Radiohead has released a brand new song entitled "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" as a paid download.
The song, available from today (Aug. 5) was written by frontman Thom Yorke in memory of the late British World War 1 veteran, who died on July 25 this year, aged 111. It is available to purchase from the band's official online store, Download.waste.uk.com, with proceeds from the track going to war veteran's charity the Royal British Legion.
Commenting on the track in a post on the band's website, Yorke said he had been inspired to write the song after hearing a "very emotional" interview with Patch in 2005 broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Today program.
"The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me," Yorke added. "It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death. It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny [Greenwood]. I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor."
The understated anti-war song -- which features a mournful orchestral score and opens with Yorke singing: "I am the only one that got through. The others died where ever they fell" -- debuted on national talk station BBC Radio 4 this morning (Aug. 5) at 08.55 GMT.
In a statement Peter Cleminson, national chairman of The Royal British Legion, praised Radiohead for the band's generous support adding: "Radiohead has picked up the torch from Harry Patch to hold it high."
"Radiohead uses Harry's own words to remind us of the horrors of war, and we believe Harry would be pleased," Cleminson said.