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You say you don't want flowers or a song
but that's your wish alone,
you say you don't think you have earned them
we might as well burn them.
You haven't earned them
we should burn them.

but we need a little hope right now
god knows we need a little hope
yeah we need a little hope
so there'll be petals
and stories and melodies.
Flowers and tales and symphonies
and you and me and everyone
and you and me and everyone

It's your exit after all
your stage left, with body and soul
the end of a career,
as a father, a friend, you were a hero here
and a forced goodbye will never come
a forced goodbye will never come from me
I need you now more than before, you see.
A forced goodbye will never come
a forced goodbye will never come from me

And you'll look dead smart
with your best suit on,
and so relaxed, so careless so calm
and we will look a mess
in our assorted blacks.
Your family and friends,
place strong hands on backs.
your leaving here hurts
more than you'll ever know
your leaving here hurts
more than you'll ever know
your leaving here hurts
more than you'll ever know
your leaving here hurts
more than you'll ever know

and the old boys are the best
I didn't say I loved you till you were deaf
I will miss you dearly, I think it's clear
and I'll try to fill the gap with wine and beer
You know the old boys are the best,
I didn't say I loved you till you were deaf
and if I can't drink till I forget the pain
I will hope at least the spirit of you remains
in the son of your child and the sum of your years
in me.

I will do you proud
I will do you proud
I will do you proud
I will do you proud if I can.
Too much gain = Ears in pain