The Night Sky

In 2007 War Child patrons Keane wrote and recorded a track for War Child and donated the profits to us. ‘The Night Sky’ is a beautifully poignant song about the devastation of war from a child’s point of view.

We took film director Corin Hardy to Teddington School to help the students animate the official video for the song. The stories they brought to life are all based on the experiences of children helped by War Child projects throughout the world.

(from the TV news) ...You never get the sense of what it must be like to have your childhood stripped away from you, to be left with nothing and no future.

This song is written from that perspective, but it’s also a song that’s really about hope and alternative. And this is exactly what War Child is offering.

Tom Chaplin at Keane’s War Child Brixton Academy gig 1/11/2007

The videos

The lyrics

One day I will be, back in our old street.
Safe from the noise that's, falling around me.
And we'll release this town from the people who are trying to knock it down.
And then only city lights will brighten the night sky and there will be no sound.

Open the bars and
Open the markets
Open the banks and
Open the churches

And we'll release this town from the people who are trying to knock it down.
And then only city lights will brighten the night sky and there will be no sound.

We've been cowering so long, oh what I would give.
To stand at the bus stop, or browse in a bookshop.
To sleep and always be still.

And we'll release this town from the people who are trying to knock it down.
And then only city lights will brighten the night sky.
And I will be set free from the people who are trying to bury me.
And then only fireworks will light the sky at night for all the world to see.

The impact

The video make by Corin and the students has been watched more than a quarter of a million times on YouTube alone.