June 2, 2017

“Fight ‘Til I’m Home” dedicated to Raphael Skene

“Fight ‘Til I’m Home”
Music and lyrics written by Lachlan Hawkins. Dedicated to Raphael Skene.

Many in the Brisbane music community felt the impact of losing such a beautiful, caring, fearless, big-hearted friend and teacher in Raph. I wrote this song in early 2015 – after her passing – as a way for me to express my feelings and reactions to everything that had happened with Raph’s cancer battle, and to honour her fighting spirit. Her blog entries gave us a glimpse into the pain and hardship she was experiencing during every waking moment; the rawness of her words really affected me emotionally so I felt drawn to include some of these phrases from Raph’s blog entries throughout the song.

Raph was an absolute fighter and an inspiration to so many around her, even during her weakest and darkest moments. Always in my thoughts, Raph.

Lyrics:
Home’s where I want to be,
Far away from this place,
Take me back to those memories I cherish,
No more pain, just living life freely

Four walls have become my new home,
No escape, growing weary of the same,
Though I’m tired, you can’t keep me stranded here,
I’m not giving up, gonna fight ’til I’m home

I’m afraid this dark passenger won’t leave me,
Please leave me ’cause I’ve just had enough,
I wanna move on, ready to move on,
I am strong, I am, I am home

Won’t stop fighting ’til I’m home

This performance was recorded live at the Brisbane Jazz Club, 15th January 2017, featuring…

Lachlan Hawkins – voice
Sophie Min – piano
Tsoof Baras – backing vocals

Mark Smith | Real Productions – live sound & mixing
Jonathan Brazil – videography

*Headphones recommended*