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 She moves a little slow Until you both tread lightly 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 introducing and performing 'Where the Violets Grow' live at Katie Fitzgerald's, Stourbridge on 17th August 2010,
as part of a series of UK shows with legendary Australian duo Mick Thomas (award-winning singer/songwriter)& Michael Barclay (both of 'Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing' and formerly of 'Weddings Parties Anything').