Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress

 Filipo you gotta hold the gates
I’ve come half around the world
with a promise to fulfill
It’s pouring and the hour is growing late
The sun behind the hill less than two hours to kill
So help me weave my way among these stones
I’ve got family to see I’d rather not be alone
I printed out his picture for his grave
They all said growin’ up they could see him in my face

Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
I’ll pay my respects when I’m first in Florence
I’ll bring your banners to wave, we’ll pour wine on top of your grave
Tailgunner, it’s me that you saved

I carried here his last letters home,
sent 3 days before he flew he was younger than my son
This moment seems the slightest bit surreal
There isn’t much to say I’m not quite sure how to feel
A bugle in the distance calls out taps
and Filipo he turns asks me to fold the flag
And bidding all you brave young men adieu
Let your dreams live in me, I swear I’ll see them through

Tailgunner of the Flying Fortress
I’ll pay my respects when I’m first in Florence
I’ll bring your banners to wave, we’ll pour wine on top of your grave
Tailgunner, it’s me that you saved