History Boys

Album: Year of the Wolf (2011)
  • London born and Jersey reared singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot penned this song after sobbing at TV footage of parents who had lost loved ones in Iraq. Talking of that song during an interview with the BBC, she said "there's a human sadness and tragedy at the heart of [war]. And that's what I was trying to describe in the song - loss. The senseless loss of young lives."
  • Regarding whether there was a thematic link between that and her breakthrough hit single, the anti-war song "Everybody's Gone to War," Pallot told the BBC that "on a personal level, I feel less angry, more sad."


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