Hayling in Afghanistan.

A few years ago I co wrote a song with a band called FC Kahuna. The song is called Hayling and it is still a song I am very proud of. Since writing the song I have occasionally heard from people telling me how the song has been a part of their life which is always lovely to read about.
Last week I received a message that was very touching, and different from any other I have gotten in the past. It was a thank you from an english writer who just completed a book about the war, and spent a year in Afghanistan.

“I hope this reaches you. It’s really just a thank you for you wonderful voice, which on Hayling kept me alive during long months in Afghanistan. That, and ducking at the right time.. I am an English writer who has just completed a book about the war there and spent about about a year in total embedded with different armies while researching. I wish I had a krona for every time I played that track, I’d probably be able to afford a Carribean cruise now “

He talks about playing the song in helicopters, bunk beds, in deserts and on mountains. Reading his descriptions felt more like watching a scene from a film, rather than someone talking about their own experiences. Here he talks about a memorable moment where he listened to Hayling.

” On one occasion as I and a platoon of US troops were surrounded on a hilltop by the border with Pakistan, took a brutal barrage of fire and then waited the whole night for the dawn, when we fully expected to be stormed by hundreds of Taliban and slaughtered “

I find it very touching that my song and voice gave someone comfort in a situation like that. Living in my little house here in Iceland this situation couldnĀ“t be further from my reality.

Thank you Nick for sharing your story with me.


  1. Kerry says:

    Just thought you might like to know that Nick Allen’s book is called ‘Embed – With The World’s Armies in Afghanistan’and it’ll be published in October by History Press.

  2. Eric says:

    That is kind of funny, because I had a similar experience. Hayling was one of about 5 songs that were their own playlist while I was in Iraq, both times I have been there. I have listened to it hundreds of times from Iraq and America and back again. I have loved the song since I heard it in Layer Cake, which is how I found your music! Thank you Hafdis!

  3. Mike says:

    Will you ever be performing in Los Angeles?
    “Hayling” might very well be the most beautiful song I’ve ever heard. I do electronic music as well… and wish so bad I’d have written that!!!!


  4. Thomas Earp says:


    I live on hayling island and I have always wondered if the song is named after the island. It’s a great song and it’s a constant on my stereo.

    Could you shed some light on the name?

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