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,

      Comment by Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon on 21 August, 2015 at 7:21 pm
    2. Beautiful and haunting Martin, I love Edith Piaf, and the words and images were so moving. x

      Comment by Diana Beamish on 22 August, 2015 at 11:47 am
    3. This is a wonderful and moving piece of art! Congratulations Martin, Heathcote and Claire.

      Comment by Carolina Biquard on 22 August, 2015 at 12:53 pm
    4. bravo all….. wo sind le neige die Vergangenheit—–w

      Comment by warren leming on 22 August, 2015 at 10:48 pm
    5. bravo all….. great lyric and tune—-w

      Comment by warren leming on 22 August, 2015 at 10:48 pm
    6. “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!

      Comment by earl diddley on 24 August, 2015 at 9:12 am
    7. Last comment should read “cet hommage” – sorry!

      Comment by earl diddley on 24 August, 2015 at 9:13 am
    8. Just superb, sharp sharp guitar, beautiful vocals..lou Reed would have loved this

      Comment by rupert lea on 25 August, 2015 at 12:12 am
    9. Great video and song! Didn´t know about Edith Piaf aiding the resistance. Now I love her even more. x

      Comment by Veronica Padilla on 25 August, 2015 at 3:56 pm
    10. Beautiful guys, well done! x

      Comment by Roddy on 26 August, 2015 at 10:49 am
    11. 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?

      Comment by Nick Hurt on 29 August, 2015 at 9:52 am
    12. C’est moi qui chante

      Comment by mw on 22 August, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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