Tank Park Salute

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  1. pit

    pit Well-Known Member

    Although I didn't write this, these are among the most moving lyrics I've come across, so I wanted to share them.

    Tank Park Salute - by Billy Bragg

    Kiss me goodnight and say my prayers
    Leave the light on at the top of the stairs
    Tell me the names of the stars up in the sky
    A tree taps on the window pane
    That feeling smothers me again
    Daddy is it true that we all have to die

    At the top of the stairs
    Is darkness

    I closed my eyes and when I looked
    Your name was in the memorial book
    and what had become of all the things we planned
    I accepted the commiserations
    Of all your friends and your relations
    But there's some things I still don't understand

    You were so tall
    How could you fall?

    Some photographs of a summer's day
    A little boy's lifetime away
    Is all I've left of everything we've done
    Like a pale moon in a sunny sky
    Death gazes down as I pass by
    To remind me that I'm but my father's son

    I offer up to you
    This tribute
    I offer up to you
    This tank park salute
     
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