SW​:​S Retreat - December 2014

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    Our retreats pair professional songwriters with veterans and active-duty service members to write songs about their experiences of combat and returning home. Gina and Jack Canaday, Deborah and Matthew Chapman, Amanda and Beau Chastain, Sarah and James Dooley, Rebekah and Jeremiah Gorsuch, and Sissy and Brandon Moore participated in the December 2014 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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Glue 02:52
GLUE Jack and Gina Canaday / Darden Smith We married for the money Seven days in I guess we got lucky Look how long it’s been She loves me Even though I got a double chin 19 years and counting And we’re still best friends You got me I got you Love is a choice We love to choose I don’t know much But this much is true Love is the glue Love is the glue I love you so I’m sticking like glue Our life is a party That never ends When the fireworks start That’s when the fun begins No matter what happens We make each other laugh And if you don’t like it you Can kiss my whole ass (And there’s a lot there) You got me I got you Love is a choice We love to choose I don’t know much But this much is true Love is the glue Love is the glue I love you so I’m sticking like glue Fight fight fight everyday’s a fight We’ve been running through the dark trying to find the light Heaven or hell, we don’t know But we’re sticking with each other No matter where we go You got me I got you Love is a choice We love to choose I don’t know much But this much is true Love is the glue Love is the glue I love you so I’m sticking like glue
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I WON'T LET YOU DOWN Brandon and Sissy Moore / Ashley Cleveland / Darden Smith Benji was the brother I never had My partner through the good times and the bad I counted on him he counted on me That’s the way it is when you’re EOD And I’d say Benji I won’t let you down I don’t ever want to hear that sound Benji, I won’t let you down Our jobs was to take those bombs apart It takes a whole lot of patience, a lot of heart We knew every call could be our last With panic all around we had to move fast I’d look at him and say Benji I won’t let you down Today’s not the day to hear that sound Benji, I won’t let you down Fifty feet feels like a million miles away I ask myself everyday Debris stopped flying and the dust cloud cleared If I’d done something different would you still be here Benji, I miss you man I don’t let you down Cause I carry your memory around Benji I won’t let you down I won’t let you down I’m carrying your memory around Benji, I won’t let you down
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IT’S HER LOVE James and Sarah Dooley / Mary Gauthier When the darkness draws near When I’m bound and chained to my fear When my demons howl and moan She wakes me up and reminds me I’m home It’s her love it’s her love It’s her love it’s her love When blood pours down like rain And I am drowning in the pain When I go numb when I can’t feel She pulls me back to into what’s real It’s her love it’s her love It’s her love it’s her love When I’m broken and I push her away She always fights back she’s with me to stay When the bodies are all I can see She’s my beautiful anchor to reality It’s her love it’s her love It’s her love it’s her love She pulls me back she saves my life She is my reason my angel my wife It’s her love it’s her love It’s her love it’s her love
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Love Is Home 03:46
LOVE IS HOME Jeremiah and Rebekah Gorsuch / Mary Gauthier Our love is hard until we choose it Our love is heavy till we let go Our love has turned two hearts of lead Into a single heart of gold We are soldiers in a struggle When we wander this world alone When we surrender to each other Love is our haven love is home Our love’s alive, yes we have bruised it But our love heals its own broken bones We look to the sky for forgiveness We don’t have to love alone We are soldiers in a struggle When we wander this world alone When we surrender to each other Love is our haven love is home Twenty years, we’ve been together When we’re apart we don’t feel whole We can survive without each other But we belong as one soul We are soldiers in a struggle When we wander this world alone When we surrender to each other Love is our haven love is home
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MOUNTAIN OF LOVE Ken Falke / Darden Smith Mountain of Love Mountain of Love Where everybody Is trying to rise above The world full of selfish The world of war and hate We all need to come together Before it’s too late On the Mountain of Love On the Mountain of Love I was taught to live my life Helping others every day Help my family, my band of brothers Take their pain away When we serve something bigger That’s when we see The people we serve Are actually serving you and me Mountain of Love Mountain of Love Where everybody Is trying to rise above The world full of selfish The world of war and hate We all need to come together Before it’s too late On the Mountain of Love On the Mountain of Love You can’t buy happiness You can’t buy that peace of mind It’s all about heart all about soul And the way that we spend our time Words only go so far If people don’t want to hear So let’s talk the talk and walk the walk Let the message ring loud and clear, from… Mountain of Love Mountain of Love Where everybody Is trying to rise above The world full of selfish The world of war and hate We all need to come together Before it’s too late On the Mountain of Love On the Mountain of Love
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No Regrets 03:33
NO REGRETS Beau and Amanda Chastain / Darden Smith Amanda says, I’ve got a strong faith in God Everything happens for a reason Even when I saw you leaving Not knowing if you’re gonna come home I kept believing Counting on my sisters So even when I missed you I was not alone No regrets I wouldn’t change a thing And I’m thankful for what I’ve seen Cause I’m stronger now I can handle now Whatever life might bring Was it hard, you bet But no regrets Beau says, yeah, I had my faith But I counted on my brothers When there was no other Thing that I could trust Even now When the memory of it bleeds through It’s times like that I need you To bring me home No regrets I might change a couple things And still I’m thankful for what I’ve seen Cause I’m stronger now I can handle now Whatever life might bring Is it hard, you bet But no regrets We might struggle But we’re right where we’re supposed to be If we have each other We have all that we really need So let’s be grateful Let’s don’t sweat the small things We don’t know what it all means It’s all part of God’s plan No regrets We can’t change these things It’s out of our hands what we had to see But we’re stronger now We can handle now Whatever life might bring Is it hard, sometimes, you bet But no regrets We’re stronger now Whatever happens now I still want you here with me Will it be hard, sometimes, you bet But no regrets
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STRONGER TOGETHER Rebekah Gorsuch / Gina Canaday / Amanda Chastain / Debbi Chapman / Sarah Dooley / Sissy Moore / Ashley Cleveland / Mary Gauthier They say no man’s left behind but that ain’t true They hate it that they need us but they do They lose their fingers lose their limbs We try to put [love back] them together again They say no mans left behind but that ain’t true They’re hurt in paces that the eye can’t see I miss the man my husband used to be The military breaks their hearts We’re there when they fall apart They’re hurt in paces that the eye can’t see Stronger together Sisters forever EOD wives don’t sit by the phone No news is good news back at home Their mission ready at their best We take care of all the rest EOD wives don’t sit by the phone Stronger together Sisters forever Stronger together Sisters forever We focus on the good that’s all we’ve got It don’t look like much but we both know it’s a lot Every time we say goodbye could be last time we see him alive We focus on the good that’s all we’ve got Stronger together Sisters forever Stronger together Sisters forever
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THE LONG WALK ALONE Brandon and Sissy Moore / Ashley Cleveland We met at a bar, I was looking for women Somebody to last for the night I saw it on your face Like a “fuck you” on your forehead You said you were a failure at life But something about you felt kind of familiar Different from any girl I’d known I said this is a battle you’re not gonna win You won’t make the long walk alone So we lean on each other through the good and the bad Through the fighting away and at home Step by step we take ‘em together After the long walk alone The day I was injured, I didn’t believe it I said this can’t be happening to me But my body was broken and my mind was too I shut the door and I lost the key But you wouldn’t take no for an answer Cause I taught you how to stand up on your own You said this is a battle you’re not gonna win You won’t make the long walk alone So we lean on each other through the good and the bad Through the fighting away and at home Step by step we take ‘em together After the long walk alone Day by day time is the healer after the long walk home
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THE ONE THEY CALL Debbi and Matthew Chapman / Radney Foster Nothing about this really looks right on paper Nothing about us looks like anyone else I know you asked me twice before and I said no Baby that was only… cause I was so scared Meet me at the courthouse You don’t have to wear a suit Cause this world’s gone so crazy And all I want is you I know when you get on that plane My heart’s gonna go insane Cause, baby wherever you’re going you risk it all And if anything happens I want to be the one they call I don’t care what the rest of this world thinks Day in day out I need you by my side I made sure I’ve got tomorrow off from work I’ll hold on forever …if you want to take the ride Meet me at the courthouse You don’t have to wear a suit Cause this world’s gone so crazy And all I want is you I know when you get on that plane My heart’s gonna go insane Cause, baby wherever you’re going you risk it all And if anything happens I want to be the one they call Meet me at the courthouse You don’t have to wear a suit Cause this world’s gone so crazy And all I want is you I know when you get on that plane My heart’s gonna go insane Cause, baby wherever you’re going you risk it all And if anything happens I want to be the one they call
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WAITING ON THE BOOM Jack Canaday / Beau Chastain / Matthew Chapman / James Dooley / Jeremiah Gorsuch / Brandon Moore/ Radney Foster I hated the walk 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 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 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, and the next five after that 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

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released February 20, 2015

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