SW​​:​​S Retreat August AZ 2018

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.
    The following veterans and spouses participated in the August 2018 BCR AZ retreat: Tanos Chavez, Angie Chavez, Tom Gonzalez, Eva Gonzalez, Charlie Hodge, Ashley Hodge, Brian Oberley, Kaitlyn Oberley, Buck Rogers, Wendy Rogers, Chris Simpson, Sarah Simpson
    These songs are their stories from this retreat.
    These are songs 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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BETTER TOGETHER Chris Simpson / Sarah Simpson / Maia Sharp Sometimes I’m a bomb ready to go off You know how to diffuse Baby, there are days I wouldn’t want to walk A mile in your shoes But I try to I try to And you’d lose your head if it wasn’t hooked on But I know how to find it When you’ve had one too many O’Connor’s I don’t really mind it It doesn’t change what’s true It couldn’t change what’s true Like a song on the radio, needs a dial to tune it in Like an anchor needs a chain, a grenade needs a pin A lock and a key, a bird and a tree, as sure as these things are forever We’re better together, we’re better together You calling from the other side of the world Lonesome Standard Time There’s selfless sacrifice on both ends of the line I love you I love you Like a song on the radio, needs a dial to tune it in Like an anchor needs a chain, a grenade needs a pin A lock and a key, a bird and a tree, as sure as these things are forever We’re better together, we’re better together Like a song on the radio, needs a dial to tune it in Like an anchor needs a chain, a grenade needs a pin A lock and a key, a bird and a tree, baby, always and forever We’re better together, we’re better together Oh we’re better together © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
2.
Fly 03:26
FLY Tanos Chavez / Angie Chavez / Darden Smith You’re looking at a man whose an empty shell I went running and gunning to the bottom of hell and back All muscle and bone no time for a heart That shell kept me safe but now it’s starting to crack No connection, connection, connection No direction, direction, direction I want fly free Would you fly with me Yeah when I was kid I had a dream It was get out of town go out and see the world Well I saw it alright, but it was dark as night Caused a whole lot of pain, broke something inside of me girl Now I’m falling, falling, falling Can’t you hear me calling, calling, calling I want to fly free Would you fly with me Yeah I want to fly free Out beyond the pain Out beyond the lonely Out into the new Where it’s just you and me only I want fly free Would you fly with me Oh I want to fly free Would you fly with me © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music / Darden Smith Music (ASCAP)
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Grateful 03:42
GRATEFUL Tanos Chavez / Angie Chavez / Tom Gonzalez / Eva Gonzalez / Charlie Hodge / Ashley Hodge // Brian Oberley / Kaitlyn Oberley / Buck Rogers / Wendy Rogers / Chris Simpson / Sarah Simpson / Darden Smith / James House / Maia Sharp Too many rocks in the rucksack Too many calls on the line Finally realized that burden Didn’t have to be all mine It’s okay to look back just don’t stare It took a lot of long walks to get me here Grateful that I made it home Grateful that I am not alone Grateful I’m not sinking like a stone Grateful to hear you breathing next to me Grateful we have everything we need Grateful just to be Grateful, grateful We are all full of butterflies First kiss all over again Don’t know whether to laugh or cry Cause I miss my best friend It’s okay to be nervous, a little awkward and shy It all goes away when I look you in the eye Grateful that I made it home Grateful that I am not alone Grateful I’m not sinking like a stone Grateful to hear you breathing next to me Grateful we have everything we need Grateful just to be Grateful, grateful I get tunnel vision When I finally see your face Through all the commotion I feel amazing grace Grateful that you made it home Grateful that I am not alone Grateful that I’m not sinking like a stone Grateful to hear you breathing next to me Grateful we have everything we need Grateful just to be Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful Grateful, I can fall back into place Grateful, I can finally feel safe Grateful, grateful © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Darden Smith Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
4.
HELL OF A HONEYMOON Tom Gonzalez / Eva Gonzalez / Maia Sharp Married at the courthouse in New Mexico Then straight to Kansas then San Antonio Afghanistan to Saudi to Colorado Sometimes in the middle of the night He’d just be gone And every time he came back like a stranger walking in They’d get to know each other and he’s leaving again The next time she saw him he would not be who he’d been But she’d make it alright And soldier on On 30 minute notice, no time to themselves She felt like a mistress waiting on the shelf When you take off the armor 24 years later You pray you still love what you see When you wash away the danger, the lonely and the anger Welcome to the rediscovery Does it end or do the bride and groom Finally get that honeymoon All the other titles they wore around for years The soldier, the teacher, the mandatory volunteer Now the husband and the wife is the only call they hear It’s like the desert after a rain And the drought was not in vain When you take off the armor 24 years later You pray you still love what you see When you wash away the danger, the lonely and the anger Welcome to the rediscovery Does it end or do the bride and groom Finally get that honeymoon Paris, Madrid, Rome, Antigua, London, Hawaii, Cancun It’s a hell of a honeymoon It’s a hell of a honeymoon They went through hell for the honeymoon © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
5.
I LIKE MY JOB Tanos Chavez / Angie Chavez / Tom Gonzalez / Eva Gonzalez / Charlie Hodge / Ashley Hodge / Brian Oberley / Kaitlyn Oberley / Buck Rogers / Wendy Rogers / Chris Simpson / Sarah Simpson Darden Smith I’ve been working to hard I get no time off But that’s ok Because I like my job I’m beat, I’m tired Go home and work a little more But that’s ok Cause I like my job Get up in the morning have a cup of coffee Argue with the kids, Throw on some clothes walk out the door Hit that traffic walk in late Now the boss is mad It’s like ground hog day, I’ve been here before I’ve been working to hard I get no time off But that’s ok Because I like my job I’m beat, I’m tired Go home and work a little more But that’s ok Cause I like my job Call me crazy but I was made for this I like to figure stuff out Yeah Then make it go boom Adrenaline junky I live for the rush I love the people in my live And the brotherhood in this room I’ve been working to hard I get no time off But that’s ok Because I like my job I’m beat, I’m tired Go home and work a little more That’s ok Cause I like my job And tomorrow I’m gonna wake up and do it all over again I Don’t want to be on hold Don’t want to be on hold I’ve been working to hard I get no time off Yeah that’s ok Because I like my job I’m beat, I’m tired Go home and work a little more That’s ok Cause I like my job Yeah that’s ok Cause I like my job © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music / Darden Smith Music (ASCAP)
6.
Invincible 03:43
INVINCIBLE Charlie Hodge / Ashley Hodge / Darden Smith Invincible, Invincible I was Invincible, back then Have you ever been on top of the world Like some Superman Then to fall, to lose it all Than you know where I am I want to break out of this prison My self doubt and fear What I can’t see isn’t coming for me And there is no danger here Invincible, invincible I was invincible, back then Invincible, invincible I want to be invincible again I want to crawl out from under superstition That I’m living on borrowed time One through eight, It’s not too late To live life number nine Invincible, invincible I was invincible, back then Invincible, invincible I was invincible, I want to be invincible again I want to be invincible again, again Invincible again © 2018 Darden Smith Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
7.
One More 03:21
ONE MORE Brian Oberley / Kaitlyn Oberley / James House Baby you knew who I was when we first met That’s why you took so long to say yes But I knew you were the one for me It wasn’t long before I was deployed And I Found myself at war Torn between you and where I needed to be As I’m leaving She makes me promise She knows that I can’t keep As I’m walking out the door She knows there’s always be one more One more One more I asked her to marry me three times She finally said yes over a bottle of wine I swore I’d never break her heart Wasn’t too long before I had to leave Red, white and blue came calling for me That one tore us apart You know as I’m leaving She makes me promise She knows that I can’t keep As I’m walking out the door She knows there’s always be one more One more One more One more tear One more fear One more night that ’m not there One more moment One more day One more chance for you to walk away Oh yeah You know as I’m leaving She makes me promise She knows that I can’t keep As I’m walking out the door She knows there’s always be one more One more One more Yeah One more One more © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
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PICK’N UP THE PIECES Buck Rogers / Wendy Rogers / James House It started with a wink on date.com Falling in love didn’t take long Two hearts shattered, scattered and torn When I found you my soul was re-born Hand in hand, you and I Together we’re reaching for the sky Pick’n up the pieces hot and cold Say a little prayer every time we go Some are light and some weigh a ton Pick’n up the pieces one by one Widowed man single mom You had faith I had none Like a Jigsaw puzzle strewn about Came together now there’s no doubt Hand in hand you and I Together we’re reaching for the sky Pick’n up the pieces hot and cold Say a little prayer every time we go Some are light some weigh a ton Pick’n up the pieces one by one Hand in hand, you and I Together we’re reaching for the sky Pick’n up the pieces hot and cold Say a little prayer every time we go Some are light and some weigh a ton Pick’n up the pieces one by one Pick’n up the pieces hot and cold Say a little prayer every time we go Some are light and some weigh a ton Pick’n up the pieces one by one Pick’n up the pieces one by one Pick’n up the pieces one by one © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
9.
Strong 03:13
STRONG Tanos Chavez / Angie Chavez / Darden Smith I’ve been holding on far too long It’s time to let go now, time to move on There’s a good man down inside of me I’m more than just that ex-Marine I want to show you I want to show you Show you strong, show you life You deserve, man and wife Show you peace, the tender touch We both need so much If it takes a whole life long Strong I was so good at being tough over there But here in this house I’m so scared I was trained to be angry, trained to be hard I need your help learning how to let down my guard I want to know you I want to show you Show you strong show you kind Laughing talking peace of mind Show you who I really am I can be that better man Right all these wrongs Strong Strong Oh strong Strong I can carry the world on my shoulders But right now alI need Your compassion your forgiveness And to know your here with me To show me strong, lead the way Through the storm to better days When I’m down on my knees In your eyes I can see Right where I belong Make it last a whole life long Strong Strong You’re so strong I’m so strong We could be so strong © 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music / Darden Smith Music (ASCAP)

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released September 19, 2018

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