S h a r o n  m i l l e r

The Wall

On 22nd February 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which killed 185 people in the city. 

This is a true story. We were in the process of moving from Wellington after seven years back home to Christchurch. The quake was 5 days prior to our move. 

In 2017, a memorial wall was erected to commemorate the victims of the earthquake.  

The Wall - Music & Lyrics SL Miller

Chorus

They built a wall beside the river

There’s a wall, with their names etched in the marble

To commemorate that day, their souls may be gone

But their memories will stay… there on the wall

Verse 1

We were leaving Wellington, heading back down South

I said goodbye to all my friends that day…  

When a call from someone said, have you heard the news

There’s been another quake and the spire has come down 

I raced home to watch it on TV

My heart was devastated to watch my home town fall

Rubble and souls in the street

I cried as I watched, people’s faces

Waiting for signs of their family

Chorus

They built a wall beside the river

There’s a wall, with their names etched in the marble

To commemorate that day, their souls may be gone

But their memories will stay… there on the wall

Verse 2

A hundred and eighty five, people died that day

It was luchtime at twelve fifty one.

Mid summer now, people having fun

But mother nature took it all away

She wasn’t holding anything back at all

Now that I’m here, things don’t feel clear

My childhood ripped out from underneath

Each day I walk to work, and all I see

Are there names, staring back at me

Chorus

They built a wall beside the river

There’s a wall, with their names etched in the marble

Bridge

They built a wall beside the river

There’s a wall, with their names etched in the marble

To commemorate that day… their souls may be gone

But their memories will stay…. there on the wall

 

Copyright © 7 April 2017 Sharon L Miller All Rights Reserved