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  1. Tank Park Salute

From the recording Things heard

Billy Bragg's song "Tank Park Salute" is about his Dad who'd died in 1976. He'd written it then realized he'd have to talk about the loss, something he couldn't face at the time. The song appears on, "Don't Try this at Home" album from 1991.


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

Billy Bragg - Tank Park Salute Lyrics | MetroLyrics