SW​:​S Retreat January 2018

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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 January 2018 retreat:
    Marcin Budnik, Joshua Hall, Brett Hannum, John “PK” Kelly, Richard Loza, Michael Schlitz
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released February 8, 2018

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Track Name: A MOMENT IN TIME
Michael Schlitz / Will Kimbrough

I've been a hellion full of rebellion
Banging around my one story town
I looked for a way out I found my escape route
I made mistakes until I found someone to guide me
It was a moment in time

I've been a leader, I became a teacher
I let down my armor so I could connect with others who needed the guidance I had
The good life was easy and I found myself satisfied
It was a moment in time

I found myself in the thick of the darkness
The shit all around me was blocking the light
I couldn't get up, but I wouldn't give up
I'm what a bad day looks like to you
In the blink of an eye I went charging on
In that moment in time

I've known the struggle and it made me stronger
And tougher than I ever knew I could be
I have found courage and a new sense of purpose in people around and I find it in me
So I'm looking forward into the light at the end of the tunnel its right there in sight
Yes I'm looking forward
To the next moment in time
Yeah I'm looking forward
To every moment in time

Will Kimbrough Music (BMI) Admin. Bluewater Music Inc / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: FALLING FROM THE SKY
Richard loza / Jay Clementi

Packed like sardines kitted up in a C-130
My back is hurting I wanna get there in a hurry
The door opens up and I drop into the pitch black
With my wooby and my brothers and my over stuffed ruck sack

Falling falling from the sky
Flying through the darkness through tracers of light
Falling falling from the sky
Want to say a prayer but you don’t have the time
When you’re falling, falling from the sky

We cleared out the air strip objective called road runner
We were loading up supplies to leave when the ground shook like thunder
When a mortar drops there’s a shot of adrenaline
We loaded up and flew out as they were zeroing in

Falling falling from the sky
Flying through the darkness through tracers of lighta
Falling falling from the sky
Want to say a prayer but you don’t have the time
When they’re falling, falling from the sky

I’m back home now safe and sound
But still feel the earth shake, hear those legs breaking
See the illumination rounds

Falling falling from the sky
Flying through the darkness through tracers of light
Falling falling from the sky
Want to say a prayer but you don’t have the time
When your falling, falling from the sky

Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP) / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: WE OWNED THE NIGHT
Brett Hannum / James House

Desert sun beats down on your soul
A million miles from home
All eyes are on you if you go in in the day
Never go out alone

But we owned the night
Ghosts with green eyes
We owned the night
Someday I’ll be back in the light
But now
We owned the night

They think they’re safe behind their walls
But we know who they are
We can see into the shadows
There’s no place too far

But we owned the night
Ghosts with green eyes
We owned the night
Someday I’ll be back in the light
But now
We owned the night

And when I make it back home someday
I will remember
The quiet before the storm
Then the rattle and shake of the thunder

I’m back home now safe and sound
Wife and daughters by my side
Fought em over there so we don’t have to fight over here
Left em no place to hide

Cause we owned the night
Ghosts with green eyes
We owned the night
Now I’m back in the light
Cause
We owned the night

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
Track Name: THESE BOOTS
Joshua Hall / James House

I enlisted in the army when I was seventeen
To be a ranger meant everything to me
Like my daddy before me felt like it’s what I had to do
Proud to wear the uniform lace up the boots

Next thing i knew I was in the middle of hell
Bullets flying everywhere raining down shells
Didn’t care if i lived or died had nothing to lose
But I made it out of there wearing a bloody pair of boots

Sent me home said you’ll be fine
Home in my room but I was back there in my mind
War wasn’t over yet, still some fighting left to do
Put the uniform back on start lacing up the boots

These boots have gotten me in and out of hell
I keep replacing the soles from every time I fell
Doesn’t matter where I go or what I do
I keep putting on these boots

I finally traded in my saw for a badge and Glock
Worked a small Texas town laying down the law
But I was still at war fighting my way through
The ground keeps shifting underneath these boots

Driven by courage fueled by fire
If I said I wasn’t scared you can call me a liar
The only mission now is to conquer these blues
I’m still putting on these boots

These boots have gotten me in and out of hell
I keep replacing the soles from every time I fell
Doesn’t matter where I go or what I do
I’ll keep putting on these boots

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
Track Name: DADDY’S SON
Sean Bode / Marcin Budnik / John “PK” Kelly / Jay Clementi

It’s your daddy son, yeah I’m right here
I never went away I’m always near
You can talk to me when you’re feeling down
When your heart is hurting or your scared I’ll be around
I never got to talk about faith, life or love
The good the bad the ugly that’s all a part of growing up

We never got to play catch, so charge the ball
Give your best
Never start a fight but never back down
Sometimes walking away is standing your ground
If your heart pounds to a rockabilly song
If your hair stands up when someone’s being wronged
And you wonder where all that comes from
It’s your daddy son

When it comes to girls, there’s gonna be some drama
Don’t forget to show respect just like I did your momma
And when it comes to her, you gotta pour on those kisses
It’s gotta be enough for the both of us for all the ones I’m missing
Always do your best son I’ll be proud of you
Prove things to yourself it’s all you gotta do

We never got to play catch, so charge the ball
Give your best
Never start a fight but never back down
Sometimes walking away is standing your ground
If your heart pounds to a rockabilly song
If your hair stands up when some ones being wronged
And you wonder where all that comes from
It’s your daddy son

One day you’ll search for meaning for what your life has in store
The secret is finding something that’s worth dying for

We never got to play catch, so charge the ball
Give your best
Never start a fight but never back down
Sometimes walking away is standing your ground
If your heart pounds to a rockabilly song
If your hair stands up when some ones being wronged
You have the spirit of a warrior the heart of a gentleman
You’re your daddy’s son

Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP) / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: MIDNIGHT CALL
Joshua Hall / Brett Hannum / Richard Loza / Michael Schlitz / James House / Will Kimbrough

He seemed ok yesterday
Told me everything was fine
But he would never really say
What's on his mind
But when it's her name on the phone
I know he's out there all alone
And maybe finally had enough this time

Had enough of the demons
Had enough of the shame
Had enough of the silence
He couldn’t take it one more day

When you get that midnight call
You know the sky's about to fall
It's gonna rain, rain, rain all night long
You know there's nothing you can do
Always a bolt out of the blue
It's always the same
Midnight Call

I better put some coffee on
I'll be calling brothers until dawn
This time the torch has been passed down to me
You always think you could do more
Man, I guess that's what guilt is for
To show you the hope and light
He could not see

And we'll get together
And say our goodbye
Welcome another Airborne Ranger in the Sky

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI) / Will Kimbrough Music (BMI) Admin. Bluewater Music Inc
Track Name: WILDFLOWER
John “PK” Kelley / Jay Clementi

I’m a storm that comes and goes
I can be as cold, as the north wind blows
I can rain, for days on end
Flooding everything in the path I’m in

The good lord only knows how anything can grow
In a world that’s raging like this
Baby your my beauty my grace your my color and my strength
Sweet light in a sunset hour
My wildflower

I can get heated as the desert sun
Steal your trust like a bandit on the run
You never waiver never give up
Relentlessly unspoken never-ending love

The good lord only knows how anything can grow
In a world that’s raging like this
Baby your my beauty my grace your my color and my strength
Sweet light in a sunset hour
My wildflower

You’re my perfection inspiration your my bliss
I see it in your eyes and feel it in your kiss

The good lord only knows how anything can grow
In a world that’s raging like this
Baby your my beauty my grace your my color and my strength
Sweet light in a sunset hour
My wildflower

Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP) / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: MY THERAPY
Marcin Budnik / Will Kimbrough

My dad and me we're both so stubborn
Maybe cause we're just alike
We fought like dogs I threw a fist
He kicked me out that very night
So I went through hell with my ranger brothers
Fought so hard to stay alive
And we felt helpless all together
As we watched our brothers die
I felt anger I felt pain
I blocked my sorrow and my shame
And in that moment I’m to blame
But I won't give in, I won't complain

My heart and soul was with my daughter
To be with her I left my past
At first I felt so isolated
But raising her…I’m home at last
And she just might be
The biggest part of my therapy
And in that moment I feel free
All her love surrounding me

Then I met a girl who understands me
I knew it from the very start
She put them all right back together
The pieces of my broken heart
And she just might be
The biggest part of my therapy
And in that moment i feel free
All the love surrounding me

My dad and me we're still so stubborn
Maybe cause we're just alike
He loves my girls as much as i do
That's why our bond has grown so tight
Now they will always be
The biggest part of my therapy
And in that moment I feel free
With their love surrounding me
Yeah they will always be
The biggest part of my therapy
And in that moment I feel free
With their love surrounding me

SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)
Will Kimbrough Music (BMI) Admin. Bluewater Music Inc
Track Name: BROTHERHOOD
Marcin Budnik / Joshua Hall / Brett Hannum / John “PK” Kelly / Richard Loza / Michael Schlitz / Jay Clementi

Brotherhood brotherhood
We got each other’s back just like we should
Brotherhood Brotherhood
It’s rare to find and what we have is dam good
Brotherhood

The guys beside you are there to pick you up
When life throws a curve and your down on your luck
They’re gonna be there to talk you off the ledge
They’re gonna be there to drag you from the edge

Brotherhood brotherhood
We got each other’s back just like we should
Brotherhood Brotherhood
It’s rare to find and what we have is dam good
Brotherhood

They don’t understand the depth of our camaraderie
Unspoken bonds of our triumphs and our misery
They’ll keep you in line, all for one, one for all
Be the first to raise a beer and the first to bust your balls

Brotherhood brotherhood
We got each other’s back just like we should
Brotherhood brotherhood
It’s rare and you know its dam good
Brotherhood

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

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