Song For Hillsborough


On April 15th 1989 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death
at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. I wrote this song
in the aftermath of the disaster, but then never did anything
with it - I toyed with the idea of sending it to Liverpool FC
but that felt like I was trying to cash in on so much grief,
so in the end I just left it. The only place I've ever really
wanted to sing it was in Liverpool itself, but in the last 20
years I've never sung there, so instead, what with it being the
20th anniversary, I've decided just to record it and put it up here,
for those that want to listen to it.


Darkness cuts corners like ether in the brain
It dulls the landscape and smoothes the pointed stone
It writes mysteries of paths that are well known
And makes of mountains mere shadows of itself

And I have loved you and I have lost you
To this darkness of life without you
But I will never leave you
Nor douse the flame inside
And I will never lay the ghost
Of love for those who died
And all my heart could wish for
From the tears of this crowd
Is for men to always love As they do now

And how every heart, torn asunder, fire from flame
Lives on in that darkness that roars without a sound
And how with fingers once that curled the summer round
Are traced now only the shadow shapes of grief

And I have loved you and I have lost you
To this darkness of life without you
But I will never leave you
Nor douse the flame inside
And I will never lay the ghost
Of love for those who died
And all my heart could wish for
From the tears of this crowd
Is for men to always love
As they do now


© Philip Jeays 1989
Philip Jeays © Sean K

Released April 18th 2016 Take The Slow Train album

© Philip Jeays 2011-2016