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Sonny's Dream (Ron Hynes) Sonny lives on a farm on a wide open space Where you can take off your sneakers and give up the race You could lay down your head by a sweet river bed But Sonny always remembers what it was his Mama said Sonny carries a load though he's barely a man There ain't all that to do, still he does what he can And he watches the sea from a room by the stairs And the waves keep on rollin', they've done that for years cho: Oh, Sonny don't go away, I am here all alone And your daddy's a sailor who never comes home And the nights get so long and the silence goes on And I'm feeling so tired, I'm not all that strong And it's a hundred miles to town, Sonny's never been there And he goes to the highway and stands there and stares And the mail comes at four and the mailman is old Oh, but he still dreams his dreams full of silver and gold Sonny's dreams can't be real, they're just stories he's read They're just stars in his eyes, they're just dreams in his head And he's hungry inside for the wide world outside And I know I can't hold him though I've tried and I've tried Oh, Sonny don't go away, I am here all alone And your daddy's a sailor who never comes home And the nights get so long and the silence goes on And I'm feeling so tired, I'm not all that strong (Sung by Ron Hynes on the album: "Living in a Fog" by the Wonderful Grand Band 1981) Definitely written by Ron Hynes. It originally appeared on a Ron Hynes solo album (long since deleted) in the late seventies. Hamish Imlach made up some additional lyrics and added them after hearing the song (perhaps incomplete) during a tour of Canada some time in the mid-eighties. This version was then passed on to Christy Moore and then to Mary Black etc. Ron Hynes recorded another solo album "Cryer's Paradise" in 1993. He currently lives in Prince Edward Island, Canada. CC Copyright Wonderful Grand Music 1976 CAPAC CC
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