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The Girl in the Picture (Napalm Girl)

Released April 14, 2021 (taken from the album "Leave a Mark")

 

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The Girl in the Picture - Eric Geurts

[verse 1]
she's only a child
a running, naked child
so vulnerable

she's only 'bout nine
thin and so fine
so destructable

she runs scarified
her arms swung out wide
to relieve the pain

she lives in Trang Bang
where fire falls from the skies
down Highway One
there's a girl that screams and cries

[chorus]
and she's running
always running
they call her the Napalm Girl
but she never gives in
trying to get some peace in this world
saved by the click of a camera
she is the girl in the picture

[verse 2]
there's fire all around her
and fire inside
'it's too hot, too hot'

she rips off her clothes
but the heat only grows
it's living under her skin

she's frozen in time
'cause she still burns your mind
when you look at her

she lives in Trang Bang
where fire grows on the trees
down Highway One
there's a little girl pleading for peace

[chorus]
and she's running
always running
this little napalm girl
but she never gives in
trying to get some peace in this world
she's so strong she can burn your mind
she is the girl in the picture

[bridge]
she lives in Trang Bang
where fire rains from the sky
but she never gives in
trying to get some peace in this world

[chorus]
and she's running
always running
they call her the Napalm Girl
but she never gives in
trying to get some peace in this world
always understanding
this little child of war

she is the girl in the picture


Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Eric Geurts.
Additional engineering by Peter Bulkens and Bert Van Daele.

All vocals and instruments by Eric Geurts except:
choir: Mozaïek conducted by Krista De Kinder
piano: Bert Van Daele
1st violin: Mark Steylaerts
2nd violin: Véronique Gillis
viola: Marc Tooten
cello: Hans Vandaele
bass: Wouter Berlaen
drums: Dré Pallemaerts
percussion: Walter Mets

Based on the novel by Kim Phuc called “Fire Road”, about the life of Kim, once known as the screaming 9-year-old girl in the world-famous black and white picture taken by Nick Ut after a napalm bomb attack by US troops in North Vietnam. Kim Phuc is now UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Culture and Peace and chair of the Kim Foundation International, a not-for-profit organization established to fund programs for children around the world who are victims of war.

Photo by AP Phoyo/Nick Ut.


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