Scottish singer Annie Lennox has returned with her first new single in 2010 with an incredibly moving ballad titled “Requiem for a Private War.” The song was featured in a 2018 film titled Private War, a biographical war drama about late journalist Marie Colvin who heroically died in Syria in 2012 while covering country’s ongoing civil war.
The new single can be heard in full in one of the film’s trailers seen above. Just as Lennox had done with her Academy Award-winning ballad “Into The West” for 2003’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lennox gives a very powerful and moving performance in helping viewers connect to Marie's story through melody and her one-of-a-kind voice. Lennox’s performance on the single is nothing short of heart-wrenching, as the song is filled with resonating lyrics such as, “All the world is falling down,” and “Hopelessness turns to despair/Broken glass lies everywhere.” Many of the intense, war-inspired images from the film play on while Lennox sings alongside as if her angelic voice is actually there in the moment while Colvin’s life-changing journey unfolds right before our eyes and ears.
“We were invited to see the almost finished version of the film,” Lennox can be heard saying in a brief interview prior to the song beginning to play in the video above. “It was extremely powerful. What really drew me was Marie, and knowing I’d been asked to write a song. It’s an honor to be part of this project.
A Private War was released in the United States back on Nov. 2, and was directed Matthew Heineman and stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin. “Requiem for a Private War” has since been nominated for “Best Original Song” by the International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards. Proceeds from the single will be going towards the Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, an online community of female journalists working in the Arab world.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Lennox would be given the prestigious honor of becoming first female Chancellor of Scotland’s Glasgow Caledonian University