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Rosi Reed has asked that on 22 August, the second anniversary of her son Nico’s death, friends ‘fill the world with sunflowers’ in memory of  Nico, and ‘all the happiness, love and laughter he brought into the world’.

If you have a twitter or Facebook account, please change your profile picture to a sunflower on Friday, ‘in memory of Nico and all the precious and loved young people who have died needless deaths, deaths by indifference, by neglect, by poor practice and by ignorance.’

Rosi has told me that Nico was ‘a total music-head’.   I don’t know what his preferred musical genres were, but  I hope his family will feel that the following are true to Nico’s sunny spirit, (even though I suspect he himself might well have considered them fatally old-school and uncool).  And I hope they like the sunflowers – and the sunflower-coloured uke.

 

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sunshiny day.
I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sunshiny day.
Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies….
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright
Sunshiny day.

 

Bring me sunshine in your smile,
Bring me laughter all the while,
In this world where we live
there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give
to each brand new bright tomorrow,
Make me happy through the years,
Never bring me any tears,
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above,
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.

Bring me sunshine in your eyes,
Bring me rainbows from blue skies,
Life’s too short to be spent
having anything but fun,
We can be so content
if we gather little sunbeams,
Be light-hearted all day long,
Keep me singing a happy song,
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above,
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.

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