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.

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released February 20, 2015

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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: Glue
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
Track Name: I Won't Let You Down
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
Track Name: It's Her Love
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
Track Name: Love Is Home
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
Track Name: Mountain Of Love
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
Track Name: No Regrets
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
Track Name: Stronger Together
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
Track Name: The Long Walk Home
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
Track Name: The One They Call
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
Track Name: Waiting On The Boom
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