James Blunt Writes Latest Song ‘Bonfire Heart’ About Local Homeless Man
Ex-squaddie and housewives favourite James Blunt, has penned a song about the homeless man who lives on the roundabout at the end of his road.
During a particularly nasty bout of writer’s block, Blunt saw Fred Martin, 59, swigging cider and tending to his bonfire in the middle of the mini roundabout, before realising his muse was right in front of him.
Blunt told us: ‘I’d been struggling to come up with something new. I wrote a song about slotting Afghan’s and thought the lads in my old troop might like it, but I was just treading water really.’
‘Then one morning whilst stuck in traffic, I saw Fred stoking his bonfire and spitting at children on their way to school – then BOOM! No, not my PTSD kicking in; realisation! So I headed down to my local Homebase to get some tarpaulin for the floors and invited him round for more cider and a tale or two.’
‘Two dictaphones later (Fred smashed the first one when he thought it was talking back to him) and I had the lyrics to my next hit!’
‘As a thank you, I spent several nights on the roundabout with him, drinking cider and keeping the bonfire going before he was arrested for vagrancy.
They left me alone, thankfully.’
James’s latest offering is available through the usual channels.