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It was just before dawn
One miserable morning in black '44,
When the forward commander
Was told to sit tight
When he asked that his men be withdrawn.
And the generals gave thanks
As the other ranks
Held back the enemy tanks for a while,
And the Anzio bridgehead was held for the price
Of a few hundred ordinary lives.

And kind old King George sent mother a note
When he heard that father was gone.
It was, I recall, in the form of a scroll,
With gold leaf and all.
And I found it one day
In a drawer of old photographs, hidden away,
And my eyes still grow damp
To remember
His majesty signed
With his own rubber stamp.

It was dark all around,
There was frost in the ground
When the tigers broke free.
And no one survived from the Royal Fusiliers, Company Z.
They were all left behind,
Most of them dead,
The rest of them dying.
And that's how the high command
Took my daddy from me.

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    This song describes the death of roger waters father in the second world war in near the italian village of anzio in early 1944. Then describes how he later is going through an old drawer and finds the condolence letter for his father and how he feels about his father. The "tigers", I think represent the german tanks which were painted with tiger stripes and were refered to as tiger tanks.
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