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​My Father Is Gone

This song is by Bread and Bones and appears on the album I Know Stories (2008).

In the coal-mining hills of Pennsylvania
My father grew up just above the mines
But his father told him no, you won't be working down below
'Cause I won't see you fall before your time
So my father had a job out at the railway
Moving round the coal-filled railroad cars
Till one April afternoon my aunt came up to my room
And told me there'd been trouble at the yards

My father is gone
He will not return
Yu can't hold a life
Beyond its own turn
Can't hold back the night
Or hurry the dawn
It can not be changed
My father is gone

There were people in their suits down in the parlor
Tall men come to shake me by the hand
And a kitchen full of pies and my mother's weary eyes
And my uncle told me son now be a man

My father is gone
He will not return
You can't hold a life
Beyond its own turn
Can't hold back the night
And hurry the dawn
It can not be changed
My father is gone

But I dreamed that he opened his eyes
That he opened his eyes
And all was all right

My father is gone
He will not return
You can't hold a life
Beyond its own turn
Can't hold back the night
Or hurry the dawn
It can not be changed
My father is gone
It can not be changed
My father is gone