Let’s Talk About William

In 2013 Emma and Doug had a ‘rainbow baby’. William was born sleeping at 30 weeks. Emma and Doug tell their story of the additional heartbreak caused by lack of facilities to help them at the time and the fact they wanted to talk about their experiences and their little boy in a world which often still treats this as a taboo. They set up their charity Let’s Talk About William to raise awareness and funds to help other parents in the same situation and also give their little man a fitting legacy. They have donated over a 100 baby grows and blankets (they didn’t have anything to dress or wrap William in) and raised enough funds to open a special place for parents to spend time in peace with their little ones and take cherished photographs before saying goodbye.

In late 2014 the firm where I work ran an ‘Auction of Promises’ night to raise funds for the charity. I wasn’t able to be there but tried to think of what I could do to help ….. and the result was the song “Let’s talk About William’. The song is now being recorded later this year.

In the meantime here are the lyrics, choir vocals and a link to a rough early demo.

Let’s Talk About William (choir)

Little man, born too soon to breath
Little man, soon it’s time to grieve
First, let’s tell our story

Verse
Brave mummies and daddies
Who need to go on
Without a pram to push or hand to hold
Trying to make sense
Of a miracle that’s gone
By telling their tale that should be told
Well meaning supporters not knowing what to say
Sometimes simpler to walk away
Or so they think

Chorus
A thousand tiny wrappings
Made for those who breath too soon
Inspired by one who never breathed at all
So let’s talk, talk talk
Talk about William

Verse
Life goes on and so must we
Making something matter
Out of that which had to be
Brave mummies and daddies
Helping others find their way
Leaving a legacy of love.
(Making a legacy from love)
Well meaning friends who do not call; thinking its
Sometimes kinder to say nothing at all
Or so they think
Sometimes kinder to say nothing at all
Or so they think
Talking’s just too tough
but the truth is a hug and a smile just aren’t enough

Chorus
A thousand tiny baskets
Made for those who breath too soon
Inspired by one who never breathed at all
So let’s talk, talk talk
Talk about William

Little man, born too soon to smile
Little man, a moment; still worthwhile
That was your story
So let’s talk, talk talk
Talk about William
So let’s talk, talk talk
Talk about William
So let’s talk, talk talk
Talk about William
(Spoken) Thank you little man