1917 - Fatherless Child (Single)

by Stairway

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This track was written by Graeme Leslie in memory of the Great Grandfather of band members who was killed on the 11th of April 1917 whilst serving his country in the 1st World War.

He was an infantryman serving in the Worcestershire Regiment and left a wife and two children.

This single is released 100 years to the day of him being killed on 11th April 1917, and serves as a memorial to his life.

ASJ 24th March 1887 - 11th April 1917.


1917 - Fatherless Child.

He finds the wasted notion,
Fighting hands in blood red skies.
See - No Motion - Weakness;
Forward flies the darkness - dies!
He finds, killer's quota,
Finds the secret; died.
See - Wantonness of sorrow,
Dies in blood red sky.

Painted, moonlit crimson,
Bloody hands on starlit skies.
Shamed the dogged oppression,
Weakened 'til he cries.
Feign he not the passion,
Fires the muzzle blind;
Pain, is, deepest frozen
As his body burns.

Find the weak, burned;
Fatherless Child;
Take him home;
Lost child - born.

Nineveh's lost brother;
No-one sees him fall;
Pain - Inflicted - Tortured;
Brings him to his knees.
Frames he the killing faces
Caught in bloody fire.
Dies he, without an utter,
Under foreign skies.

ASJ 24th March 1887 - 11th April 1917.


released April 11, 2017
Graeme Leslie


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Stairway is an Internationally renowned Classic British Heavy Metal band playing heavy, yet melodic music similar to Iron Maiden, Saxon and Magnum.

Formed in the heady heights of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal).

Slots co-headlining with Blitzkrieg and Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) at UK festival dates.

Currently working on new album.
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