“Sonny's Dream”
Ron Hynes
From the album Face to the Gale, 1997
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Written by Ron Hynes in 1976. One of Newfoundland's most popular songs, it has been recorded by many artists world-wide including Valdy, Mary Black, Emmy Lou Harris and The Wonderful Grand Band.
Eric West, All Together Now...Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador –Volume 3
© Vinland Music. Reproduced with permission



Sonny lives on a farm on a wide open space
Where you can take off your sneakers and give up the race,
You can 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.


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.

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,
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.


from All Together Now...Songs of Newfoundland & Labrador –Volume 3

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