We can announce Lost in the Manor will now be filming live acoustic sessions and to start us off we have the stunning Gitta de Ridder performing without you I'm Broken. The song is a very sad tale and we will let Gitta explain in her own words what it's all about. It's a long explanation but stick with it...
The song explained in Gitta de Ridders own words
"This last Christmas I spend some time down in Devon with the Man and the Family, my Step Dad-in-law got given this book called "Do birds still sing in hell" I found myself reading the back, starting to read the book, and unable to put it down until I finished it a day and a half later.
I don't often get so carried away but it had me sitting upright with tension, gave me goose-bumps, made me cry my eyes out and had a huge impact on me.
It's a true-story about a guy "Horace Greasley" renamed Jim by his fellow soldiers. An English lad that gets send out to the war in WW2 at 20 years old and ends up in France where he gets captured by the Germans. They go on a 10 week march, no food, no water, constant walking no rest to Holland (as you can imagine most Prisoners Of War -POW's- die on this journey) Then a 3 day train journey which is horrific, and the worst POW camp imaginable. I couldn't get my head around people treating people like this.
Anyway, his luck turns as he get moved to another Working-Camp where he falls in love with the owner's daughter and they start a crazy love affair. But, he gets moved and they loose each other. she spends months trying to find out which camp he is in and finally succeeds. He find a way to escape the camp at night and goes out to meet her 2-3 times a week over the space of a couple of years. Can you imagine going back to the camp after you were free?! mad.
They meet in this little church, they make love, and enjoy spending time, and at some point he manages to smuggle in a radio into the camp and spread around the BBC news.
When the war is over he goes back to the UK, she had to run because she is now the bad guy being hunted by the Russians (German) They finally write letters to each other with the letters suddenly stopping. A year later he gets the news she has passed away whilst giving birth to his child. They both don't make it.
He does marry and has kids later and at 98 he gets this book written (word for word true story) by a ghost writer. It all broke my heart.