A lovely story! Unfortunately the ‘I’m Resigning from Today’ CD is now out of print, but odd copies may be found floating around the Internet.
“I went to a medical school in Calcutta (India) in early ’90s. In those days there used to be a programme in Calcutta Radio from 1310-1400 on Tuesdays which played English Folk Songs. I always skipped my afternoon classes to listen to those programmes. I also recorded these programmes for my friends. Those were the days when the Internet and satellite TV were unheard of in India. And those were the days when I was a dreamy young lad.
“It was a hot summer afternoon when I first heard ‘Death Come Easy’ by Harvey on that programme. That was a new beginning in my thinking. I always had a deep interest in war history. But this song completely changed my perception of war. I played this song for my friends and my brother. They were moved. Like never before. When I came to the UK in 1996, my brother requested me to get this song in its original recording from somewhere, somehow. I tried hard but failed. I kept on listening to this rickety tape, which I’d brought from India, wondering whether it’ll ever be possible to get hold of a proper recording of this song.
“Couple of weeks back, one night, while I was preparing for my Consultant job, I felt really bored and thought of doing something different. I started searching amazon for ‘Death Come Easy’ (I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier) and came across ‘I’m Resigning…’ I promptly ordered my copy. Last Tuesday, I went for my interview and got the job – when I came back ‘I’m Resigning…’ was waiting for me. It was too much for me. I wept. I phoned my brother in India and gave him these two good news. He told me he was not sure which one was making him more happy.”