tank park salute lyrics – 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 p*ss 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 lyrics