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I remember days with you
When I was a boy
And you could do most anything
With such ease and joy
Then came the day your body failed
And your breath came slow
But I remember how you once walked
Where the violets grow

Tortured, humiliated
Hard to bear for a man
Forgotten by the Coal Board
For whom you carried the can
Housebound to an iron lung
Your skeletal frame laid low
No more to walk these sacred lands
Where the violets grow

Your one true precious Violet
Never left your side
Though the pain grew worse with every curse
And all you could do was cry
Until your time was finally come
And at last you could let go
But in my mind you walk for evermore
Where the violets grow

The day that you were laid to rest
Seemed a blesséd relief
After thirty years of a living hell
There’d already been too much grief
Her burden gone she carries on
Her feet like bricks on snow
Until you both tread softly
Where the violets grow

For I see you there together
Where the violets grow

Walk in peace, rest in peace
Where the violets grow

(Gary Miller)


from Stand Fast, Stand Steady, released October 1, 2005
Gary Miller - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Ralf Weihrauch - accordion



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Gary Miller & Ralf Weihrauch Durham, UK

"From Durham to Dorsten" - England meets Germany to create a unique acoustic duo. Songwriter of folk punk pioneers The Whisky Priests teams up with German Ralf Weihrauch to perform a selection of new songs, some updated acoustic versions of "old hits" specially selected from The Whisky Priests' early catalogue, and a few North East of England traditional songs and tunes. ... more

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