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Tank Park Salute (Billy Bragg)

from Last Songs of Winter by Marc Farre



Billy Bragg lost his father at 18 — and years later wrote this beautiful tribute. When I lost my dad, I knew I had to record this for him, and for me.


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

Tree taps on the windowpane
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

Close my eyes and when I looked
Your name was in the memorial book
What had become of all the things we’d 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
Reminding 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


from Last Songs of Winter, released February 21, 2022
(C) 1991 Billy Bragg, (P) Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Marc Farre: guitar & vocal

Produced and arranged by Marc Farre
Recorded and mixed by Greg Talenfeld, OK Records, Nyack, NY
Mastered by Nicolas Baillard, Studios La Buissonne, Pernes, France




Marc Farre Sebastopol, California

“In the company of European-influenced musicians like Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Nick Cave. A throaty voice, highly poetic lyrics and a kinetic band behind him. Compelling.”

— William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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