No Regrets

Commemorating the centenary year of Edith Piaf’s birth

It is little known that French national treasure, Édith Piaf, aided the resistance to Nazi occupation in World War Two. She sheltered Jewish friends, and although criticised for her performances before French prisoners in Germany, her tour formed part of a resistance effort when prisoners’ photographs with Piaf were used to make fake passports, enabling many prisoners to escape.

Words: Heathcote Williams
Music: Martin Wilkinson
Acoustic Lead Guitar: Bill Lovelady
Video: Claire Palmer


By Heathcote Williams

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12 Responses to No Regrets

  1. This is a fine piece of work. Very moving and powerful. Well done Martin, Heathcote and Claire.
    With thanks and best wishes,

  2. Diana Beamish says:

    Beautiful and haunting Martin, I love Edith Piaf, and the words and images were so moving. x

  3. Carolina Biquard says:

    This is a wonderful and moving piece of art! Congratulations Martin, Heathcote and Claire.

  4. bravo all….. wo sind le neige die Vergangenheit—–w

  5. bravo all….. great lyric and tune—-w

  6. earl diddley says:

    “Je suis eblouie par cette hommage fait a mon egard en Grande Bretagne.” Would she not have thought this?

    Inspirational in every respect. And lovely riffs, Lovelady, you old charmer!

  7. earl diddley says:

    Last comment should read “cet hommage” – sorry!

  8. rupert lea says:

    Just superb, sharp sharp guitar, beautiful vocals..lou Reed would have loved this

  9. Veronica Padilla says:

    Great video and song! Didn´t know about Edith Piaf aiding the resistance. Now I love her even more. x

  10. Roddy says:

    Beautiful guys, well done! x

  11. Nick Hurt says:

    What a lovely song, Martin. Manages to combine the essence of Piaf’s tragi-comic, triumph to disaster life with a very evocative and free 70s musical sensibility, and a wartm and subtle vocal – I love it. Who is singing?

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