantly performed on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I just can't understand why I haven't heard this before. Having visited the Normandy shores it must have been so very frightening to be landed there and to face the enemy guns, and the depth of the sea at the Mulberry Harbour. We are all so grateful to you, and those who fought in WW2.


06 Jun 14 - 05:26 PM (#3630892)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Guest

So moving. Here to all that ah been said


06 Jun 14 - 05:44 PM (#3630897)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Malcolm Wade

Brilliant performance at the Albert Hall tonight at the D Day remembered 70 years on event.
Thank you for the wonderful performance and for what you all did in 1944. Always remembering and never forgetting.


06 Jun 14 - 05:47 PM (#3630899)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Pete Caveney

Saw the BBC broadcast and loved Jim's performance; ditto to all the comments from today. My late Dad was there at the age of 23, it must have terrifying for those lads. Thank you to all those guys from '44


06 Jun 14 - 05:49 PM (#3630900)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,spud taylor

I saw the performance on TV tonight from the Albert Hall, again i am one who has never heard this song before,but was so moved by the delivery of it, once aain i echo the thanks owed to all those brave men who secured our freedom by their sacrifice on that day and the days that followed,they will not be forgotten ever.


06 Jun 14 - 06:10 PM (#3630907)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Mike Gething

I, too, saw the performance tonight and heard this song for the first time. I was moved and humbled. I echo all the thanks voiced above.

As an ex-patriate East Yorkshireman from Bridlington now living "darn sarf", I have commended the whole concert on iPlayer to the members of Sussex Weald Branch, RBL, and posted the link to this site.


06 Jun 14 - 06:15 PM (#3630909)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Pat Huxtable

We're just back in from our local cinema.
Jim's singing of this song was the most moving performance, beautifully sung, just simply sung in a very relaxed manner, of course the sentiments were also profound...


06 Jun 14 - 06:17 PM (#3630910)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

Why can we not download this song with Jim radford singing , just saw it live in the cue cinema fantastic


06 Jun 14 - 06:25 PM (#3630912)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Mick Kirby

Watched the program ion my ipad Jim need to record this number and release it ASAP!


06 Jun 14 - 06:26 PM (#3630914)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Patricia

We have just returned from watching the Albert Hall 'live' at Watford Cinema and found SoN the most moving aspect and think it should be played on the radio for a long time to come.


06 Jun 14 - 06:27 PM (#3630915)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Guest Alison

Please tell me where I can download this song from - amazing!


06 Jun 14 - 06:34 PM (#3630920)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

alan from great Easton when will record this song it just moved me


06 Jun 14 - 06:40 PM (#3630922)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Leadfingers

Its on i player - D Day 70 years On


06 Jun 14 - 06:48 PM (#3630927)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Andy

Thank You, Jim Radford.....for your service and this very moving song.


06 Jun 14 - 06:57 PM (#3630931)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

Please get tonight's performance released, it would make the perfect Help for Heroes charity record. Jim Radford's rendition tonight perfectly summed up everything about this incredible piece of history to which we all owe so much.
Thanks Jim for such a great musical gift.


06 Jun 14 - 07:56 PM (#3630937)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,John, northwich.

Just watched Jim on BBC . Wow, what a song, not a dry eye in the house. Makes you feel very humble for what you guys did for us all. God bless you.


06 Jun 14 - 08:11 PM (#3630938)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,John, northwich

Please release this as a record and let's get it to number 1 with the money going to the vets,british legion and help for hero's. Come on, we can do this.


06 Jun 14 - 08:18 PM (#3630940)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

I too thought Jim Radfords performance of the Song "Shores of Normandy" at tonights Albert Hall Concert for the 70th Anniversay of the Normany Landings was prfect for the occasion, hence the spontaneous audience applause. Please get this Song and othe similar Jim Radford Sea Songs release, even the Song as a Single. Many thanks


06 Jun 14 - 09:35 PM (#3630953)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,david lee

There are moments in life- and Jim's incredible tribure was one.Moved beyond belief.With guys like him you can see why the Allies prevailed.


07 Jun 14 - 12:14 AM (#3630984)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Simon Griffiths

Good Lord Jim that song has knocked me for six. My generation are so grateful for what your generation did during those terrible times. We shall never forget.


07 Jun 14 - 02:57 AM (#3630999)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Jan and Nigel Richardson

Wow !

An incredible performance which so perfectly captured the mood of the evening and, in fact the whole memorable day. Thank you Jim


07 Jun 14 - 04:40 AM (#3631024)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Stephanie Kirke & Ken Brunsden

Dear Jim so grateful to have our hearts and minds washed over with
your words of this truth - a truly defining and moving moment for both of us -


07 Jun 14 - 04:44 AM (#3631026)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Acorn4

Chatting to Jim at Sussex Song and Ale a couple of years ago, I remember him saying, I'm pretty sure, that he is actually the youngest surviving D-Day veteran. Great that the song is reaching such a wide audience at the anniversary.


07 Jun 14 - 04:56 AM (#3631028)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Keith A of Hertford

He was almost certainly the youngest there.


07 Jun 14 - 05:51 AM (#3631051)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: breezy

Thats a Folk song and his reference to 'Dawning of the day' very clever too.
like others I had not heard it and I was listening to the radio prog when it came on. Glad I was parked up.
Its a rarity when a composer sings his own songs superbly, and didnt he look relaxed? Liked the pony tail
Will it get airplay ?
The BBC ?
Congratulations Jim and Thank you.
I typed in Jim Radford Folk singer to arrive back on the mudcat
breezy


07 Jun 14 - 05:58 AM (#3631055)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: breezy

and he's associated with the 'folk mob ' in s e london, !!


07 Jun 14 - 10:27 AM (#3631133)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Catherine THIBAUT

I wish I had known about this shanty years ago, last night at the concert my heart was touched with such overwhelming emotion! My Father survived but his two brothers lost, so I never knew my uncles or the cousins I would have had as family !
I am stunned that Jim is only now getting the SO well deserved recognition, what a wonderful gentleman I hope one day I have the honour to meet him.
Shame he wasn't mentioned on the BBC as a preformer, but his modesty is noticeable.
THANK YOU
JIM from the bottom of my heart


08 Jun 14 - 05:37 AM (#3631329)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: bubblyrat

Have just read all his beautiful words on this thread. I saw/heard him perform briefly a couple of times on BBC programmes related to D-Day ,but he was only seen performing two verses ,particularly at the banquet at Saint Pauls ; as usual,the BBC were more interested on what the guests were wearing than the veterans and their stories. But what a
great song and what an inspired tune to use !

Sadly , my Dad missed D-Day , but then he was over Berlin in a B17G at the time !!


08 Jun 14 - 05:15 PM (#3631492)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Guest, Ann Gilbertson

My husband and I watched the BBC show at Dunfermline Odeon after helping with a collection for Poppy Scotland. It was very moving and Jim's performance just amazing. Where can I get a CD?
My late father ,John Spence, was a Seaborne Observer on loan to USS Charles Carroll at Omaha Beach. I have his written memories from 40 years after D Day.


08 Jun 14 - 10:16 PM (#3631553)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Charley Noble

Thanks for refreshing this thread.

The CD is still available from Chanteycabin in the UK.

Charlie Ipcar


09 Jun 14 - 05:13 AM (#3631591)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Lindsey Kerr

I just heard your song on Chris Evans'radio 2 breakfast show. I stayed in my car outside work with tears streaming down my face. The part about caging a smoke really bought home the enormity of it all. Such a moving song. Thank you for everything.


09 Jun 14 - 05:19 AM (#3631592)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Mike Russell

Jim
What a great, poignant song. It was the highlight of my D-Day remembrance. My dear old Dad was on the Mulberry harbour so this brought it all back to me.


09 Jun 14 - 06:05 AM (#3631598)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dennis the Elder

I have just found this thread and thanks to Leadfinger, clicked on the link to Jim's rendition at the Albert Hall.
Now that what I call a folk song, written and sung by Jim himself from his experience on D Day, so moving. My Dad was in Lancashire bombers during the war, flying a great number of missions over Germany and the rest of Europe like Jim my dad was very lucky to survive.
Thanks Jim for your story and I intend to sing your song at the Wath Folk Club, here in Yorkshire at next sundays sing around. I sang Keith Marsden's St Aubin Sur Mer last night in remembrance, but wish I had discovered your song, Jim, a little earlier.
Thanks Jim for your song and for your brave actions on D Day and after.


09 Jun 14 - 07:36 AM (#3631622)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dave the Gnome

It's on You Tube for those who cannot get BBC iplayer. Good because it makes it more available. Bad because Jim doesn't get anything for it :-( I have asked how I can make a donation to the Normandy Veterans Association. Let you know when I get a reply.

Cheers

DtG


09 Jun 14 - 07:38 AM (#3631623)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Ian

What a poignant song and what a superb performance!
Thank you ,Jim for a wonderful song and for everything you did.


09 Jun 14 - 08:10 AM (#3631631)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Seamus Kennedy

Incredibly moving! Typing through tears. Great job, Jim.


09 Jun 14 - 08:15 AM (#3631634)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Wee Jock

I would urge all mudcatters to listen to Jim singing his fantastic song, it is amazing,and his performance was from the heart. The applause and the standing ovation given to him by the audience was richly deserved.      

We owe all these men who fought at Normandy and other great battles,our   heartfelt gratitude.

Cheers

Wee Jock


09 Jun 14 - 10:33 AM (#3631683)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Ian

I don't know how to do fancy social media stuff.

Can someone with the know how get some sort of social media campaign together to get the BBC to release it and try to get it to number one.


09 Jun 14 - 12:33 PM (#3631736)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

Refresh


09 Jun 14 - 02:30 PM (#3631777)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Deborah Barton

I too was knocked sideways listening to this performance on Radio 2 this morning. Had to stop the car and pull over to wipe away all the tears. What a hero and what a truly moving tribute to all who played a part in the D day landings. Jim, the actions of you and your comrades will never ever be forgotten. I was born 25 years after the end of WW2 and have such respect and pride for you all. My 8 year old son loved your song too and keeps asking to hear it again and "why did that happen"? We all owe you more than mere words could ever express. Xxx


11 Jun 14 - 03:07 PM (#3632249)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Guest simon stone Fewings

Just heard this again on Mark Radcliffe show.Ditto to all the above,thank you Jim and all those who fought for the freedom we so often take for granted,lest we forget.


11 Jun 14 - 06:58 PM (#3632293)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Guest

The CD available from Chantycabin is probably the late Rod Shearman's "Off to Sea Again". It's a good album but his version of the Shores of Normandy is a little slow for my liking. 'Trim Rig & a Doxy' have also recorded this track on one of their albums (probably also available from Chantycabin) but I haven't heard it. The only version by Jim himself which might be available to purchase is on a CD by the St John's School History Society (produced in co-operation with the Normandy Veterans' Association) but I don't know if this is still available. For those who are also interested in naval or military history there is of course the 'Mayday Tugs of War' documentary film on DVD which features this song and which tells the little-known story of the Wartime rescue Tug Service.

Jim has made various other recordings of his song but none released commercially - he is not a professional singer after all.


11 Jun 14 - 07:38 PM (#3632306)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Peter Scofield -Tideway

What a great TV moment. They don't come along that often! Surely this will find a place on the folk circuit.


12 Jun 14 - 03:23 AM (#3632357)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Joe Offer

Somebody named Trevor sent me this e-mail. He points out that in the 2014 70th-anniversary recording, Jim says he wrote this song in about 1960 - indeed, Jim says it is the first song he ever wrote. In his 2007 post in this thread, Jim says he wrote the song for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, which would have been 1994.
    Hi
    I have just been reading the very moving comments on the thread for the Lyrics of the Jim Radford song "Shores of Normandy" which as many have mentioned is a brilliant review and reflection of that day.
    Being unfamiliar with the site I don't know if it is possible to contact the author to point out a small typo. The song was written in about 1960 circa 15 years after D Day not 50 years later. Jim would have been about 31 as opposed to 66, which I think is relevant when understanding the thought process of a young man seeing the beaches again for the first time. Sorry to sound like a nerd but the song is so moving and Jim Radford such an incredible person that I think it would be the right thing to correct this typo, if possible.
    You have a very interesting website which I am thoroughly enjoying exploring. Well done.
    Best regards
    Trevor

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsVQMfxIfks

    In this clip around 1 minute in Jim states when he wrote the song


27 Jun 14 - 12:46 PM (#3637136)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Stewart Atkinson

Your lyrics beat out true and strong, yesterday ,today and will forever be in our heart's. God bless you Jim Radford and all our forefathers for giving us our freedom.


Sincerely

Stewart


28 Jun 14 - 12:00 PM (#3637368)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Sandra in Sydney

thanks Dave for posting the link, it's a very powerful performance & I'm another one with tears in her eyes from seeing it.

I spent a fair bit of yesterday (Sat) & will spend more time later today listening to Australian radio documentaries on the First World War, another anniversary this month

sandra


04 Jul 14 - 04:52 AM (#3638892)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dave the Gnome

Hi All

I got a response from the Normandy Veterans Association and have made a donation. Anyone else who enjoyed the performance and feels the need to assist this worthy cause can do the same. I was given permission to post the details of how to donate but as it involved bank account details I am a little reluctant to make them public. If anyone does want to donate please PM me here or, if you are a Guest, send an email to my gmail.com account, dpolshaw, and I will happily forward the details on.

If anyone knows whether Jim would prefer donations elsewhere please feel free to let us know.

Cheers

DtG


06 Jul 14 - 04:33 AM (#3639485)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dave the Gnome

No-one interested? :-(

DtG


16 Jul 14 - 06:00 PM (#3642678)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Steve

The message from "Trevor" posted via Joe Offer (12 July 2014) stating that there is a typo is not correct. In talking to Jeremy Vine at the Albert Hall before he sang Jim said he decided to write the song when he visited Arromanches in about 1960. He does not say that he wrote the song then; merely that he decided to write it. In fact Jim's memory is faulty (it happens; especially over a long and eventful life) and his first return to Arromanches was nearer to 1970 than 1960. Then he wrote the song over several years, trying different lyrics with various tunes (eventually settling on 'Raglan Road') but did not actually perform it until 1994 when he was 65 and he went to France again for the 50th anniversary events. He had also finished full time work shortly before then and thus had more time to devote to the folk music scene and so began to get regular requests to sing it at different clubs and venues.

Since writing this first song Jim has written several more (including 'The Merchant Seaman' - a tribute to the WWII Merchant Navy in which he and his two brothers all served, one brother losing his life with all his shipmates) and 'A Song for Stephen Lawrence' - the lad murdered in 1993 just yards from Jim's own Folk Club venue). All these songs have won awards in Jim's home County of Yorkshire and are regularly performed at folk clubs and festivals.

Jim's web page is here http://www.offbeat.karoo.net/shantyman


08 Nov 14 - 05:53 PM (#3675750)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

Just watched Jim's rendition of "The Shores of Normandy" on the British Legion Festival of Remembrance programme tonight - tears in my eyes, shall never forget.

Allanmac


08 Nov 14 - 06:23 PM (#3675755)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Angus Hunter

First time I have heard it   Very moving and I cried. Evening spoilt a little by a dreadful rendition and interpretation of Eric Bogles Green Fields of France. Have it by Eroc and Finbar Furey. Both great poignant renditions. Sorry Joss it was never meant to be a rock song


09 Nov 14 - 07:13 AM (#3675880)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Steve

The comment about last night's dreadful rendition of 'The Green Fields of France' needs to be shouted out loud and Joss Stone and Jeff Beck should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for this travesty. Eric Bogle wrote this song as an anti war anthem and they perform a censored and sentimentalised version that made a mockery of the original meaning. Jim Radford (who sang the best song at last night's festival) sings this in its proper version and I am sure he told Stone and Beck what he thought of their bastardised version of he got a chance to talk to them backstage. I have lost all respect for these two musicians.

If you want to hear a beautiful version of this song in its original form (sung by the talented Anne Collis) then get the CD 'A Tribute to the Normandy Veterans' (which also features Jim Radford singing various songs including 'The Shores of Normandy). The CD is available from the St John's School History Society'. You can Google Jim and find his home page to contact him for information about how to order this CD.


09 Nov 14 - 09:05 AM (#3675900)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,AlanL

Jim Radford's performance was outstanding and other performances by him can be found on the Tube of You. There irreverent, horrendous presentation was an insult to all of the fallen. They could learn much from Jim's thoughtful and touching approach to his song. Listening to him was an absolute delight.


09 Nov 14 - 09:11 AM (#3675903)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

What I meant to say before I hit the button too soon was:

"Jim Radford's performance was outstanding and other performances by him can be found on the Tube of You. Stone and Beck's horrendous, irreverent, presentation was an insult to all of the fallen. They could learn much from Jim's thoughtful and touching approach to his song. Listening to him was an absolute delight."


09 Nov 14 - 12:27 PM (#3675950)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Leadfingers

I missed Jim's spot last night , and in fact haven't seen him since this afternoon at The Cenotaph with the Veterans for Peace , of which Jim is a member ! We sang 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone' after the wreath laying


09 Nov 14 - 02:15 PM (#3675993)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Tattie Bogle

Jim was fantastic! I went out of the room for the "other" song.

Spent this afternoon singing WW1 songs as part of "The Carrying Stream Festival" in Edinburgh, in a special session with Scott Murray: all sorts of songs from those of Eric Bogle to very irreverent and rude ones which the troops used to sing.


09 Nov 14 - 04:31 PM (#3676018)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Steve Gardham

I was blown away by John Tams' performance but having just listened on Playback to Jim at the Albert Hall that is something else again. I heard Jim sing this for the first time a couple of months back at the Hull Folk Festival and I was captivated then. The massive regret I now have is that I have somehow missed out on following Jim for the last 40 years?

Unless my maths is incorrect he must be about 85. I want some of what he's been drinking!


10 Nov 14 - 05:35 AM (#3676082)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Keith A of Hertford

Compare the ripple of polite applause for JS with the standing ovation for JR.


10 Nov 14 - 02:07 PM (#3676221)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,daveB

Does any one have the Guitar chords for this one.

IT IS AMAZING!!!


10 Nov 14 - 05:16 PM (#3676264)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,ian from London

My second cousin Lance Sergeant George Hollox died on the beaches on D-Day.
Thanks to Jim Radford for such a moving tribute to all who were there on that day.


11 Nov 14 - 04:47 AM (#3676355)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Ted

Nothing wrong with your maths, Steve Gardham. IIRC the magic ingredient is rum!


11 Nov 14 - 12:54 PM (#3676453)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dead Horse

Guest daveB, the tune you are looking for is Raglan Road (Dawning of the Day)


13 Nov 14 - 08:08 PM (#3677051)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

why can't i print the words


17 Oct 15 - 08:14 PM (#3744810)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Andy

If you can't print the words from the website then try selecting them and copying them - then paste them into a word processor to print off. Alternatively you could e-mail Jim Radford for the lyrics (the telephone number on his website is out of date and waiting to be    updated but the e-mail address is correct).


13 Nov 15 - 01:04 PM (#3750555)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Mr Red

thread says: tune is 'Fainne Geal an Lae'(the dawning of the day)."

The words are so evocative but the delivery at the BBC 2014 by Jim Radford is so matter of fact, the sub message just hangs there "take it or leave it, I know, I was there"

There are times when you don't analyse you just let the emotion wash over you. That's the power of song. Particularly folk song.


16 Nov 15 - 09:03 PM (#3751485)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Tattie Bogle

One of my friends sang Jim's song " The Merchant Seaman" in St Mary's Episcopalian Cathedral in Edinburgh in August this year. This was to go with their Edinburgh Festival Fringe exhibition, commemorating the Arctic Convoys of WW2. She had been in touch with Jim beforehand and he had sanctioned her singing it: a lone voice, unamplified, a cappella, in the magnificent acoustics of Edinburgh's biggest cathedral. You couldn't have a more poignant and relevant song. One of our musicians' fathers had also served in the Arctic Convoys, and only recently been awarded, posthumously, The Arctic Star. Definitely emotional.


17 Nov 15 - 07:14 PM (#3751721)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: sciencegeek

powerful words that do justice to the sacrifice made by so many young men... thank you


07 Dec 15 - 08:28 PM (#3756592)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Sandra in Sydney

interactive photos of Normandy beaches 1944 & 2014


16 Dec 15 - 11:59 AM (#3758810)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST,Marilyn March. Dorchester.

It is the most moving song I have ever heard. Cant find it on a cd by Jim Radford. I want it and Love it. If anyone can help. Please email me... malcolmandmarilyn@uwclub.net    Thank you.


06 May 19 - 03:28 PM (#3991134)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: GUEST

For all those who complained that they couldn't find 'The Shores of Normandy' on a CD by Jim Radford; that's because Jim has never recorded a professional CD of his songs, though he does have a few copies of compilations put together by his Folk Club down in South London (Folk Mob in Eltham). There is also a compilation CD jointly published by the St John's (School) History Society and the Normandy Veterans' Association in 2004 which has a number of tracks by Jim (including Shores of Normandy) but this was never distributed by a music publisher and is hard to find nowadays. However, there is good news for those who wanted to download a copy of the song as it has just been professionally recorded with backing music (as it was sung at the BBC's Albert Hall concert in 2014, although Jim normally sings acapella) in preparation for the D-Day 75th anniversary events. Jim will be performing live at the unveiling of a memorial in Arromanches on 6 June 2019 and the new recording will probably be available for download from a commecrial site (not sure which one) shortly afterwards.


08 May 19 - 08:03 AM (#3991414)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Shores of Normandy (Jim Radford)
From: Dave the Gnome

Thanks, Guest. I just watched the performance again on YouTube and for the umpteenth time it brought a tear to my eye. Don't forget - You can donate to the Normandy Veteran's Association as well.