SW​:​S Retreat - April 2016

by SongwritingWith:Soldiers

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    Our retreats pair professional songwriters with veterans, military families and couples, and active-duty service members to write songs about their military experiences and returning home. James Custodio and Sarah Anderson, Walt Fasci and Jessica Herring, Caleb Johnson and Morgan Ward, Michael and Monika King, James and Julie Monk, Lauri and Elzie Sisney, Edwin and Sylvia Treminio participated in the April 2016 retreat. These songs are their stories.

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released May 23, 2016

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Founded by Austin, Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith, SongwritingWith:Soldiers is a non-profit 501c (3) organization. Our mission is to assist in the emotional healing process of both active duty U.S. soldiers and veterans through collaborative songwriting. ... more

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Track Name: Don't Get Heavy
DON’T GET HEAVY
James Custodio / Sarah Anderson / Gary Nicholson

Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

Let’s just have a little fun tonight
Take it easy, keep it light
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

I’ve had enough of anxiety
Wondering how it’s all gonna be
Don’t know what it’s all about
Still figuring a lot of things out
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

There’s a future so far from us
That’s a little too soon to trust
We gotta let it go, let it be
Maybe that’s all we really need
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

I’m not ready for stability
Don’t mind the uncertainty
Not sure where we go from here
But is it ever gonna be that clear
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

Sometimes there’s no good answer
You just got to take your chances
Or get caught up in the same old rut
Feeling trapped, feeling stuck
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

So let’s just try to live today
Is there really any better way
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me
Don’t get heavy
Don’t get heavy with me

© 2016 Gary Nicholson Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Waltzing With The War
WALTZING WITH THE WAR
Sylvia Treminio / Jessica Herring / Monika King / Morgan Ward / Mary Gauthier / Amy Speace

He doesn’t want to hurt me, he doesn’t want to talk
He’d rather put his jacket on, and go out for a walk
He leaves the room in anger, and I know not to ask
I’ll dance with a stranger in the silent aftermath

Waltzing with the war
Waltzing with the war

Sleeps with both eyes open, and I don’t know what he sees
Nightmares from the combat zone, haunted memories
I walk around on eggshells, the mother and the wife
He’s a good man and I love him, I’m in this dance for life

Waltzing with the war
Waltzing with the war

He takes my hand and pulls me close, the music starts as lovers take the floor

Waltzing with the war
Waltzing with the war

He’s a good man and I love him, I’m in this dance for life

© 2016 Mary Gauthier Songs / Amy Speace Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Deep In The Fire
DEEP IN THE FIRE
Edwin Treminio / Sylvia Treminio / Jay Clementi

Redcon 1 again
We had to shoot our way in
Like a reckless wind
Lost some real good men, some real good friends
Deep in the fire

Bottle of Jack a day
Helps keep the demons away
That’s what I used to say
And it was hell to pay
Deep in the fire

Love gives you the courage no doubt
Love is what this crazy life is all about
You gotta go deep in the fire
To find a way, to find a way out

She gives her heart unconditional
She’s the missing piece that makes me whole
Gave me the greatest gift of all
Two little angels, I couldn’t help but fall
Deep in the fire

Love gives you the courage no doubt
Love is what this crazy life is all about
You gotta go deep in the fire
To find a way, to find a way out

Out of the pain the past the darkness the rain
The starkness of my soul was somehow filled again
By the grace of God above and the heat of your love
Deep in the fire
Deep in the fire

Love gives you the courage no doubt
Love is what this crazy life is all about
You gotta go deep in the fire
You gotta go deep in the fire
To find a way, to find a way out

© 2016 Sony ATV Cross Keys / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Quiet Time
QUIET TIME
Michael King / Monika King / Gary Nicholson

I lost Jesus in the desert
I saw the ways of this world
I looked for him a long time
But I’m not looking anymore
I read the Bible, I read the Koran
Even tried the Maharishi
Till I found the only thing
That’s ever really pleased me

I need some quiet time, some quiet time
Sit real still and breathe it in
Let it all go and dive within
To get in touch with this heart of mine
I need some quiet time, some quiet time

Some friends say they know me
They only know me through the struggle
Trying to be me for everyone else
Is what go me into trouble
I went to the meetings, tried to walk the walk
But when I stumbled it was just more talk
So I kept searching for what I had to do
Till I found a way to follow through

I need some quiet time, some quiet time
Sit real still and breathe it in
Let it all go and dive within
To get in touch with this heart of mine
I need some quiet time, some quiet time

Sit real still and breathe it in
Let it all go and dive within
To get in touch with this heart of mine
I need some quiet time, some quiet time
I need some quiet time

© 2016 Gary Nicholson Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Fifty Years
FIFTY YEARS
Lauri Sisney / Elzie Sisney / Mary Gauthier

Love comes and goes in this world
He’s my second, I’m his third
It took a little time to advance
When the stars aligned it brought romance

Older ain’t better, but it sure is nice
We don’t waste time on stupid fights
I love your laughter, I love your tears
Wanna hold your hand another fifty years

Hair turns grey, we don’t care
We don’t give a damn about hair
Lines on our face, things fall apart
Get softer everywhere especially in the heart

Older ain’t better, but it sure is nice
We don’t waste time on stupid fights
I love your laughter, I love your tears
Wanna hold your hand another fifty years

When time is gone and this life ends
And I say goodbye to my best friend
I’ll keep you with me in my heart
It was always easy, it was never hard

Older ain’t better, but it sure is nice
We don’t waste time on stupid fights
I love your laughter, I love your tears
Wanna hold your hand another fifty years

© 2016 Mary Gauthier Songs / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: I Want To Be Your Lover
I WANT TO BE YOUR LOVER
Michael King / Monika King / Gary Nicholson

Don’t want to be a problem
You need to figure out
Don’t want to be the question
Of what I’m all about
Don’t want to be the weight
You got to carry
Don’t want to be all single and solitary
Don’t want to be the future
That you have to discover
I want to be your lover
Want to be your lover

Tonight I want to let it all go
Try to remember what we already know
Tonight I want to give up the fight
Rest in your loving arms until the morning light
Want to be your lover

Don’t want to be a puzzle
That puts you to the test
Don’t want to be the mystery
That never lets you rest
Don’t want to be the memory
That won’t leave you alone
Don’t want to be your stumbling block
Or your stepping stone
Don’t want to be the future
That you have to discover
I want to be your lover

Tonight I want to let it all go
Try to remember what we already know
Tonight I want to give up the fight
Rest in your loving arms until the morning light
Want to be your lover, be your lover

© 2016 Gary Nicholson Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Silent Drill Team
SILENT DRILL TEAM
Walt Fasci / Jessica Herring / Mary Gauthier

You had to be there, I can’t explain
There are no words for this kind of pain
I tell you stories but I don’t feel
Like documents I can’t make em real

I don’t sleep and I don’t dream
I walk around at night and I wanna scream
My brain’s on fire as you sleep
I was a throw out on the silent drill team

A dark room awake, my mind spins round
It wears me out, it tears us down
I wanna cut the circuits in my brain
That keeps me up and cause you pain

I don’t sleep and I don’t dream
I walk around at night, I wanna scream
My brain’s on fire as you sleep
I was a throw out on the silent drill team

Time stands still, frozen memory
A wordless wall between you and me
I push it away and I recede
And I’m not there when you reach for me

I can’t sleep, I don’t dream
I walk around at night and I wanna scream
My brain’s on fire as you sleep
I was a throw out on the silent drill team

I don’t sleep and I don’t dream
I walk around at night, I wanna scream
My brain’s on fire as you sleep
I was a throw out on the silent drill team
Track Name: Where We Come From
WHERE WE COME FROM
Morgan Ward / Caleb Johnson / Mary Gauthier / Amy Speace

Where she comes from, you can still stand
In miles of green, tobacco land
Her people farmed this soil for years
Kept to themselves, cried secret tears

Where he comes from, there were no trees
Miles of sand, nothing green
Behind his eyes, out of his skin
Forgot who he was, forgot who he’d been

We belong together, we just fit
It don’t make sense but this is it
Hand tied the knot so we won’t run
That’s how it’s done where we come from

Where he comes from, the darkness swells
It’s an awful thing, it’s a living hell
Where she comes from, she knows the rain
The sun goes down, comes out again

We belong together, we just fit
It don’t make sense but this it
Hand tied the knot so we won’t run
That’s how it’s done where we come from

Where she comes from, she’s in control
She always thought she’d be alone
And he comes from a lullaby
Where children sleep and children cry

We belong together, we just fit
It don’t make sense but this it
Hand tied the knot so we won’t run
That’s how it’s done where we come from

© 2016 Mary Gauthier Songs / Amy Speace Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: A New Road
A NEW ROAD
James Custodio / Walter Fasci / Caleb Johnson / Michael King / Matt Long / James Monk / Edwin Treminio / Jay Clementi / Gary Nicholson

It’s a new road now
We’ve got to travel together
But it’s the same old storms of life
We’ve got to weather
It’s not all about me
It’s all about us
All about the love
We’ve got to trust
We’ll find our way somehow
But it’s a new road now

We might have to fake it
Till we can make it
You can’t show your hand
Till someone understands
It’s gonna take some time
To get the healing done
It means the world to me
To know I’ve got someone

It’s a new road now
We’ve got to travel together
But it’s the same old storms of life
We’ve got to weather
It’s not all about me
It’s all about us
All about the love
We’ve got to trust
We’ll find our way somehow
But it’s a new road now

Even when I’m home I’m still gone
Even when we’re with each other
We’re still alone
It’s not about where we go
It’s about how we get there
If we don’t have each other
We’re getting nowhere

It’s a new road now
We’ve got to travel together
But it’s the same old storms of life
We’ve got to weather
It’s not all about me
It’s all about us
All about the love
We’ve got to trust
We’ll find our way somehow
But it’s a new road now

© 2016 Sony ATV Cross Keys / Gary Nicholson Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Long Haul
LONG HAUL
James Monk / Julie Monk / Jay Clementi / Amy Speace

There’s a constant burning in my soul
Sometimes my emotions they explode
You catch the heat
Just cause you’re standing there

I can get stubborn and proud
A little indifferent or a little loud
But I’m not going nowhere

We’re in it for the long haul
Slow dancing till the very last call
Ain’t no fairy tale no pixie dust, just you and me and God when it gets tough
It’s a three-way deal
It’s how we’ve always kept it real
Our kinda love baby it won’t rust
It’s built on faith, built on trust
We know when our back’s against the wall
We’re in it for the long haul

I try to be your light in the dark
Just want to protect your heart
I don’t ever want you to doubt me

You’re my first and only love
When I met you baby I was done
You know everything about me

We’re in it for the long haul
Slow dancing till the very last call
Ain’t no fairy tale no pixie dust, just you and me and God when it gets tough
It’s a three-way deal
It’s how we’ve always kept it real
Our kinda love baby it won’t rust
It’s built on faith, built on trust
We know when our back’s against the wall
We’re in it for the long haul

The only thing I know the future holds is you
Baby it’s you

We’re in it for the long haul
Slow dancing till the very last call
Ain’t no fairy tale no pixie dust, just you and me and God when it gets tough
It’s a three-way deal
It’s how we’ve always kept it real
Our kinda love baby it won’t rust
It’s built on faith, built on trust
We know when our back’s against the wall
We’re in it for the long haul

© 2016 Sony ATV Cross Keys / Amy Speace Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)