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Sunday, August 23, 1998 Published at 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK


Singer rules out Omagh single release

Local girl Juliet Turner singing at Saturday's Omagh memorial service

BBC News Online has received requests from around the world asking if there are plans to release the moving song performed by local singer Juliet Turner at the Omagh memorial service.


Juliet Turner sings Broken Things at Omagh memorial service
But Juliet, whose performance at the Omagh memorial service moved people throughout the world, has ruled out releasing the song as a single.

Juliet, from Dromore, near Omagh, did not want to exploit the tragedy which left 28 people dead and 220 injured, her manager said.

Derek Nally said: "She sang that song at a certain moment in time. "It is something she feels very strongly about, that she doesn't want to be seen to use the song out of a very tragic situation."

"Broken Things" was written and originally performed by American singer-songwriter, Julie Miller, on her 1991 album "He Walks Through Walls", available from Myth Records.

Former student Juliet Turner grew up in Dromore near Omagh.

With the eyes of millions on her and without a hint of nerves, she flawlessly sang Broken Things, inspired by the words from Psalms 34 and 42.

The song brought thousands at the Omagh service to tears and many more watching on television throughout the world.

Juliet herself wants to stay out of the limelight.

Anyone wanting to listen to the song can buy the original version, she said.

The song that part-inspired the Omagh tribute, is on American singer/songwriter Julie Miller's 1991 album He Walks through Walls on Myrrh Records.

Lorraine Fores, in Australia, listened to the song on BBC News Online's Website then contacted us.

She sent an e-mail, asking if it was to be made available commercially and suggesting proceeds should go to the families of the dead and injured.

"I feel the song touched so many all over the world and would help to stop the violence," she wrote.

From Florida, Chris Finn wrote: "I watched the Omagh service and was in tears when I heard the song being sung. I wondered if it might be available soon and where I could get it.

"I would like to be able to contribute in some small way to helping those who are suffering in that poor town."

Omagh District Council has already set up a trustee-administered memorial fund to be used to create a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives and were injured in last Saturday's bomb attack.


[ image: There have been calls for Broken Things to be released as a tribute single]
There have been calls for Broken Things to be released as a tribute single
Juliet Turner has been a singer/songwriter for the last three years.

She released an album in 1996 on Sticky Music Records called Let's Hear it for Pizza, described as "honest folk music".

"It is subtle, sublime, and as its food-loving title hints at, thoroughly satisfying," said one review.

Ms Turner is a former social science student at Trinity College, Dublin.

Derek Nally began managing her last year and she has performed on Irish television and at the Galway Arts Festival.

He said she was a still-developing act and at present did not have a record deal.

Here are the song lyrics in full:


Juliet Turner singing at the memorial service
You can have my heart

But it isn't new

It's been used and broken

And only comes in blue

It's been down a long road

And it got dirty on the way

If I give it to you will you make it clean

And wash the pain away

You can have my heart

If you don't mind broken things

You can have my heart if you don't mind these tears

Well I heard that you make old things new

So I give these pieces all to you

If you want it you can have my heart

So beyond repair

Nothing I could do

I tried to fix it myself

But it was only worse when I got through

Then you walked right into my darkness

And you speak words so sweet

And you hold me like a child

Till my frozen tears fall at your feet

You can have my heart

If you don't mind broken things

You can have my heart if you don't mind these tears

Well I heard that you make old things new

So I give these pieces all to you

If you want it you can have my heart





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