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Sonny

R. Hynes
Sonny lives on a farm, in a wide open space Take off your shoes, stay out of the race Lay down your head, on a soft river bed Sonny always remembers the words Mamma says. 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 Sits by his window in his room by the stairs Watching the waves drifting soft on the pier. 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 But from the grave Mamma still haunts his dreams. 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.