"Echo Park" as written by and Buzz Clifford....
It's the morning soon he'll rise
Find the glasses for his eyes
Aren't what they used to be
Picks up the clothes he's worn so long
On the bureau sits the picture of a lady
And the mural of a man who's been gone for many years

[Chorus]
The old man walks in Echo Park
From bench to bench he moves from morning â??til dark
For the ducks some bread he brings
Wonder if he'll feed them this time next spring

Listening to the children play
Reminds him of other days
Many years ago
Thoughts of a child that he helped grow
And the memory of a letter saying dear sir
We regret to inform you, your son will not be coming home

[Chorus]

Old man tell me are there fears
Do you measure life in years
Or is one day all you'll ever know
I've got to know

[Chorus]

Have I been a good man
Have I tried to see the light
Wish I may, wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight
Have I been a good man


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"Echo Park" as written by Buzz Clifford

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    General Commentno comments here, I was surprised - this was a
    song that's haunted me for a long time - it tells
    of the Old Man looking back on his life, and what's
    left for him - all loneliness and retrospection - but
    what's really haunting was the Vietnam era reference
    of a letter saying "your son will not be coming home" -
    I thought, how amazing and sordid would that be, getting
    the news of the death by mail
    rockboy52on December 29, 2012   Link

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