#03526
Lilacs Are For Angels (Ellis & Wince Coles) w/lyrics & video

              #2317: YouTube video by oldirishladdie ©2009
                              ~ Used with permission ~

As the peaceful crimson sunset sank low into the sea,
On that country road that evenin' there were just the birds and me;
Then as if she came from nowhere, a little girl was kneelin' down,
Her arms was full of lilacs that had fallen to the ground.

As their fragrance filled the evening, I walked up, I said hello,
I think you have more lilacs than you're little arms can hold;
I'm not supposed to talk to strangers, sir, it's what my mommy said,
But someone's gotta help me take these flowers to my dad.

When I asked there came no answer, where would your daddy be?
She only talked of lilacs she had picked from granny's tree;
Then she told me how all by herself she had wrote her dad a song,
And would I help her sing as we walked along.

Pretty lilacs, they are for angels,
Oh, their fragrance they freely give;
Purple blossoms will bloom in heaven,
In the valley on the hills where daddy lives.

Through the trees I saw the answer, and the tears began to flow,
There standing in the shadows I saw headstones row on row;
She sang right up to the graveside, laid the flowers all around,
Whispered, Daddy, here's your lilacs, as she placed her flowers down.

With her little hands she planted all the lilacs in the clay,
I cried a million tears, sir, since daddy went away;
But I must be strong for mommy, tell her there's no need to cry,
'Cause daddy he's an angel, in the blue he's flying high.

The dark is quickly comin', sir, and mommy's all alone,
Before I run, I thank you for the kindness you have shown;
But that song I wrote for daddy once more I'd love to sing,
And together in the shadows our voices loudly rang.

Pretty lilacs, they are for angels,
Oh, their fragrance they freely give;
Purple blossoms will bloom in heaven,
In the valley on the hills where daddy lives.
In the valley on the hills where daddy lives.

####.... Ellis Coles ....####
Recorded by Ellis Coles with vocals by Renee Coles (Eli's On The Weed, trk#7, 1996 Cassette, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL); and (Greatest Hits, Vol.1, trk#10, 1998 CD, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

See more songs by Ellis & Wince Coles.

A variant was also recorded by Leane Chaulk with Janine Crane (Only One Daddy Like You, trk#6, 2000 CD, SWC Productions, English Harbour West, NL).

A variant was also recorded by Bill Quilty (This Time You Gave Me A Mountain, trk#11, 2006 CD, Eagle Productions, Placentia, NL).






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