Shed No Tears For Me - Remembrance Day Poem, Song and Video

A very short Remembrance Day song and video which could also be read as a poem. It was written by me in memory of my grandfather Private John Rae, a Scotsman killed in action in Belgium in 1916, serving in the Canadian Army. The video was shot on a visit I made to Ypres and the Menin Gate in 2016, and is mostly filmed around Sanctuary Wood Cemetery on the outskirts of Ypres.

I have also included jpgs of my Grandfather’s name in the Canadian Book of remembrance, and both sides of an embroidered photograph he sent to his wife and baby, only four days before his death. Also included is a PDF of background information about my grandfather and information about the shooting of the video.
The lyrics of the song / video are as follows

Shed No Tears For Me

If some day passing by you should chance on where I lie in silence
Shed no tears for me
Soldier’s grave, marked in stone
In a world where all that’s known is silence
Shed no tears for me
Only imagine me in the sunlight warm and free
Singing in the summer breeze
Floating on the restless seas till time stops
Shed no tears for me
Soaring with the skylark’s song
Dancing to the rhythm of the rain drops
Shed no tears for me
Shed no tears for me


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  • Shed-No-Tears-For-Me.mp3
  • Shed-No-Tears-For-Me----lyrics.pdf
  • Shed-No-Tears-For-Me---Background-to-the-song.pdf
  • John-Rae-Book-of-Remembranc.jpg
  • J-RaePostcard-1.jpg
  • J-Rae-Postcard2.jpg

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Created: Nov 6, 2019

mp3, 5 MB


pdf, 7 KB


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