For those of you who have not been following the unfolding A.S. Byatt novel taking place on my flist: desperance found an old book in his attic, which has a letter inside. Chaz's friends (different Chaz! What are the odds of knowing two?) some of whom are crack amateur or professional historians, turned up the biography of a very young man, one Henry Ellis Hoad, who was killed in action in WWI and was memorialized on the Menin Gate at Ypres.
This confluence of events inspired the multi-talented papersky to write a song and carandol to write a tune.
He then recorded it.
I bring you the future.
It sounds like folk music.