My love of the Faces in general, and Ronnie Lane in particular, is well documented here.
Yes is is Geoff.
What do you think of this analysis of Debris?
“Debris” is Ronnie Lane’s tribute to his dad, first recorded with the Faces. By all accounts, Lane’s father, a bus driver (hence the reference to “the depot” in the song) was an irrepressibly cheerful guy who never once complained about his lot in life as a de facto single parent, caring for a couple of young sons as well as a wife disabled by multiple sclerosis. Sadly, MS is the same disease that would one day rob Ronnie Lane of his ability to play his music, and eventually take his life at the age of 53.
The “debris” in the song refers to a bombed-out portion of the hardscrabble East End London neighborhood in which the Lanes lived that had not yet been rebuilt after World War II. Apparently, on weekends an impromptu flea market would spring up on the rubble, with locals trying to generate some cash by selling whatever they could.
The last lines in the song are “And I wonder what you would have done/ Without me hanging around”. In live performances, Ronnie Lane often changed the wording to “I wonder what you could have been”, in clear recognition of the great sacrifices his father made for the family. Understated as it is, I can’t think of a greater expression of gratitude toward a parent that I have heard than this song.
I saw him and Slim Chance at the Roundhouse, Camden Town, July 1975. Great empathy and communication with the audience.