Tank Park Salute
Billy Bragg Lyrics

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
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 accept 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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Written by: Stephen William Bragg

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"you were so tall - how could you fall?" Jesus Christ, that line...every time.

John Willoug

"I closed my eyes and when I looked, your name was in the memorial book..."
That couplet gets me.
I neglected connecting to my father for some time, then when I'd just started spending time with him, suddenly he was gone. Four hundred people at his funeral, politicians, civic leaders... and I only knew about twenty of his friends. He did things, and worked for causes I don't even know about; I'm not even half the person he was. 

Here's a tank park salute to you.

Marcus Elmore

Me too, for years and years...


seventiesmovies I have always found this to be a beautiful and very emotional song but it is "that" simple line that crushes me. The thoughts of a little boy who has just lost his dad. Unbearably moving.

J Beatty

My Dad passed away in his sleep with the family around him on Sunday afternoon, a few days ago...

This song is just so perfect.


I can't make it through this song without crying!

Jug RB

Make that three of us then... since my dad passed, this song brings me to tears every time.



The Sigh Company

sheilatakeabow1990 i thought it was just me.

Robert Farnsworth

Fantastic song, great photograph. My message to my children is live your life, don't whatever you do give in to material rubbish - it is beyond unimportant.

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