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Sonny's Dream (Ron Hynes) tabs, MIDIs, videos
#2138: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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Sonny lives on a farm on a wide open space,
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 momma said.

Sonny carries a load though he's barely a man,
There ain't all that to do, but 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.

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 he 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,
Stars in his eyes and 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 and I've tried.

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.

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.

####.... © Ron Hynes (Performing rights administered by SOCAN. All rights reserved) ....####
Recorded by Ron Hynes (Face To The Gale, Trk #3, 1997, © Wonderful Grand Music/Sold for a Song: TMP, EMI Music, Canada.)

The video above features Ron Hynes with a performance of his Newfoundland classic, Sonny's Dream, at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Bannerman Park, St John's, August, 2008.

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The video below features the Wonderful Grand Band performing in 1980 at the Chalet Lounge, TCH, St John's NL, with Ron Hynes, Sandy Morris, Glenn Simmons, Jamie Snider, Ian Perry, and Rocky Wiseman.

#2414: YouTube video by nufee08
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

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The video below features the final and the best known of all his songs at The Night Of A Thousand Songs in support (and honour) of Newfoundland's own Ron Hynes. There may have never before been such a fantastic wealth of Newfoundland talent together on one stage, all offering up their gifts to and for their friend and fellow musician. On stage were Alan Doyle, Cory Tetford, Paul Kinsman, Glenn Simmons, Sandy Morris, Joel Thomas Hynes, Billy Sutton, Lori Cooper, The Once, Liz Solo, Coleen Power, The Dardanelles, Amelia Curran, Larry Foley, Karen Ennis, Jenny Gear, Duane Andrews, Glen Tilley, Crooked Stovepipe, Kelly Russell, and Greg Malone among others. Two of Ron's daughters were beside the Man Of A Thousand Songs himself at the Delta Ballroom, September 30, 2012.

#2129: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below is the final performance at Memorial University's 2012 Alumni Show (The Wicked Memorial Show) from the Mile One Centre, St John's, on August 11, 2012. A stellar cast of some of the province's brightest and best, including Alan Doyle, Andrew James O'Brien, Hey Rosetta, Amelia Curran, Paul Kinsman, and Barry Canning joining the legendary Wonderful Grand Band, and most especially the incomparable Ron Hynes, leading a Mile One crowd in singing the song Ron wrote and all of Newfoundland knows and loves. The show was followed by a standing ovation for Ron Hynes, the Man Of A Thousand Songs. The concert is Hynes' last performance before undergoing treatment for throat cancer. It was organized as part of the 2012 Memorial University reunion. Other shows and tour dates by Ron Hynes have been officially cancelled.

#2085: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2012 ~ Used with permission ~

The video below features a recording by Allison Crowe of Nanaimo, British Columbia and Corner Brook, NL (Newfoundland Vinyl, trk#6, 2013 LP and CD, Rubenesque Records Ltd, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia).

#2377: YouTube video by Adrian22
©2013 ~ Used with permission ~

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The variant in the video below was arranged and recorded by Sons Of Erin (Pleasant And Delightful, trk#1, 1980, Erinson Records, St John's NL).

#621: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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The variant in the video below was arranged and recorded by Ryan's Fancy (Dance Around This One ©1981, Boot Records).

#533: YouTube video by quickaccent2006
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

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Sonny [G] lives on a farm on a wide open space,
You can take off your [G7] sneakers and [C] give up the [G] race;
You could [D] lay down your head by a sweet river bed,
But Sonny [C] always remembers what it was his Momma [G] said. [D]

Sonny [G] carries a load though he's barely a man,
There ain't all that to [G7] do, but he [C] does what he [G] can;
And he [D] watches the sea from a room by the stairs,
And the [C] waves keep on rollin', they've done that for [G] years. [D]

Sonny [G] don't go away, I am here all alone,
And your daddy's a [G7] sailor who [C] never comes [G] home;
And the [D] nights get so long, and the silence goes on,
and I'm [C] feeling so tired, I'm not all that [G] strong. [D]

It's a [G] hundred miles to town, Sonny's never been there,
And he goes to the [G7] highway and [C] he stands there and [G] stares;
And the [D] mail comes at four and the mailman is old,
But he [C] still dreams his dreams full of silver and [G] gold. [D]

Sonny's [G] dreams can't be real, they're just stories he's read,
Stars in his [G7] eyes and [C] dreams in his [G] head;
And he's [D] hungry inside, for the wide world outside,
And I [C] know I can't hold him though I've tried and I've [G] tried and I've tried [D]

Sonny [G] don't go away, I am here all alone,
And your daddy's a [G7] sailor who [C] never comes [G] home;
And the [D] nights get so long, and the silence goes on,
And I'm [C] feeling so tired, I'm not all that [G] strong. [D]

Sonny [G] don't go away, I am here all alone,
And your daddy's a [G7] sailor who [C] never comes [G] home;
And the [D] nights get so long, and the silence goes on,
And I'm [C] feeling so tired, I'm not all that [G] strong. [D]

~ Chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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