The fourth song from Annie landed in my Inbox in the middle of summer 2006 and it would be hard to imagine a sunnier melody. It immediately conjured up memories of the previous summer when we had taken my daughters on a fabulous family holiday to Greece.

With such vivid images pulsating through my mind, this soon became another of those songs that virtually wrote itself. The only thing that gave me pause was whether to include any lyrics on the quiet and (relatively) mournful intro. Here again though, the contrast between the sadness of the start and the jollity of the main part of the tune had a very obvious parallel between the joy and laughter of that holiday, and what had happened five years earlier.

Writers are always being told to “write what you know.” So I did.

 

 

 

In the winter darkness no-one sees how I cry
Tears are diamond mem’ries rolling through our goodbye
Days I spent alone
Days without a home for me to share time with you
Though I know you wanted me to

Watching you together, truth and beauty survives
Know you have forever to fill the days of your lives
Days without a care
Days when I’ll be there where I can spend time with you
We don’t care what we do

Sunshine plays in the pool and that’s where you’ll find us; me and my girls 
Nights we walked on the cool sand here in my memories all in a whirl
Look for fun and you’ll find us we’ll always be there me and my girls
Flashing smiles almost blind us, photos remind us that’s where we were

Summer sun and laughter fill the home of my dreams
Simple fun and after nothing’s black as it seems
Days of wine and song
Days we get along, when I can spend time with you
But they’re always, too few

Sunshine plays in the pool and that’s where you’ll find us; me and my girls 
Nights we walked on the cool sand here in my memories all in a whirl
Look for fun and you’ll find us we’ll always be there me and my girls
Flashing smiles almost blind us, photos remind us that’s where we were

Father with my daughters
Lover with my lover
We’re making it work just me and my girls

Look to the future we are growing strong 
Family suture heals that winter wrong
Days without a care, days when you shine so bright and

Sunshine plays in the pool and that’s where you’ll find us; me and my girls 
Nights we walked on the cool sand here in my memories all in a whirl
Look for fun and you’ll find us we’ll always be there me and my girls
Flashing smiles almost blind us, photos remind us that’s where we were

(fade)

 

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