SW​:​S Retreat April 2017

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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. Debbi Chapman, Eddie and Desiree' Garwick, Mongo and Deanna Klabenes, Stephen and Hannah Ohge, Kevin and Brandi Renuart, Jacqueline and Katie Risley, Paul and Donella Spencer participated in the October 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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1.
I don’t need much Just a little touch To know you’ll always be, the one and only one for me I can finally drop my guard And show you my broken heart I know you wanna save the world But could you save a little for me girl I remember you and me I remember how we used to be Why we gotta be so strong Feels like it’s been so long I know you wanna save the world But could you save a little for me girl Cause the thing I’m most afraid That will take you away Well it’s the day to day And the things we forget to say Cause all going by so fast And I want us to last I know you wanna save the world But could you save a little for me girl Cause I miss you and me I remember how we used to be Feels like it’s been so long Feels like we’ve been so strong I know you wanna save the world But could you save a little for me girl
2.
I got a servant heart I want do my part For those in need That’s why God gave me A servant heart My man is broken beyond belief But from the first day I could see That absolute goodness deep within So I believe for him You see I got a servant heart I want do my part In his time of need Because God gave me A servant heart When he was deployed when he came home A married single mother I was alone But for my family I do what’s right There’s lots of ways to fight I got a servant heart I want do my part In their time of need Because God gave me A servant heart I give and I give and everyday I do my best When I get tired and all I want to do is lay down to rest I find the power to rise above All around me is unconditional love I got a servant heart That’s how I do my part And it brings me peace To know that God gave me That servant heart That’s how i do my part And it brings me peace To know that God gave me A servant heart (x3)
3.
OVERCOME 03:31
We started with a weak foundation Missed calls and tribulations We fell in love and we married young A month later he was gone, a year sure can take so long We didn’t know we’d have to overcome Overcome overcome There’s nothing so bad love can’t overcome Overcome overcome Long as we have each other we will overcome Night terrors sleep walking Flashbacks avoiding talking He was cocked and loaded like a gun We were trapped in a revolving door We could not escape the war We didn’t know we’d have to overcome Overcome overcome There’s nothing so bad love can’t overcome Overcome overcome Long as we have each other we will overcome Committed to the life we share, Even when we can’t be there Far away but never truly gone We spend so much time apart Like strangers who share a heart We know we have to overcome Overcome overcome There’s nothing so bad that love can’t overcome Overcome overcome As long as we have each other we will overcome As long as we have each other we will overcome
4.
BOTTLED UP 03:54
I got these triggers down inside of me Trying to disarm trying to get free Until I’m good to go, until I’m in the clear I need you by my side, patient with my fear When I get bottled up I get all shut down Cause if the levee breaks I might come unwound I got a mind on fire And a soul that goes black I might say some things That I can’t take back And the truth is I love you so much That is why I keep it bottled up, I get bottled up Trying to keep you safe to not put you through my hell My mind can’t find the words, the stories I can’t tell I get bottled up I just shut down Cause if the levee breaks I might come unwound Got a mind on fire A soul that goes black I might say some things I just can’t take back When the truth is I love you so much That is why sometimes I get bottled up, bottled up I keep it bottled up, for you, bottled up With you by my side I will survive You make me a better man, try to understand When I get bottled up And I’m all shut down If the levee breaks Well I just might come unwound I got a mind on fire And a soul that goes black I don’t want to say things That I can’t take back When the truth is I love you so much Even when I’m bottled up… I get bottled up Keep it all bottled up for you Bottled up
5.
All of our lives Are in each others’ hands It’s simple but not easy Despite our best laid plans It’s shitty it’s not pretty But you’ve got to understand That all of our lives Are in each others’ hands I love you for a reason You’re beautiful and strong Your sense of independence Your sense of right and wrong I’m with you because I trust you To do everything you can Because all of our lives Are in each others’ hands I don’t want to tell you how to feel There’s no need for persuasion Cause we both know when it’s real As long as we’re together Then our love will survive Cause this is just a moment And we’ve got all our lives All of our lives Are in each others’ hands. . . In each others’ hands We’ll never be alone In each others’ hands We’ll always be at home The future is uncertain But there’s one thing crystal clear That we’re family over there And were family over here All of our lives Are in each others’ hands. . .
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I don’t want to fight no more I just want to go to we were before There’s always been this love but there’s always been this war That I don’t want to fight no more The first time that I took a life A story that I never even told my wife Three little boys and they come to me at night I don’t want to fight , I don’t want to fight Nobody told me about the pain I thought it was gonna be just a video game Be careful what you’re wishing for I don’t want to fight no more Come and hold this blood stained hands Listen to my stories and try to understand I just want to know that it’s gonna be alright I don’t want to fight I don’t want to fight no more I don’t want to fight I don’t want to fight no more
7.
IN BETWEEN 03:31
I can’t remember where I’ve been I can’t remember the name of some of my old friends There’s holes in my thoughts And spaces in my dreams Now I’m trapped here, in between I used to be able to listen to taps at dusk I used to be the one young guys trust I did the right thing 29 years in the Marines Now I trapped here, in between In between where I’ve been and where I’m going In between the knowing and not knowing In between silence and a scream Now I’m trapped here, in between We married thirty-two years ago Raised two kids, now our grandkids are almost grown We somehow lost track, of our hopes and dreams We’re trapped here, in between In between where we’ve been and where we’re going In between the knowing and not knowing In between silence and a scream We’re trapped here, in between
8.
I just want to be that man behind the curtain I don’t want to let you see inside of my mind I don’t know much but I’m convinced the curtain Is the one thing I must always stand behind I’ve always been that man behind the curtain And I wish I could make these memories go away Waking up gasping for breath at night, hurting It’s the same old dream I dream it every day I got stories I can never tell I been to the hill overlooking hell And I looked down then I turned around I need to know you’re by my side Cause with you and God I’ll be alright I’m certain I need you to love the man behind the curtain I’ll always be that man behind the curtain It keeping me safe and it keeping you safe too We’re both better off living with the curtain It keeps the dark away and let’s the sun shine through I got stories I can never tell I been to the hill overlooking hell I turned around, yes I turned around And even though your by my side Cause with you and God I’ll be alright Im certain I need you to love the man behind the curtain (x4)
9.
Waiting all week for a 10-minute call A life on hold ain’t no life at all Running through the small nothings of my life To tell you about my day in your night But your silent on the line, and words can’t show me I’m not made for this, baby you know me Baby you’re shut down And I’m shut out Shut down Shut out You got no idea what I’m talking about How could you baby when you’re a world away Shut down shut down out And you got no idea what you can live without Until you find yourself here one day The last thing on my mind is giving her a call My brothers, my mission, right now that’s all I need to stay focused, keep my mind clear Cause if I’m there, I can’t be here Can’t fill the silence, can’t tell you about my day Can only hope you’ll be fine and we’ll be ok Baby I’m shut down And your Shut out Shut down Shut out You got no idea what I’m talking about How could you baby when you’re a world away Shut down shut down out And you got no idea what you can live without Until you find your self here one day There’s nothing you can say to make things better There’s nothing I can do to keep it together Pretend to be brave Keep wearing these masks, as we count down the days So much of our lives Lived on our own Together in this house, but still all alone It’s gonna take awhile For us to come home It’s going to take a while, for us to come home
10.
We are the women beside them We are EOD wives We are each other’s keepers Soul sisters for life We’re there for each other’s children We’re there in the middle of the night Holidays, birthdays and potlucks Soul sisters for life Soul sisters forever Soul sisters by my side We lean on each other’s shoulder Soul sisters for life We know each other’s struggle We know each other’s pain We suffer the same kind of lonely We don’t have to explain Soul sisters forever Sisters by my side We lean on each other’s shoulder Soul sisters for life Soul sisters forever Soul sisters by my side We lean on each other’s shoulder Soul sisters for life Soul sisters for life
11.
WE’RE OK 04:11
I know I’ll never come first, it hurts But I can’t come last I know I’ve got to wait for my turn And I’ve learned, and yes I’ve learned I’ve learned how to do it all on my own I’ve learned to make any house a home But when your come home, I want to be heard, I want to be seen I don’t want to live in this in between I want to know your thoughts I want to know your dreams Baby ‘cause right now it seems, That I keep losing you to the past And it’s going by so fast Going by so fast And I’m tired of just counting days Counting days We’re not perfect baby But we’re okay Oh yeah but something’s gotta give If we’re gonna have a chance to live Show me I’m still your dream ‘Cause right now it seems, Oh it seems… That I’m just chasing a ghost And I need a little hope, just a little hope Someday is today Yes it’s today We’re not perfect baby But we’re okay
12.
You’ve been in my heart Though we’ve been apart It’s hard to explain Out there not the same It feels empty It gets lonely It’s good to be back with my family again I’ve done the lonely walk It’s a different kind of talk Wine whisky beer Eases up my fear Need something new Get back to my roots And it’s good to be back with my family again I said it’s good to be back with my family again I don’t know your name We’ve shared the same pain We want the chance to heal I want a chance to feel Wanna stop those demons From screaming And it’s good to be back with my family again It sure is good to be back with my family again I said it’s good to be back with my family again...

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released May 5, 2017

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