Emily

by Noel Cowley

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'Emily' by Noel Cowley.
A song written by Noel Cowley about Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913). A suffragette and militant activist, she died from her injuries after being knocked down by King George V's horse 'Anmer' at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913. The jockey that day, Herbert Jones (1880-1951) is the narrator here.

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'Emily' - by Noel Cowley.

Early morning dew on Derby day
I was thinking of a finer life for you, sweet daughter, you, sweet, gentle wife.
I was dreaming; so was Emily.

Her name was Emily, the memory haunts me.
She’s all that I can see there in front of me.

She darted out beneath the running rail.
Horse and rider had no time to leap.
Her ‘Votes For Women’ scarf fell to the ground
And lay beside her like a eulogy.

Her name was Emily, the memory haunts me.
She’s all that I can see right in front of me.
I will never be free from Emily
Her name was Emily, Emily.

I only came here to ride.
To hear the sounds and see the sights.
You know the last thing on my mind
Was that our two worlds would collide

I can’t go on in circles anymore.
I’m just a shadow of who I was I before.
Sorry, love. I lived my life for you.
She did too.

Her name was Emily, the memory haunts me.
She’s all that I can see right in front of me.
I can never be free from Emily
Her name was Emily, Emily.
Her name was Emily.

©2013 N. Cowley/E. Cowley

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released January 1, 2015
Produced by Reg Meuross
Recorded by Roy Dodds
©N. Cowley/E.Cowley

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Noel Cowley London, UK

Noel Cowley is from London, Dublin and Derry. "Wherever I Go", a song from his new ep, Home Is Everywhere, was played by Hardeep Singh Kohli on BBC Radio 2 in February 2014.

Earlier that month Noel and his songwriting partner Ewan Cowley performed live on The Gaby Roslin Show on BBC London 94.9.
Noel's songs have also been played on BBC Introducing In Essex a number of times since January 2013.
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