"I was overwhelmed with the recollection of what I had seen and moved to tears by the contrast. I had to express that somehow and I was into folk music.
"It took me a long time from when I had written it to be able to sing it in public because it was such a
powerful and emotional recollection for me.
"I hadn't realised when I wrote it that I would transfer, communicate any of that emotion, but apparently I do because after I did the first recording at the Albert Hall, lots of people contacted me and said I made them cry."
Like so many, Jim will be returning to Normandy in June to pay his respects.