SW​:​S Retreat February 2020 Boulder Crest Virginia

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Blowing Stuff Up John and Tennille Collins / Gus and Loré Rayer / Ryan and Christina Birdsell / Dwayne and Sarah Pearce / Mark and Kellie Perry / Nick and Meghan Avila / Jay Clementi He runs into brothers and he talks about the war  And turns into a kid in a candy store  They go back to the old days, and their eyes light up  With fire and a passion they don’t wanna give it up  He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up  The smell of burning time fuse  It’s his favorite perfume  He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up That giant fire ball saying we just won  My baby loves blowing stuff up Now don’t get me wrong, I brag him up all day  He’s saved so many lives all along the way  His strength has given me the power to carry on  To fix the sink and door and our lives, while he’s gone He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up  The smell of burning time fuse  It’s his favorite perfume  He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up  The giant fire ball saying we just won  He loves blowing stuff up    My baby loves blowing stuff up He’s my, he’s my man But you got to, got to understand That's right — He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up  The smell of burning time fuse  It’s his favorite perfume  He loves blowing stuff up, he loves blowing stuff up  That giant fire ball saying we just won  He loves blowing stuff up    My baby loves blowing stuff up
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Good Company 03:30
That flag should be flowing  In the breeze not folded at my knees They bury another piece of me  Every time I hear that melody  Echoing and angels get their wings  It feels like I know half the names on that wall Can’t believe they're gone My heart can’t take that 21 going off The pain’s just too strong  Then a magnet pulling tears and chill bumps out of me All the beers and laughs and memories  Come rushing back so  Bittersweet it’s bittersweet   Knowing God's listening in good company  If you could feel a song If it was a living thing you could lay your hands upon It’s gotta be the one  Playing as the smoke rises from those guns  Echoing as angels get their wings It feels like I know half the names on this wall Can’t believe they're gone My heart can’t take that 21 going off The pain’s just too strong  Then a magnet pulling tears and chill bumps out of me All the beers and laughs and memories  Come rushing back so  Bittersweet, it’s bittersweet  Knowing God's listening in good company  Good company, good company, but honestly It feels like it’s a — Magnet pulling tears and chill bumps out of me All the beers and laughs and memories  Come rushing back so  Bittersweet, it’s bittersweet   Knowing God's listening in good company  © 2020 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / DOC Feb 8 2020
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Yesterday my biggest fear was keeping friends alive Today I’m dragging trash cans to the bottom of the drive It’s funny how your whole damn world can change with one plane ride Between the calm and the chaos There’s an everyday life where you’ll find us We learned pretty quick not to sweat the small stuff Cause we’ve had big problems before It’s gonna be an easy day, no doubt No matter how big the scape, it’ll buff out When the shit hits the fan, we all shout We either get it right or it’s not our problem anymore Yesterday I spent the day disposing roadside bombs Today I changed a light bulb, washed the car and mowed the lawn I start to look for trouble if it’s quiet for too long Between the calm and the chaos There’s an everyday life where you’ll find us We learned pretty quick not to sweat the small stuff Cause we’ve had big problems before It’s gonna be an easy day, no doubt No matter how big the scape, it’ll buff out When the shit hits the fan, we all shout We either get it right or it’s not our problem anymore We either get it right or it’s not our problem anymore I drop my pack…shed my skin Do my best to snap back in To the job that always waits for me To become the man I need to be
4.
This loss of memory Makes me so damn mad It’s robbed my confidence And a part of me I never will get back Sometime that hamster on the wheel It just checks out I was on the dean’s list once Now I don’t know what I’m talking about And some days are better than others But the one thing that I know will get me through Life can take it all away I can lose anything in this world But the one thing I cannot lose…is you Without you It all would fall apart You’re my tether in the storm The beating of my heart We’ve been to hell and back But we’re still here Once we started opening up And letting go of all the fear Turns out you and I are really good at this For better or for worse, we battle through Life can take it all away I can lose anything in this world But the one thing I cannot lose…is you Cause without you in my life I’d be a body with no soul A compass spinning out of control Life can take it all away I can lose anything in this world But the one thing I cannot lose…is you The one thing I cannot lose…is you
5.
Okay, Mrs. Sassy Pants Girl, don’t you start with me You think you’re all that and a bowl of grits Master Blaster EOD Sometimes I don’t hear you right And sometimes I say it wrong I’ve been known to put my foot in my mouth But we sure get along Life is what you make it You readjust as you go If there’s a rule we break it That’s how we roll We’re not those kids That we once were He’s not him And she’s not her But by being flexible and kind That’s how we find Our new normal If you want us there by one Tell us be there by 10 It takes us time All that poppin’ and lockin’ As the day sets in If you just can’t get it done Babe, I’ve got your back I can take the babies, Darlin’ If you need help with that Life is what you make it You readjust as you go If there’s a rule we break it That’s how we roll We’re not those kids That we once were He’s not him And she’s not her But by being flexible and kind That’s how we find Our new normal
6.
Wanna Dream 02:40
I was a wild child Kentucky bourbon kid War torn and complicated Burning through bridges and packs of cigarettes  Living for the moment not thinking 'bout regrets  But the moment that door swung wide open  She was standing there with those green eyes glowing  I knew everything in my world was gonna change  'Cuz something about that girl made Me want to dream And be a better me  Made me wanna dream They said that she was too good for me  Said boy how’d you land her honestly  I can’t explain it, love's crazy ain't it  It’s magic when it’s meant to be  'Cuz the moment that door swung wide open  She was standing there with those green eyes glowing  I knew everything in my world was gonna change 'Cuz there's something about that girl Made me want to dream And be a better me  She made me wanna dream Dream about buying some land Putting a ring on her hand  Making her understand She’s my everything  The moment that door swung wide open  She was standing there with them green eyes glowing  I knew everything in my world was gonna change  'Cuz something about that girl made Me want to dream Be a better me  She made me want to dream
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The kids are growing every dqy And the letters go out faithfully About family meals and soccer games And empty chairs where you should be The thing that makes the missing you feel better Is knowing that we’re in this thing together You always said “I GET to go…I don’t HAVE to” And I'd cry in the car…not in front of you And trust the love we have is gonna get us through You may not be here with me But you are where you’re supposed to be Married in May, left in June Didn’t see you again until December That’s how it’s been our whole life through It felt like more time apart than together In the distance, where a love can disappear The kids are grown and gone and we’re still here You always said “I GET to go…I don’t HAVE to” And I’d cry in the car…not in front of you And trust the love we have is gonna get us through You may not be here with me But you are where you’re supposed to be We're both where we’re supposed to be
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Just when you start to feel at home It’s time to pack up and go You get used to having him there awhile And then he’s right back on the road You gotta wear a million hats Just to make it through the day He’s the first to say go do your thing But you still feel guilty anyway Don’t get me wrong I really love this life It’s like an adventure Being an EOD Wife So while you’re gone I’ll put my cape on To help us all get through ‘Cause Babe I got a mission Impossible too I’m the husband and the wife I fix the toilet and the sink sometimes I kill scorpions and spiders too And there’s always laundry left to do Don’t get me wrong I really love this life It’s like an adventure Being an EOD Wife So while you’re gone I’ll put my cape on To help us all get through ‘Cause Babe I got a mission Impossible too And I’m not the only one We find each other in the most random places Without a word, it’s right there on our faces Don’t get me wrong I really love this life It’s like an adventure Being an EOD Wife So while you’re gone I’ll put my cape on To help us all through ‘Cause Babe I got a mission Babe, I got a mission Impossible too Impossible too © 2020 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Middle Girl Music (ASCAP)
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I know the silence makes you think the worst  But I can’t talk right now I know that's got to hurt Put your head on my chest listen to my heart   It'll tell you what I’m feeling right here in the dark Your dying to listen  I got so much to say  I just don’t know how right now, I hope that’s ok   Word by word we’ll find our way back to the light  We've got the rest of our lives  We don’t have to share it all tonight  Sometimes I’m gone, even when I’m here I know that don't help your doubt’s and your fears  I need you to know I’ll always be yours  I hope that my actions speak louder than words    Your dying to listen  I got so much to say  I just don’t know how right now, I hope that’s ok   Word by word we’ll find our way back to the light  We've got the rest of our lives  We don’t have to share it all tonight

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released April 3, 2020

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