From the recording Memories of the Season - Download
2. The Miner’s Dream of Home (4:22) (Will Goodwin, Leo Dryden)
I recorded this track in October 2014, and it was previously released through Hudson Harding Music (a promotional company) on their artists’ holiday compilation CD, ‘Hudson Harding - Happy Holidays, Volume 9’. I really love this song - like Beth Nielson Chapman’s ‘Years’ (recorded on my CD ‘In The Booth’), this composition evokes very strong memories of home and hearth, coming back to loved ones after years away and (possibly) bridges thought burned beyond recovery. They say you can never go home again, but we all do - or try to, at least…if only in our memories.
It’s ten weary years since I left England’s shore, for a distant far country to roam,
How I long to return to my own native land, to my friends and the old folks at home.
Last night as I slumbered I had a strange dream, a dream that brought distant lands near,
I dreamt of old England, the land of my birth, to the heart of her sons ever dear.
While the joyous bells rang as I wended my way to the house where I lived as a boy,
As I passed by the window, there sat by the fire were my parents - my heart filled with joy.
Oh, the log burnt so brightly it was keeping them warm, on a night that could banish all sin,
And the bells they were ringing the old year out, and the new year in.
At the door of the house there we stood face to face, for the first time in ten weary years,
Soon the past was forgot, and we stood hand in hand - Father, mother and wanderer in tears.
And the log burnt so brightly, it was keeping us warm, on a night that could banish all sin,
And the bells they were ringing the old year out and the new year in.
And the bells they were ringing, the old year out and the new year in.