In the three years since the Twilight franchise wrapped, moviegoers have witnessed a complete makeover of the actor behind the brooding vampire Edward Cullen. Today, Pattinson is a far cry from the sullen teen his Twilighters once knew, and he’s brought a new, more mature image along with him. The year 2022 will mark the centennial of the Great War, and in honor of this anniversary, Pattinson has composed a song for his fans. It’s been three years since Twilight, and the world is still recovering from the pandemic and the War to End All Wars, but with the world back to some semblance of normalcy, it’s time for Edward Cullen’s anti-war crusader to strut his stuff one more time.
The song is called “It’s Time For the Anti-War March,” and it premieres today via Entertainment Tonight. In the song, Pattinson urges fans to rise up against the war once more, and this time, he says, they must “fight back.” The song also marks the first time that Pattinson has publicly acknowledged that he is, in fact, the singer behind the pseudonym “Robert Pattinson.” He’s been hiding his identity behind a series of band names, and today, he goes by simply “Pattinson.”
History of the Song
The song premiered under the name “Robert Pattinson” in May 2022. It marks Pattinson’s return to music after a three-year break, during which he focused on other projects, including the upcoming film, The Last Word, in which he plays Simon, a World War II spy who tries to prevent a genocide. The Last Word is scheduled for release in June 2022.
As mentioned, this will mark the centennial of the Great War, and in honor of this anniversary, Pattinson has written and recorded a song to benefit the British Red Cross’ Great War Poppy Campaign.
Pattinson’s grandfather fought in World War I, and when the singer learned of this legacy, he saw an opportunity to help commemorate the event and pay tribute to all veterans.
“I hope this song can help bring a smile to some faces and put a bit of sunshine in the hearts of people who are struggling to make this world a better place,” he said in a statement. “I think it’s important to bear in mind that it wasn’t just one generation that was affected by the Great War. My grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all served in World War I. It is therefore a song to all of them — those who lived and those who didn’t.”
What is ‘Poppy’?
The song is named after the emblematic poppy, and throughout the year, members of the public are encouraged to grow and wear these flowers as a sign of respect for those who served and to remember those who lost their lives in the conflict.
The Royal British Legion encourages all those who have served in the military to wear the poppy in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Additionally, the Legion notes that while many think of World War I as “The Great War,” it was actually the last major conflict of the 19th century. Therefore, the organization encourages members to consider their country, fellow veterans, and those who have served since as their allies and friends during this difficult time.
Pattinson’s Personal Tribute
Apart from writing and singing the song, Pattinson has designed a ceramic poppy to depict his homage to the emblematic flower. This figure will be part of a collection of decorative poppies that he will plant in gardens around the world. The singer hopes that these flowerbeds will become a symbol of peace for future generations.
Fighting the ‘War To End All Wars’
In the song, Pattinson urges his fans to “rise up against the war” once more. He writes that this time they must “fight back” and “say no,” adding that it is “time to stop this madness.”
These words seem to have been inspired by real-life events. In January 2022, England’s Prince Harry made headlines after declaring that he had no interest in carrying on the family legacy and wanting to live his life as an outsider. In a move that surprised many, the prince announced that he was rebelling against the British monarchy and renouncing his princely title, effectively ending Britain’s most famous “royal birthright,” causing a political earthquake.
The prince’s actions and words were widely publicized, and even members of the Royal Family weren’t immune to the wave of support that Harry’s “People’s Prince” movement enjoyed. Many now see the prince’s decision to renounce his title as a courageous act of solidarity with those suffering from social alienation and mental health issues. In a move that will no doubt delight his fans, the prince has even suggested that he might consider volunteering for a few months at a time to combat loneliness and depression.
In “Poppy,” Pattinson sings, “I don’t want to end up like my father/This world is changing, and we need to evolve,” seemingly alluding to Prince Harry’s controversial decision to reject his royal status, although he did not mention the prince by name. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pattinson refused to be drawn on the subject matter of the song, but he did say that he wanted to “embrace the opportunity to put my thoughts out there” and address “some of the more complex ideas” that he had about the state of the world today.
Reaching Out To Veterans
Pattinson has always been a vocal supporter of veterans and the military, and he has worked with several charities and organizations over the years to raise awareness and funds for combat veterans and their families. In recent months, he has been spotted at numerous military bases and monuments, including the Arlington National Cemetery, where he laid a bunch of colorful peonies on the tombstones of America’s war dead.
While visiting a U.K. military base in November 2021, Pattinson spoke to a group of service personnel about his new album, joking that he “enjoyed [his] last album,” adding, “I don’t want to leave any stone unturned.” He also laid a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in London.
More Than Meets The Eye
It is important to note that “Poppy” is not the only new song that Pattinson has published in the past few months. In addition to “It’s Time For the Anti-War March,” he has released two other songs: “Take It Easy” and “Lover, Come Back To Me.”
The former is a duet with the legendary Elton John and was released in February 2022. The latter is a heartfelt ballad about a breakup and features American rock band Linkin Park’s Jay Z on vocals.
Pattinson continues to impress with the depth of his composition skills and his desire to give back to the community that has supported him throughout his entire career. With the world seemingly on the road to recovery, it has never been more important to remember those who sacrificed so much so that we could have a semblance of normalcy today.