Through a Window

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Through a Window
Studio album by Patrick Sky
Released 1985
Genre Folk
Label Shanachie
Producer Patrick Sky
Patrick Sky chronology
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Through a Window
Down to Us
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Through a Window is the seventh album by Patrick Sky, recorded in 1985.

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Track listing

Side A

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Side B

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