Uploaded on Oct 10, 2010
This is a subtle and beautiful remix of Gilbert`s classic song from 1971. The lyrics are inspired by his childhood memories of everyday family life. Some of these images are of Waterford in Ireland where young Raymond Edward O`Sullivan was born in 1946 and spent the first eight years of his life before the family moved to Swindon in England in 1953 . The first picture is of Gilbert ` himself ` as a toddler in Ireland !
On a sad note - Gus Dugeon was a great record producer who worked extensively with Elton John and many other artists including Chris Rea and Elkie Brooks . He produced Gilbert`s 1980 album OFF CENTRE . Gus and his wife Sheila both tragically died in a motorway accident in 2002 . This one`s for you Gus - thanks for the legacy.
Uncut Magazine reviewing this song in 2004 -
" Eerie things happen here. Eire-born Jersey resident Gilbert created classics of lonely whimsy, of child-like innocence that's so innocent it's sinister. On the haunting and haunted epic "We Will", he outdid anything written by Dennis Potter—albeit with a lovely tune and ethereal strings. It's as sublime, frozen and freaky as, say, Big Star's "Holocaust". So he used to enjoy smiling on Top Of The Pops? Look for the clown's tears, friends, and see that his peak work is tragic, which we mean as the highest compliment. These songs will rise like a ghostly fog when 99 per cent of 20th-century pop music is burned to cinders. And for me, the breathtaking Proustian madeleines of "We Will"—"I bagsy being in goal...Do we all agree? Hands up those who do, Hands up those who don't...I see"—induce (given his impeccable phrasing and the perfect descending chord) a great big sissy lump in the throat .
Eccentric British pop, from that genre's insanely brilliant golden age, at its best. "
LYRICS TO WE WILL -
It's over now you've had your fun
Get up them stairs go on quickly
Take off your shoes the both of you's
Leave them down outside the door turn the landing light off,
No wait, leave it on it might make the night that much easier to be gone
And in the morning who'll be wide awake and eating snow flakes as
Opposed to those flakes. (We Will) We Will (We Will) We will
That afternoon we spent the day with Uncle Frank (remember?) and
His wife Auntie May well do you know since then I've recieved
Up to four letters all of which repeat the same they say
Thrilled to bits can't believe you came we`ve relived it both
Over time and time again and if there's
Even a chance or even half you might be our way
Would you promise to stay (We will) We will (We will) We Will
Oh its not easy pretending that you
Cannot hear once you've suffered the afliction within
It's no use in an ending to proclaim from the start that the
Moral of the stories to begin.
On Sunday next if the weather holds we'll have that game
But I bagsy-being-in-goal not because I'm good
Or because I think I should it's just that well at
My age I think standing still would really suit me best
Do we all agree?
Hands up those who do hands up those who don't
I see well in that case will we please be kind enough if not
On Sunday to go to mass on Monday (We will) We will
(We will ) We will yeah yeah (We will)
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