Never Forget
Performed by Simon Schofield and the Sapphire Blue Choir

 'Never Forgotten' © 2016 Nic Joly, used with permission.

The song 'Never Forget' was originally commissioned in the UK by the Greater Manchester branch of the charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Air-Force Association). This version is sung by Simon Schofield and the 'Sapphire Blue' choir and is now being made available for all singers, choirs and bands. It would be ideally suited to being performed on or around Remembrance Day.

Alternatively you may want to record your own version of the song using solo singers a choir or a military band. Lyrics to the song are listed below and lead sheets showing the melody line, chords and English lyrics used in the song are also freely downloadable in the keys of D, E, G, A and C for use by singers or choirs. Permission is also granted for anyone to translate the lyrics into the language of their choice and record the song.

SSAFA are the charity that provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families. They have been helping serving and ex-Service men, women and their families, including widows and widowers in need since 1885.

The Sapphire Blue Choir and the SSAFA Album were the brainchild of Christina V Howard who founded the Sapphire Blue Choir and produced the album, she is the SSAFA Greater Manchester PR.  The choir are SSAFA fundraisers with the members of the choir being the families of serving and ex-service members of HM Forces. Also among the choir are veterans.

Special thanks to our SSAFA Tameside Secretary, Daniel Millan who works tirelessly with the caseworkers and daily helping homeless veterans.  If you wish to help them please donate to SSAFA Tameside. Every penny raised goes to SSAFA Urgent Cases.  Their bank details are HSBC sort code: 40-08-22, account number 11560727.  Thank you, every little helps.

'Never Forgotten' by Nic Joly is a special edition artwork to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Edition size: 1 piece for every date the first world war was fought.  £100 from the sale of every piece goes to the Royal British Legion.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these special editions, visit  www.castlegalleries.com/neverforgotten

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Lyrics

Through the years we will remember, the names and faces of family and friends
Such bravery we’ve never seen, as our first line of defence
Giving their life the ultimate sacrifice, their voices must still be heard
Even today I hear them say, freedom is not just a word

There is no greater glory, as the sun begins to set
Than to die for one’s Country, we are forever in their debt
They are gone but not forgotten, we remember them yet
They are gone but not forgotten, we will never forget

Your dreams I’ll carry with me, in my memory each and every day
In honour of those whose lives God chose, we are all made from dust and clay
I know someday we will meet again, and their voices will be heard
Even today I can hear them say freedom, is not just a word

There is no greater glory, as the sun begins to set
Than to die for one’s Country, we are forever in their debt
They are gone but not forgotten, we remember them yet
They are gone but not forgotten, we will never forget

Copyright © Phillip Allan 2012

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