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Last time I saw my dad was in July 2001, 2 months before he died in the World Trade Centre. This is about a barbeque we had and the talk after when he told me he’d played the piano at the Albert Hall and played with Roger Daltrey. I never found out if it was true…

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I just remembered the time
We sat at the kitchen table
Two of us drinking wine
And talking through the night
Your face was older now
Life drawn on your skin
Like a roadmap stretched across your brow
That told of where you’d been

You said you’d been just like me and remembered how that tasted
The bitter sweet of young and free taking on the world
But the world was bigger now than you had ever dreamed
Though you said you’d seen it all you couldn’t work out what it meant

You said you’d been on stage at the Albert Hall
And you’d been in a band with Roger Daltrey
I never knew if the stories were tall
All I knew is it’s what you told me


The summer storms we had that year seemed to talk of where you’d been
Umbrella in you hand as you stood on the porch and bbq’d fish in the rain
You liked to smile and you tried to laugh but your eyes gave you away
Speaking chapters of another time and stories you’d never say

We talked for a time and drank our wine and you told me what you knew
And as we talked I realised that we weren’t far from the truth
You took me to the mountains that overlooked your heart
I knew we could have made it if we had the guts to start

You said you’d been on stage at the Albert Hall
And been in a band with Roger Daltrey
I never knew if the stories were tall
All I knew is it’s what you told me
And you worked on Wall Street in a fancy job
Though you always said it wasn’t easy
You worked like hell to get to the top
And you deserved it, that’s what you told me

You liked to hear me play guitar and sing your favourite song
About sunshine and falling into the arms where you belonged

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from Best Thing That's Happened, released January 1, 2010

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Rob Halligan coventry

Award winning international artist who has worked with Graeme Duffin,Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet), Bob Halligan Jr (Judas Priest, Cher), After The Fire, and Paul Evans (Delirious). His CD Best Thing that Happened was nominated Contemporary Album Of The Year and his latest album, The Perils the Grace and The Way has appeared on BBC Radio 2, BBC1 TV, ITV’s Daybreak and many local radio stations. ... more

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