Regina Spektor cover to be released for annual poppy appeal

The Poppy Girls' take on 'The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)' will be released in November

The Royal British Legion are to release a cover of Regina Spektor’s 'The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)' to raise money for the 2013 poppy appeal.

The Poppy Girls, a group of five young girls aged between 10 and 17 whose fathers currently serve in the armed forces abroad, have recorded the song. They secured their places in the group by auditioning individually online. 'The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)' will be released on Decca Records on November 10.

Tom Lewis, who works in A&R at Decca explained to NME how the unusual song choice was made. "One of the people involved in the search is a massive Regina Spektor fan. She suggested the song and, once we heard it, we thought it was perfect because it’s poignant and the words are bang on. It’s an optimistic song, it’s very moving and it has a very poignant message. We just thought that it was perfect."

Spektor herself is aware of the cover and Lewis says that he hopes the British public take to the song in the same way they did with Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' when it was covered by Alexandra Burke in 2008. "There’s no reason why a Regina Spektor song shouldn’t be loved by a very broad audience," he says. "It’s a gorgeous song and everyone who has heard it has immediately gone, 'Wow, what a song' and I love the fact that we haven’t just done what people might expect which is go to the Simon Cowell song book."

'The Call (No Need To Say Goodbye)' first appeared on the soundtrack to 2008 movie The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The Poppy Girls will perform their cover during the Festival of Remembrance next month (November 9) at the Royal Albert Hall, in front of the Royal Family. The concert will also be broadcast on TV.

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