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Grandfather's Immigrant Eyes

Irish Song Lyrics - Grandfather's Immigrant EyesAuthor: Guy Clark and Roger Murrah

Old Ellis Island was swarming
Like a scene from a costume ball
Decked out in the colors in Europe
And on fire with the hope of it all

There stood my father's own father stood huddled
With the tired and hungry and scared
Turn of the century pilgrims
Bound by the dream that they shared

They were standing in lines just like cattle
Poked and prodded and shoved
Some were one desk away from sweet freedom
Some were torn from someone they loved
Through this sprawling tower of babel
Came a young man confused and alone
Determined and bound for America
Carrying everything that he owned

Sometimes when I look in my grandfather's Immigrant Eyes
I see that day reflected and I can't hold my feelings inside
I see starting with nothing and working hard all of his life
So don't take it for granted say grandfather's Immigrant Eyes

Now he rocks and stares out the window
But his eyes are still just as clear
As the day when he sailed 'cross the harbor
To come ashore on the Island of Tears
Now my grandfather's days they are numbered
But I won' t let his memory die
For he gave me the gift of this country
And the look in his Emigrant Eyes

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