Exclusive first listen as Leighton Buzzard singer/songwriter’s Christmas Wish aims to help town’s homeless

The recent mega-bucks biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has inspired Leighton Buzzard singer/songwriter Indigo Franklyn to produce a charity Christmas song, with the aim of raising £1,000 for the Leighton Linslade Homeless Service.

After watching the film, which focuses around Queen’s triumphant return to the stage at Live Aid, Indigo became fascinated with the concept of Live Aid and the charity single that inspired it – Do They Know It’s Christmas, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, was a smash Christmas hit in December 1984 and went on to sell 3.8 million copies.

Indigo Franklyn

Indigo Franklyn

In just two hours after watching the film, Indigo, 24, had written the words to her new song, with the music following soon after.

This new song, Christmas Wish, resonates back to the original hit single written by Geldolf and Ure, with its big seasonal sound and vocals from Indigo.

The theme to this song however is not Africa, but an issue a lot closer to home.

Indigo (whose real name is Gemma Aguilar) said: “I have long been struck by the increasing homeless problem in Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes and wondered, like many other people, what I could do to help.

“After watching the film and finding out more about Live Aid which happened before I was born, I realised I could use my skills in the same ways as Bob Geldof did all those years ago to do some good.”

The former Vandyke student, who lives in Billington Park and has been a member of the Leighton Buzzard Drama Group for many years, added: “It would be great to get local support for the song. And who knows, Bob Geldolf himself may be interested in getting behind this song too – I’m aiming for Christmas number one!”

> Christmas Wish by Indigo Franklyn will be available to buy from all online stores for download from December 1. All proceeds from the song will be donated to homeless charities in the area.

Christmas Wish lyrics

Keep me out of sight and out of mind

Easy to ignore and leave behind

I don’t matter at Christmas time

You don’t want to know it’s not your fault

That myself is all I’ve got

I don’t matter at Christmas time

Will you make a Christmas wish for me

When you’re sharing gifts with your family

Will you wish that Santa comes my way

And takes me somewhere warm to stay

When the fire is on and the drinks a flow

It’s dark and it begins to snow

Will you make a Christmas wish for me

As you’re putting up your Christmas tree

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m keeping warm

Wish that the New Year brings me

Somewhere I call home

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m safe and sound

Wish that I won’t be homeless

When Christmas comes around

In the underpass in the street light

Trying to make it through the night

I don’t matter at Christmas time

Easy to ignore like I don’t exist

How it feels to be homeless

Why would I matter at Christmas time

Will you make a Christmas wish for me

When you’re sharing gifts with your family

Will you wish that Santa comes my way

And takes me somewhere warm to stay

When the fire is on and the drinks a flow

It’s dark and it begins to snow

Will you make a Christmas wish for me

As you’re putting up your Christmas tree

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m keeping warm

Wish that the New Year brings me

Somewhere I call home

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m safe and sound

Wish that I won’t be homeless

When Christmas comes around

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m keeping warm

Wish that the New Year brings me

Somewhere I call home

Wish me a Merry Christmas

Wish that I’m safe and sound

Wish that I won’t be homeless

When Christmas comes around