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'Diamonds in Her Eyes' John Farndon @ Christmas Cauldron

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Published on Dec 19, 2013

Song for Christmas, written for the wonderful Christmas Cauldron at the Hemingford Arms, 16th December by John Farndon. With John Farndon on vocals, Kelvin Thomson on piano and Frank Biddulph on violin:
http://www.the-cauldron.org/

Diamonds in her eyes

He met her on the embankment
Not far from Waterloo --
She was curled up by a pillar
Where the sun was shining through.
Oh the light it danced and sparkled
As it caught her nut brown hair,
And the raindrops shone like diamonds
As they floated in the air!
But when she raised her head towards him,
He saw diamonds in her eyes.
The tears of grief they ran down
And he heard her bitter sighs.

His heart melted in an instant;
He couldn't walk away.
He stepped towards her gently
As he thought of what to say.
'Can I help you, miss?' he whispered,
Then cursed his clumsy way.
She stared at him suspiciously
But her thoughts seemed faraway.
Oh she turned her head away then
With those diamonds in her eyes.
And the tears of grief they ran down
And he heard her bitter sighs.

But he nerved himself with courage,
And he armed himself with love;
He knelt down right beside her
As the pigeons cooed above.
"Can I buy you a hot chocolate?
Or anything, you know --
We can sit down on the bench there
And you can tell me of your woe."
Oh she turned her face towards him
With those diamonds in her eyes,
And the tears of grief they ran down
And he heard her gentle sighs.

She said her name was Mary
And she came from far away.
Her home was in Aleppo
Where bombs and missiles play.
Her kid sister went to a mortar;
A sniper killed her man.
As the slaughter reined around her
She packed one bag and ran.
Oh she'd fled her childhood homeland
With those diamonds in her eyes
And the tears of grief they ran down
And he heard her anguished sighs.

He put his arm around her
As they sat there side by side
And they watched the river flowing
And they saw the water glide
Then she leant her head upon him
With those diamonds in her eyes
But the tears of grief stopped flowing
And she ceased her bitter sighs.

They married in the summer.
The clouds they cleared that day,
And within a week they found with joy
A child was on its way.
They made their room in Hackney
Cosier each day.
But the Border Agents came to call
To check Mary's right to stay.
Then she turned her head towards him
With those diamonds in her eyes,
But the tears of grief they ran down
And he heard her bitter sighs.

Question after question
Rained down like angry snow.
They told her that there was no proof
She really had to go!
Joe said that they were married
And he was born in the UK.
But they said that you don't earn enough
For your wife to gain her stay!
And they turned her heads together
With those diamonds in their eyes
But the tears of grief they ran down
And they shared their bitter sighs.

They fled their room in Hackney
And hide out on the street
Begging help from strangers
And people that they meet
The time is nearly on her
As they sit down by the light
On the bench down by the river
On an icy Christmas night.
And Joe turns now towards her
With those diamonds in his eyes
And the tears of love they run down
As he shares her gentle sighs.

Across the Thames the men of power
Began to feel relaxed.
Christmas time was coming:
Time to be untaxed.
But Mary's cries they split the night
As she shivers on the ground.
Joe yells in desperation:
Is there no help to be found?
But the strollers turn towards them
With diamonds in their eyes
And the tears of love they stream down
As they sooth the mother's sighs.

As Christmas morn dawns bright and clear
With the hum of traffic ceased
In Tommy's NHS hospital sleep
Mary and child in peace.

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