New Zealand asked her to record a new version of a great song for a good
cause and she did!
The soft rock singer records a special new version of ‘Streets of Stone’ as the theme for the Worlds Big Sleep Out 2019
One of the most charitable and generous artists has stepped up in support of a cause she feels deeply about. The Welsh born superstar who is well known for some of the biggest selling songs of all time including, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ & ‘It’s a Heartache’, has taken time out to go into the studio to record a special version of a song which is appropriate to the Worlds Big Sleep Out global call to end homelessness.
Exactly two months ago, I came across a friend of mine who only lives a few streets away from my home in Days Bay, Hutt City, NZ. He is a songwriter - lyricist who some time ago wrote songs for the Bonnie. I listened to one of her songs ‘Streets of Stone’ which I wasn’t familiar with, it tells the story is about a homeless woman, fallen from the heights of fame and was wandering the streets of Paris.
The inspiration was that the writer Paul Fitzgerald actually saw this woman through a window of a French Café in that city. She was in her 60’s, carrying several plastic bags with all her belongings, long baggy coat and army surplus shoes. Yet she had an air of stoic dignity, a hidden pride which struck him and wrote what he imagined her life had been.
I thought it would be a perfect song for the World’s Big Sleep Out. It was on point and relevant and had a mood that would fit the occasion of the global event on December 7, 2019. On the last day of September, I downloaded Paul’s original lyrics and made some changes to a few lines that ‘updated’ the context, and which seemed appropriate I wrote her an email! I asked her if she would consider re-recording, her song with the new lyrics……. To cut a long story short she said yes, so did her record label, so did the published owner of the song and her current management and album producer. Last week she went into her studio in Europe with producer Davis MacKay and now we have a New Version of ‘Streets of Stone’.
It is an example of the way many people worldwide are getting behind this call to end global homelessness. (Phil Sprey - DestinationHutt)
"It breaks my heart to see homeless people sleeping rough on the streets, so I wanted in some way to help. This lovely song captures a sad situation that we all can remedy if we open our hearts" – Bonnie Tyler (2019)