SW​:​S Retreat - April 2016

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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 and are recorded on site at retreats. They capture a song just hours after being written, like the song taking its first breath.
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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)
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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)
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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)
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Quiet Time 03:58
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 Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP)
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Fifty Years 03:26
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)
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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 Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP)
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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
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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)
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A New Road 04:15
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 Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP) © 2016 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
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Long Haul 03:29
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)

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released May 23, 2016

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