SW​:​S Retreat February VA 2019

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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 participated in the February VA 2019 retreat: James & Dixie Burch, Bryan & Rachael Carrier, Kelly & Judy Colton, Steven & Roni Coppock, Richard & Madi Greene, Jenn & Allen Mcllwain
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Track Name: WHISKEY
WHISKEY

James Burch / Dixie Burch / Bryan Carrier / Rachael Carrier / Kelly Colton / Judy Colton / Steven Coppock / Roni Coppock / Richard Greene / Madi Greene / Allen McIlwain / Jenn McIlwain / Jay Clementi

Marriage can make you do it
Kids can make you do it
Work can make you slip some in your coke
Just to get through it

Whiskey smooth going down
Smooth going down
Whiskey, smooth going down
Smooth going down

It makes you happy
Gives you courage
Numb your mind, sex ’til your blind
Do it right you won’t be discouraged

Whiskey smooth going down
Smooth going down
Whiskey, smooth going down
Smooth going down

Whiskey smooth going down
Smooth going down
Whiskey, smooth going down
Smooth going down

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: A FEW OF THE PLACES
A FEW OF THE PLACES

Dixie Burch / James Burch / Maia Sharp

I get myself in trouble when she leaves me alone
Look at Oklahoma City, Aberdeen
Long before we were ever written in stone
She didn’t think to run from what she’d seen

The Jack and cocaine
The wrecking train she was falling for
Who liked to play with fire
I would’ve gone up
If she wasn’t so good at calling me
Down from the high wire

Hell, jail, wrapped around a tree
Lost, crossed over to the wrong side of me
Just a few of the places I would be

I’m waking up in San Antonio
But not like 11 years before
When we were waiting for the justice of the peace to show
No, we’re not those kids anymore

Rained on us then, raining again
Guess God is just making sure
We remember our start
That only the clouds are gonna part
And I know where I’d be without her

Hell, jail, wrapped around a tree
Lost, crossed over to the wrong side of me
Out of control, in the cold trying to set my soul free
Just a few of the places I would be
Just a few of the places I would be
Just a few of the places I would be

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
Track Name: THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE
THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE

Rachael Carrier / Bryan Carrier / Terry Radigan

Been a dancer my whole life
Now I’m a mother and a wife
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
I love them both with all my heart
Hard to know where one stops and the other starts
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change

Wait for me
Wait for me
Cause you know who I wanna be
I wanna be the one
There for you
Baby it’s all wanna do

I’ve been a fixer my whole life
See something wrong I make it right
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
The worlds on my back
And I’m knees
Afraid of what happens
When I leave
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change

Wait for me
Wait for me
Cause you know who I wanna be
I wanna be the one
There for you
Baby it’s all i wanna do

Two worlds became one
Now we revolve around our son
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change
He holds us all together
He’s the gravity that makes us better
Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change

I’ll wait for you
You wait for me
He’ll wait for us both
Just you wait and see
His light will set us free
And that’s all we can ask
For him to be
All that we can ask for him to be

Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Catherine the Great (ASCAP)
Track Name: PAPER CHAIN
PAPER CHAIN

Roni Coppock / Steven Coppock / Jay Clementi

I’m just a wife and a mom
Feeling empty and alone
I’m in a room full of people
But when half of me is gone
So far away
I wear a fake smile on my face

Glad they can’t see what’s going on with me
Right now, I’ll take their sympathy
I’m just not all here
When He’s over there

I just wanna go home I don’t know why
I wanna get back in my bed curl up and cry
But I stay and try to laugh with them
Then drive home to tuck the kids in bed
And try not to drink
Then Tear another link
Off the Paper Chain

They’re just little strips of paper
Taped into chain links
A countdown calendar
Completely synched
To all our hearts
Counting the days… still most days

I wanna go home I don’t know why
Just get back in bed curl up and cry
I wonder if I’ll laugh again
After I tuck the kids in bed
And try not to drink
Tear another link
Off the Paper Chain

Last night he called and asked how many were left
I want to take that single mom weight off your chest
Honey I’m sorry I’m not there
But I’m one day closer to you

I just wanna come home & be by your side
Curl up in our bed just you and I
Fit back into our life again
Help out and tuck the kids in bed
So you don’t have to think
About tearing another link
Off the paper chain

Those years are gone but we’re together and doing well
As for that ole paper chain it can, can go straight to hell

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: DO NOT DISTURB
DO NOT DISTURB

Jenn McIlwain / Allen McIlwain / Maia Sharp

The rising up of the butterflies
The closer I get to laying on my eyes
On that crooked smile I’ve memorized
Meet you at the baggage claim

The long days were getting longer
The pull to you was getting stronger
Feels like forever, oh come on now
Let’s go break the frame
Let’s go break the frame

Welcome home to both of us
Whatever we have to discuss
Actions speak louder than words
You can tell my heart wasn’t set on talking
It’s to keep the world from knocking
You’re all mine behind that sign
Do Not Disturb

Phones are off like they never are
For far too long you’ve been too far
Shut your mouth, just get in the car
There’s no day like today

And no other moment just for you and me
Than right now, and pointlessly
I got all dressed up when it’s gonna be
Messed up anyway
Messed up anyway

Welcome home to both of us
Whatever we have to discuss
Actions speak louder than words
You can tell my heart wasn’t set on talking
It’s to keep the world from knocking
You’re all mine behind that sign
Do Not Disturb

(Instrumental)

Welcome home to both of us
Nothing does what your loving does
Actions speak louder than words
You can tell my heart wasn’t set on talking
It’s to keep the world from knocking
You’re all mine behind that sign
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
Track Name: THE SPACE BETWEEN US
THE SPACE BETWEEN US

Madi Greene / Richard Greene / Terry Radigan

Every picture
Each and every letter
Tiny cardboard hands
And a ribbon holding them together
They’re my paper hugs
I hang’em on my wall
To remind me
In between the calls
Of All
This love
I’m saving I’m saving

An old milk jug
Filled with daddy’s Hershey kisses
One for everyday he’s away
And lots of fairy stickers
On a big white board
Filled with first steps
First words
And I love u’s
We’re saving, we’re saving

To fill that space between us
With Hugs and love
Tears and smiles
Moments we are missing
In between the miles
Hello panda, goodnight moon
Daddy’s gonna be home
And be home soon
We are all gonna be together soon
All that space between us we fill with love

Some days it feels like it’s been forever
Since I’ve felt your arms around me
So I wear your gator sweater
Close as I can get
And I play that message on my phone over & over
Hey babe the lost boys are home
And in between I steal a kiss or two
Cause mama needs her chocolate too

Sometimes it’s hard
To wear a brave face
To choke back the tears
To fill that space
So we put it up in prayer
And leave our worries there

With hugs and love
Tears and smiles
Moments we are missing
In between the miles
Hello panda, goodnight moon
We’re all gonna be
Together soon

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Catherine the Great (ASCAP)
Track Name: TOO STUBBORN TO QUIT
TOO STUBBORN TO QUIT

Judy Colton / Kelly Colton / Jay Clementi

I blow up stuff up for a living
I defuse situations
I fall out of clouds
Into wild altercations
I give it all I have
And I love what I do

It’s filled me with some lonely
And some regret
It’s tried really hard
But hasn’t killed me yet
I’m too, too crazy to stop
Or too stubborn to quit

I can’t help it I’m just wired that way
I’m committed to craziness fallen for the game
Dedicated to the call
I give it everything
And It’s given old glory to me

It’s filled me with some lonely
And some regret
It’s tried really hard
But hasn’t killed me yet
I’m too, too crazy to stop
Or too stubborn to quit

But the one thing I love more
Than the corps is my baby
She my peanut butter
And I’m her jelly
She melts my heart
When she calls me Boo
She my oxygen my never regret
I’m just lucky she hasn’t thrown me out yet
She’s Too crazy to stop
Or too stubborn to quit

She can’t help it she’s just wired that way
Committed to craziness, fallen for the game
Dedicated to the call
Gives her everything
And That’s everything to me

She my oxygen my never regret
I live for her love, die for Her kiss
She’s Too crazy to stop
Too stubborn to quit

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: NEW WAYS TO SAY IT
NEW WAYS TO SAY IT

Dixie Burch/ Rachael Carrier / Judy Colton / Roni Coppock / Madi Greene / Jenn McIlwain / Terry Radigan / Maia Sharp
We’re all sisters here
With different stories to tell
But at the end of the day we’re all married to crazy
Who put us through hell

Nobody else understands why we stay
We hear the whispers
We know what they say

Everyone’s divorced
Everyone’s drinking
Maybe it’s time for a little re-thinking
Everyone’s determined
Everyone’s dedicated
Everyone’s devoted
Some new ways to say it

Like a message in a bottle
He’s gotta break for me to read
We pick up the pieces
And try not to bleed

Sometimes a touch is more than a word
We don’t judge but oh, what we’ve heard

Everyone’s divorced
Everyone’s drinking
Maybe it’s time for a little re-thinking
Everyone’s determined
Everyone’s dedicated
Everyone’s devoted
Some new ways to say it

You make it back, I’ll make a home for you to come back to
I’m proud of me, I’m proud of you,
I’m proud of what we do

Everyone’s determined
Everyone’s dedicated
Everyone’s devoted
Just a few ways to say it
Everyone’s damn funny
Everyone’s down to do this
Everyone’s dependable
We’ll get each other through this
Just a few ways
New ways to say it
Oh, just a few ways
Some new ways to say it

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Catherine the Great (ASCAP) / Crooked Crown Music (BMI)
Track Name: GOOD IN THIS LIGHT
GOOD IN THIS LIGHT

James Burch / Bryan Carrier / Kelly Colton / Steven Coppock / Richard Green /
Allen McIlwain / Jay Clementi

You’re right, I was wrong
I don’t know what I was thinking
The faucet leaks, brakes still squeak
And I’ve been doing too much drinking
I’m trying to apologize

But you know I’m not a way-with-words kinda guy
My big one’s don’t always come out right
I wish I was a little more Hemingway
All I can think of to say is
Your butt looks good in this light
Good in this light

I know, it ain't, exactly poetry
But I think, it might be exactly what we need
It’s just hard to tell you

You know I’m not a way-with-words kinda guy
My big one’s don’t always come out right
I wish I was a little more Hemingway
All I can think of to say is
Your butt looks good in this light
Good in this light

I know there’s words you want me to say
I wish I could apologize that way
The kids are all gone
And I’m kinda feeling this song

You know I’m not a way-with-words kinda guy
My big one’s don’t always come out right
I wish I was a little more Hemingway
But all I can think of to say
Is your butt looks good in this light
Good in this light

© 2019 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)

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