WOGAN - NIK KERSHAW Elisabeth's Eyes 1989





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Published on Aug 14, 2009

The Elisabeth in the title is Elisabeth Allen from Stanford, England, who kept up a fairly intimate correspondence with American convict Willie Darden. Elisabeth and others in America were convinced of Dardens innocence and battled to the last for a reprieve. On March 15, 1988, after spending 12 years on death row, the State of Florida, with acquiescence by the federal government, executed Willie Jasper Darden, Jr. in the electric chair. The state and federal governments failed to ensure Darden's right to a free and fair trial. The unfair and racially discriminatory trial resulted in Darden's execution.

When Nik Kershaw read about Elisabeths long-range romance he was so touched by the sentiment, he wrote the single, trying to imagine what Darden would have written in his last letter.

Elisabeth's Eyes Lyrics

I told my tale
With some words from jail
And a Bible vow,
But fear and fury
Were my judge and Jury
So here I am now,
There was a letter
A hundred letters
I wrote a letter, it said
"Hey! Mr. President I hope you're fit and strong
And I hope you'll give me every chance to live
'Cos they done me wrong"

My hope lies in Elisabeth's eyes
Love I will never have known
My hope lies in Elisabeth's eyes

Still reeling
I detect a feeling
That I'm here to stay,
Somebody locked me up
Somebody threw my key away,
I got a letter
A single letter
I read the letter, it said
"Hang in there boy!
We are fighting for you still"
It was then that I knew
I really loved her too
I guess I always will


Another letter,
The last letter,
I wrote a letter, it said
"Don't cry lady,
You really shouldn't care,
'Cos Tuesday at seven
I will find my heaven
And I'll see you there"

(Chorus 2x)

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