Songs from the PBS Concert

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1.
I AM A SOLDIER (SPOKEN) To go to those places where nobody would dare to go To do those things that no one will dare to do And do not expect anyone to volunteer for But I will go there I will go there because I am a soldier I am a soldier and I will go there I will fight for the freedom of all men I am a soldier and I will go there I’m your father mother sister brother your son your friend I’m the one you want to be there For your children for your country till the end I’m a soldier I will go there Count on me again and again and again till the end In the heat of battle or in the cool of peace Rest assured I have your back no matter what it is In the light of day in the dark of night Don’t you worry I’m ready for the fight I am a soldier and I will go there I will fight for the freedom of all men I am a soldier and I will go there I'm your father, your mother, sister, brother, friend I’m the one you want to be there For your children for your country amen I’m a soldier I will go there You can count on me again and again and again I am a soldier and I will go there I will fight for the freedom of all women and men I am a soldier and I will go there I’m your father, your mother, sister, your brother your friend I’m the one you want to be there For your children for your country amen I’m a soldier I will go there You can count on me again, again You know you can count on me again, and again, and again till The end
2.
MIDNIGHT CALL He seemed ok yesterday Told me everything was fine But he would never really say What's on his mind But when it's her name on the phone I know he's out there all alone And maybe finally had enough this time Had enough of the demons Had enough of the shame Had enough of the silence He couldn’t take it one more day When you get that midnight call You know the sky's about to fall It's gonna rain, rain, rain all night long You know there's nothing you can do Always a bolt out of the blue It's always the same Midnight Call I better put some coffee on I'll be calling brothers until dawn This time the torch has been passed down to me You always think you could do more Man, I guess that's what guilt is for To show you the hope and light He could not see And we'll get together And say our goodbye Welcome another Airborne Ranger in the Sky
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LION OF FALLUJAH Be brave, be humble, be a good friend Fight for something you really believe in Be a mentor, serve your country, conquer your fears Always keep your word, lead your peers Oh my son We're never gonna lose ya You’re forever in our hearts The Lion of Fallujah If you weren't on the edge You were taking up too much space You made Swayze's leap with a smile on your face It comforts me knowing you died for what you believed in You lived up to your name Warhammer til the end Oh my son We're never gonna lose ya You’re forever in our hearts The Lion of Fallujah I hear angels singing hallelujah Open the gates for the Lion of Fallujah Oh my son We're never gonna lose ya You’re forever in our hearts The Lion of Fallujah I can hear angels singing hallelujah Heaven open your gates for the Lion of Fallujah The Lion of Fallujah Oh sing hallelujah for the lion of Fallujah Heaven open your gates for the Lion of Fallujah
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HOLDING GOD’S HAND Darden Smith / James Monk Blind scared Over there Under attack First combat I was praying real hard Like Daniel prayed Back in those Old Testament days When the bullets started flying, it was crazy, it was loud I was doing all I could not to get knocked down Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Got me through There was this kid from Texas Jose Velez He was maybe 19 It was a terrible thing Seemed like he was just getting started in life He had a dream, he had a wife He lost it all in that place But sitting right here I can see his face Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Gets me through I’m back home now And I’m not sure how I made it through But I know what’s true Is that everybody’s lost and everybody’s scared Everybody’s wondering if anybody cares I know the reason that I made it through the fight Love my neighbor and do what’s right Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Holding God’s hand Gets me through
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My Journey 03:46
MY JOURNEY I been on a journey Through my pain I know my journey Is not in vain I learned to lean on my higher power To take me through the fight I have his hand to lead me On my journey to the light It’s been a battle All my life It’s been a struggle Day and night In my time of weakness He was there for me I know he’s gonna give me All the strength I need On my journey I am not alone And I know one day He’ll lead me home All the loved ones I leave Will have a journey of their own They’ll always have the beauty Of this journey I have known On my journey I’ve got a friend He’s gonna walk beside me Till the end On my journey I’ve got a friend Jesus gonna walk beside me Till the end On my journey Through my pain I know my journey is not in vain On my journey I’ve got a friend Jesus gonna walk beside me Till the end
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Perdi 03:01
Perdi I lost time with my family Lost sleep when I laid down I lost way too many friends for sure Mostly I lost count Perdi la cuenta de los dias Tres anos de mi vida Perdi los primeros cumpleanos Cumpleanos de mi hija Cosas que me mereci Me perdi, Perdi Still losing time with my family Still losing too much sleep Losing tears for no damn good reason Can’t lose the memories I keep Perdi la cuenta de los dias Tres anos de mi vida Perdi mis hermanos, mis amigos Tiempo con mi querida Cosas que me mereci Perdi, Perdi, Me Perdi Perdi la cuenta de los dias Tres anos de mi vida Perdi los primeros cumpleanos Cumpleanos de mi hija Cosas que me mereci Me Perdi, Perdi
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STRUMMING HAND 1 o’clock in the morning Darker than the dark side of the moon I didn’t know where we were going We couldn’t get there too soon On the tip of the spear, the guardians of the night Oh but we couldn’t see it coming, a ghost round in flight Had no idea that bones exploded Or skin could act that way That a boat could take on blood like water And wash my soul away Oh hanging off my shoulder Was something I did not recognize The corpsmen stormin the ship were shielding their eyes It’s okay, it’s just my strumming hand The other one does all the work If I couldn’t play No Alibis or Ramblin Man Now that, yeah that would hurt It was a bad day but it’s okay They sewed me back together But it’ll never be the same Still, I don’t waste a moment On thinking who should take the blame I had Panama and Paris And Carolina on my side At least a dozen doctors tried, I know they tried It’s okay, it’s just my strumming hand The other one does all the work If I couldn’t play Cashmere or Preacher Man Now that, yeah that would hurt It was a bad day but it’s okay It’s just my strumming hand it’s just my strumming hand It’s okay, it’s just my strumming hand The other one does all the work If I couldn’t play Stand By Your Man Now that, yeah that would hurt It was a bad day, but it’s okay It’s just my strumming hand Yeah it’s just my strumming hand
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YOU CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN I don’t wanna live like this I just wanna have somebody Who adores me Is that too much to ask I don’t wanna live with all this fear Always looking over my shoulder All this time on my hands Now that my kids are older I wanna say that I’m strong Though I’m not right now I wanna say I’ll get through this Though I really don’t know how But I’m a strong, strong woman And I know I’m gonna be alright You know why? I’m Sandi with an I I signed on at 17 Was a combat Veteran I was airborne air assault And master parachutist I retired from the army After serving 20 years As a signal first sergeant Not bad for a career I wanna say that I’m strong Though I’m not right now I wanna say I’ll get through this Though I really don’t know how But I’m a strong, strong woman And I know I’m gonna be alright You know why? I’m Sandi with an I I’m Sandi with an I I wanna tell that MST Just try to get in my space And I’ll slam the door of my past Right in your face ‘Cause the good news is You can’t break me down this time You know why? I’m Sandi with an I Sandi with an I Improving Independent Inspiring Sandi with an I
9.
STILL ON THE RIDE Looking back now who the hell knows Where the soul of a dead soldier goes Guardian angels, maybe they’re true My guardian angel, maybe it’s you I shouldn’t be here you shouldn’t be gone But it’s not up to me who dies and who carries on I sit in my room I close my eyes Me and my guardian angel we’re still on the ride Got holes in my eardrums bruises and clots Double vision, my stomach is always in knots Pain in my fingers I hurt from head to my toes I wake up feeling like I’m 90 years old I shouldn’t be here you shouldn’t be gone But it’s not up to me who dies and who carries on I sit in my room I close my eyes Me and my guardian angel, we’re still on the ride You were my brother you were more than a friend You were family to me right up to the end And you’re still with me now, I feel you, I know You’re pushing me forward and you’ll never let go I shouldn’t be here you shouldn’t be gone But it’s not up to me who dies and who carries on I sit in my room I close my eyes Me and my guardian angel, we’re still on the ride
10.
Something Ain’t Right Something ain’t right when a kid’s 19 And he can’t sleep at night ‘cause of things He’s seen that day Something ain’t right when you wanna leave your bed And a blast of cocaine and some Walker Red’s The only way When chaos is your comfort zone When you’re in a crowd but you’re all alone And you always need an exit sign in sight Something ain’t right Something ain’t right Something ain’t right when to feel alive You need to strap on your gear and take a long fast ride Down the highway Something ain’t right when what you’ve been through Makes simple words like “I love you” So hard to say When “I’m Ok” is just a lie You’re telling friends that are stopping by And you’re slow to talk but so damn Quick to fight Well, something ain’t right Something ain’t right Please be patient with me Kindness is all I need When a boy comes home A different man It’s okay if you don’t understand Just remember when he’s pacing The floor at night Something ain’t right Something ain’t right No something ain’t right
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WAITING ON THE BOOM You do it all alone Minutes feel like hours Time keeps dragging on The game of chess with death You’re trying to save lives Trying to get everybody home when the day is through Waiting on the Boom So watch your step, might be your last It’s all on you, don’t lose your ass Pop smoke, head on out Be good at what you do Saddle up boy You’re waiting on the Boom They think I’m superman Whenever I show up But deep down in my heart Don’t want to fuck this up Post blast is always hell It wakes you up at night Wading through what’s left of my brothers in arms Waiting on the Boom Chorus Laying in my hooch I thought of home and thought of you But on the job it’s the next five minutes Then the next five after that, the next five after that
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THE WAR AFTER THE WAR Beth Nielsen Chapman / Mary Gauthier / Christina Coyle / Robin Kaufmann / April Rodriguez / Ximena Rozo / Rebecca Sakaki / Ashleigh Smith Who’s gonna care for the ones who care for the ones who went to war Landmines in the living room eggshells on the floor I lost myself in the shadow of your honor and your pain You stare out the window as our dreams go down the drain Invisible the war after the war I get no basic training I get no purple heart I’m supposed to carry on I can’t fall apart People look at you and thank you for the sacrifice you made They look at me and smile and say I’m lucky you’re ok Invisible the war after the war I’m a soldier too just like you Serving something bigger than myself I serve unseen caught in between my pain and the pain of someone else I’m stronger than you think I am I’m right here by your side I am not your enemy I don’t want to fight There’s no going back in time I know you’re not the same But you are not the only one for whom the world has changed Invisible the war after the war

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