‘Art of the song’ auction launches

The cream of Britain’s composers and lyricists have written – by hand – lines from their best loved songs or music. These unique pieces have been kept under lock and key ahead of the ‘art of the song’ auction in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and were only briefly unveiled at a one-off launch event in central London.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing them to you one-by-one in the run-up to the auction. Watch our slideshow gallery at the bottom of this article to view these special lyrics.

Great songwriters

Pieces have been donated by a host of world famous artists, including Sir Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Jim Kerr, Sir Tim Rice, Julian Lennon and Annie Lennox. These unique items will be auctioned off in aid of our affiliated charity the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Until now the pieces have been in careful storage ahead of the auction (which takes place at Bonhams Knightsbridge on December 15th), so we’re delighted to be able to unveil the pieces on M Magazine.

As well as raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust the project hopes to create a lasting legacy of the music and song lyrics of our generation.

Bid for a piece

The Bonhams website opens on 15 November with more information on each item.

The ‘art of the song’ auction will be held at Bonhams Knightsbridge 2pm on 15 December as part of the Entertainment & Memorabilia auction.

We are profiling each song in the lead up to the auction – see the full list here.

Girls on Film - Duran Duran, lyrics by Simon Le Bon
Message In A Bottle, The Police - lyrics by Sting
Thriller, Michael Jackson - lyrics by Rod Temperton
Rain, Status Quo - lyrics by Rick Parfitt
Various lyrics, Pet Shop Boys - lyrics by Neil Tennant
Andromeda - Paul Weller
Why Don't We Do It In the Road, The Beatles -  Paul McCartney
The Road To Hell, Chris Rea - lyrics by Chris Rea
Various lyrics, Dire Straits - Mark Knopfler
Saltwater, Julian Lennon- lyrics by Julian Lennon
Locomotive Breath, Jethro Tull -  Lyrics by Ian Anderson
I'm Not In Love, 10CC - lyrics by Graham Goldman
Back For Good - Take That, lyrics by Gary Barlow
Back to Your Side - Eric Clapton
Fallen Angel, from Jersey Boys - lyrics by Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett
Born Free - lyrics by Don Black
I'm Walking Away - Craig David, lyrics by Craig David
We Will Rock You - Queen, lyrics by Brian May
Delilah - Tom Jones, lyrics by Barry Mason
Sweet Dreams, The Eurythmics - lyrics by Annie Lennox
Don't Cry for Me Argentina - Evita, lyrics by Sir Tim Rice
Plainsong - The Cure, lyrics by Robert Smith
Various lyrics, the Stranglers
Stephen Warbeck score
Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds, lyrics by Jim Kerr