Favorite Songs: Sonny’s Dream

I heard this performance of this song, originally by Ron Hynes, but with modified lyrics, back when the Disney Channel carried “A Prairie Home Companion”. It’s performed by Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath, and the backing musicians include the legendary guitarist Chet Atkins.

This song is wistful and evocative in ways few songs are, and if you have a few minutes to listen, it’s worth the time.



Chorus:
Sonny, don’t go away
I’m here all alone
Your Daddy’s a sailor
Never comes home
Nights are so long
Silence goes on
I’m feeling so tired
And not all that strong

Sonny lives on the farm
In a wide open space
Take off your shoes,
Stay out of the race –
Lay down your head
By the soft river bed
Sonny always remember
The words Momma said

Chorus:
Sonny, don’t go away
I’m here all alone
Your Daddy’s a sailor
Never comes home
Nights are so long
Silence goes on
I’m feeling so tired
And not all that strong

Sonny works on the land
Though he’s barely a man
There’s not much to do
But he does what he can
He sits by his window
In his room on the stairs
Watching the waves drifting
Soft on the piers

Chorus:
Sonny, don’t go away
I’m here all alone
Your Daddy’s a sailor
Never comes home
Nights are so long
Silence goes on
I’m feeling so tired
And not all that strong

Many years have rolled on
Sonny’s old and alone
His daddy the sailor
Never came home
Sometimes he wonders
What his life might have been
Still, from the grave
Momma’s voice haunts his dreams

Chorus:
Sonny, don’t go away
I’m here all alone
Your Daddy’s a sailor
Never comes home
Nights are so long
Silence goes on
I’m feeling so tired
And not all that strong

Sonny, don’t go away

Author: Sibelius Russell

Sibelius Russell (a/k/a/ Owen "Beleaguered" Servant) lives a life of whimsical servitude -- whatever that means.

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