From the recording We were the endlings

"So Long Galveston" is a ballad about a parent watching the inevitable ebbing away of their child’s innocence.

At one point Bowers’ and Garner’s kids tried to ban them from practising the song at home because it was too sad. And when the band went into the studio, there was a moment when both singers got choked up by the lyrics and had to stop.

So yes, it’s a sad song, but we think it’s a beautiful song. With a respectful nod to Jim Webb’s great 1968 hit “Galveston” recorded by Glen Campbell.

The track features some lovely touches on piano by our ARIA Award winning producer Mitch Cairns as well as haunting flügelhorn thanks to guest musician (and master hatmaker!) Tibor Gyapjas.

Lyrics

This is the road that we’re all on,
This is the road that we’re all on.
You can hear me can’t you son.
You understand me don’t you son.
This world is gonna break your heart,
It’s gonna burn you deep inside.
But you’ve gotta carry on, you just gotta carry on.

You’ve got the stars in your eyes, you see the sun shining bright.
I love you so much I could die, soon we’ll be saying goodbye.
And I won’t be round to hold your hand no more.
Won’t be singing Galveston, Oh Galveston no more.

So many bad roads to walk down,
But I must let you walk alone.
I’ll be waiting in the wings.
Be there to pick up all your things.
In black and white it comes to you,
You see the things that people do.
All piled up like firewood. I was frozen where I stood.

But you’ve got a beautiful heart, you’re gonna make a new start,
I love you so much I could die, soon we’ll be saying goodbye.
And I won’t be round to hold your hand no more.
Won’t be singing Galveston, Oh Galveston no more.

You’ve got the stars in your eyes, you see the sun shining bright.
I love you so much I could die, soon we’ll be saying goodbye.
I love you so much I could die, soon we’ll be saying goodbye.
I love you so much I could die, soon we’ll be saying goodbye.
And I won’t be round to hold your hand no more.
Won’t be singing Galveston Oh Galveston no more.
No more……(rpt)