Sonny lives on a farm on a wide open space
Where you can take off your shoes, stay out of the race
Lay down your head by a sweet river bed
Sonny always remembers the words mama said

Chorus:

Sonny, don’t go away, I’m here all alone
Your daddy’s a sailor, never comes home
Nights are so long, the silence goes on
I’m feelin’ so tired, and not all that strong

Sonny carries a load, 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
And he’s watchin’ the waves washin’ soft on the pier.

It’s a long way to town, Sonny’s never been there.
But he goes to the highway and he stands and he stares.
Mail comes at four and the mailman is old
But he brings Sonny dreams filled with silver and gold

Sonny’s dreams can’t be real, they’re just stories he’s read.
There’s just stars in his eyes, they’re just dreams in his head.
But he sees all the places that he’d like to roam.
But he hears mama’s voice and it’s callin’ him home

Many years have rolled on, Sonny’s old and alone
His daddy’s a sailor, never came home
Sometimes he wonders what his life might have been
But still from the grave, mama’s voice haunts his dreams
Sonny, don’t go away, I’m here all alone

Your daddy’s a sailor, he never comes home
And the nights are so long and the silence goes on
I’m feelin’ so tired, and not all that strong
Sonny, don’t go away

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