The inspiration for this song came out of a conversation
had many years ago with a very unassuming individual
who most people would walk past in the supermarket.
The description and idea of ‘Gibraltar Barn’ stayed with
me in my musical ‘Bone Yard’ for a long time until now.
Here’s a tribute to the extreme bravery & sacrifice of
the women & men of the Special Operations Executive.
They left the relative safety & comfort of wartime
England to work alongside the resistance forces of
Europe at extreme risk to themselves but all for a
Flying from RAF Tempsford airfield in Bedfordshire,
for most of them, the Gibraltar Barn (where they were
equipped including a cyanide capsule), would be their
last glimpse of safety, most of them did not return.
The Barn is now presevered, dedicated to the memory
of these very brave people as you can see from this
Taking all risks, landing at Midnight, a Life in the
shade with no word of regret.
Saying farewell, to all left behind you, dropped like
a ball in a game of roulette.
The love that you have, is all that you have, to place
in the way of harm.
Watching your life fade away far below you, just
like the lights of Gibraltar Barn.
The moonlight above, shines to the distance,
highlights the danger approaching fast.
Flying to France, a force of resistance, eyes to the
future, no thoughts of the past.
Talking in tongues, so easily broken, a delicate
heart that’s as hard as nails.
Alone in the dark, treading on eggshells, a Johnny
come lately who cannot fail.
Chorus to end
from Presence & Gain
released September 11, 2015
Lyrics - Howe. Music - Howe & Ibbotson
All Guitars, Vocals & Harmony Vocals - Keith Howe.
Drums & Percussion – Alan Ibbotson.
Bass Guitar & Keyboards– Gareth Young.
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