COVID-19 Anthem ‘SO MANY HEROES’ Challenge

I’m Derek, aka ‘Sandquay’ (pronounced ‘Sankey’ in Devonish) and here’s a tune ‘So Many Heroes‘ that I wrote some time ago with updated lyrics to reflect the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Download mp3: So Many Heroes

The original song, ‘My Hero’, was for a musical, Atlantic Wall, about World War 2 heroes (of the French Resistance). In the first line the word ‘picture’ meant a photograph. In 2020, the ‘picture’ is, of course, the flat screen TV. And the tune in the musical was sung several times with different lyrics, each by and about different characters.

COVID-19 Anthem ‘So Many Heroes’ Challenge

There are so many better voices out there! And better arrangers, I’m sure. So here’s the challenge. Use any of the downloads below, royalty free until April 5 2021, and produce your own version. Send it in to the email address below, and we’ll review them all and select the better ones to put to a public vote. I’m aiming to hook up with a broadcaster to run the competition, including a public vote via texting which will raise funds.
We’ll update this website on progress and competition rules and timings.

Contact email: Covid@seymourstudiodevon.com

Download mp3: So Many Heroes – backing track (Korg IS40 keyboard)

Download PDF: So Many Heroes – Lyrics for the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you need the dots to work on your own arrangement, we have three files, a Sheet Music pdf file and, for studio buffs, an xml file and a midi file.

Download Sheet Music PDF: tba

Download MIDI: tba

Download XML: tba

Just looking for a song to help raise funds / awareness for local contributions?

If you don’t want to enter the competition then it’s OK to download the material and use them royalty free until April 5 2021 so long as you’re helping your particular charity to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. There are so many folk out there that need your help, whether it’s the NHS, Care Homes, Food Banks or Community Care Groups, whatever.

So there’s no ‘donate button’ to click on on this website, because it’s up to you to decide who needs your particular support. Just let us know who you’re helping or donating to, so we can post them on this web-site.

Lyrics

I’ve included some of the original lyrics to help you with your ideas. Try swapping the gender around if that works best for you. If you do make a recording, please email us your mp3 version or send us your u-tube link, and I’ll be happy to post the best on this website if you are happy for me to do that. Don’t get too depressed – have fun!

SO MANY HEROES   Music © 2002 & Lyrics © 2020 By Derek Parsons

Verse 1

Turned on the picture hanging on the wall

Thinking to myself no-one’s known at all

So many heroes, each a guiding star

Bringing hope to us in this darkened hour.

Mid 8 – 1 

I can’t believe who’s gone

Whatever could be so strong?

Some gave their life for us to save the rest

Let history write them as some of the best!

Verse 2 

I clap for heroes, each a guiding star

Such good friends to us working from afar.

It tells a story that makes my spirit rise

Lifting up my heart into brighter skies.

Mid 8 – 2

And while I mourn their loss

There’s many who bear my cross

I’m not alone now, my heroes have come

I’m stuck in this lock-down but I’ll carry on

Verse 3

Watching the pictures coming from the wall 

Thinking to myself no-one’s known at all

So many heroes, each a guiding star

Bringing hope to us in this darkened hour.

So many heroes.

Want to tweak the words?

Here’s some of the original lyrics you could borrow from. You might want to change the gender from he to she etc.

Original Verse 1 (about Gen. De Gaulle)

I have his picture don’t hang it on the wall

Keep it to myself, no-one knows at all

That he’s my hero, he’s my guiding star

Bringing hope to me in this darkened hour.

Original Mid 8-1 (about ‘Pedro’)

I can’t believe he’s gone

Though somehow he’s been so strong

He gave his life for us to save the rest

Let history write him as one of the best!

Original Verse 2 (about ‘Malherbe’)

He is my hero he’s my guiding star

Such a friend to me calling from afar

He tells a story that makes my spirit rise

Lifting up my heart into brighter skies.

Original Mid 8 – 2 (about Malherbe / De Gaulle)

Although at times I’m lost

I know that he bears my cross

I’m not alone now, my hero has come

My heart is still pounding/much stronger) but I’ll soldier on

Original Verse 3 (about ‘Malherbe’)

I want his picture, won’t hang it on the wall

Keep it to myself, so no-one knows at all

That he’s my hero, he’s my guiding star

Bringing love to me in this darkened hour.

Yes he’s my hero.

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