SW​:​S Retreat - May 2015

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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. Brent, Angelica, Kayla, Noah, Nolan, and Ashton Alford; Kevin Pitts, Michelle Pitts, and Emma Harris; and Roger, Kelly, Cheyenne, and Travis Strade participated in the May 2015 retreat. These songs are their stories.

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released July 23, 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: Good Kind Of Crazy
GOOD KIND OF CRAZY
Kevin and Michelle Pitts / Emma Harris / Ashley Cleveland

Down a dusty lane sometime in June
We head for a range with a sack of balloons
It’s the Pitts Family Shoot-Off on Father’s Day
We’re the good kind of crazy, we know how to play

Nock the arrow, fit the string
Emma talks trash, Tristan sings
Zooey starts crying ‘cause life is good
Since Kevin showed up like Robin Hood

We’re the good kind of crazy, we’ve got bragging rights
We know how to laugh, we know how to fight
Eleven on a scale of one to ten
And we know there’s only one way to say P-E-C-A-N

We take care of each other through the ups and downs
Making a smile out of a frown
We’re Heinz 57, we’re a perfect fit
We get down and dirty in the thick of it

Strong and steady like a beating heart
Michelle keeps us all from coming apart
Her love makes a man drive all night
And gives him the reason to change his life

We’re the good kind of crazy, we’ve got bragging rights
We know how to laugh, we know how to fight
Eleven on a scale of one to ten
And we know there’s only one way to say P-E-C-A-N
Track Name: Strade
STRADE
Roger, Kelly, Cheyenne, and Travis Strade / Greg Trooper

Strade
That’s what they call us
The memories we’ve made
Keep us safe from the dark
We’ve never strayed
From those we know love us
And we’re not afraid
To be who we are

Home
Anywhere we’re together
Doesn’t matter the place
The time or the weather
The road
Is so long and demanding
But it’s never kept us
From making it home

Pain
We’ve suffered through it
Love
Wins out every time
For some
It’s hard to uncover
With a family like ours
It’s easy to find

Strade
That’s what they call us
Track Name: I Knew
I KNEW
Roger, Kelly, and Cheyenne Strade / Ashley Cleveland / James House

Twenty years ago back in Buffalo
In a high school French class
I knew

Parlez-vous français? You were such a flirt that way
You didn’t have a clue
But I knew

I knew you were the one for me
And I would never let you leave
I had to kiss you soon
I knew

And when I was so lonely
Morale kept me company
Patched me up and patched me through
I knew

I knew you were the one for me
And I would never let you leave
I had to kiss you soon
I knew

Boxes full of letters said everything and nothing
Promised in the future we’d be starting something
Kept me holding on to all that was true

I knew you were the one for me
And I would never let you leave
I had to kiss you soon
I knew
Track Name: Old Time Religion
OLD TIME RELIGION
Kevin and Michelle Pitts / Darden Smith

It’s that old time religion
That old time religion
It’s the power and the vision
It’s not a choice it’s a decision
And the old time religion
Is what we need
Cause that old time religion
Sets us free

My grandfather I called him Pops
He was a man of the land
Taught me how to hunt and how to fish
How to shake a hand
You don’t get respect if you don’t give it
Don’t talk love you got to live it
It was him who showed me how to be a man
That’s what I call…

It’s that old time religion
That old time religion
It’s the power and the vision
It’s not a choice it’s a decision
And the old time religion
Is what we need
Cause that old time religion
Sets us free

A holy man in the mountains
Of Afghanistan gave me beads
I wrapped them round my wrist, wore them every day
He believed so I believed
The bullets started flying and it should have been my time
But I walked out safe and if that ain’t a sign
That old man and his faith were watching over me
That’s what I call…

It’s that old time religion
That old time religion
It’s the power and the vision
It’s not a choice it’s a decision
And the old time religion
Is what we need
Cause that old time religion
Sets us free

A woman says a prayer she has a dream
Tries to figure out what it means
And she calls a man from twenty years ago
It was funny, right from the start
It’s like we’d never been apart
Maybe this thing called love
Is just an…

It’s that old time religion
That old time religion
It’s the power and the vision
It’s not a choice it’s a decision
And the old time religion
Is what we need
Cause that old time religion
Sets us free
Track Name: Throw A Rock
THROW A ROCK
Noah, Nolan, and Ashton Alford / Greg Trooper

Throw a rock
Throw a rock Throw a rock Throw a rock in the water Throw a rock
Skip a stone
Skip a stone
Skip a stone Skip a stone Skip a stone cross the water
Throw a rock

How far Will it go
How far No one knows
How far can you throw
A rock a rock a rock here we go

Throw a rock
Throw a rock
Throw a rock Throw a rock Throw a rock not at your brother Throw a rock

Throw it straight, make it curve
So fast, it’s just a blur
How high can you throw
A rock a rock a rock let it go

Throw a rock
Throw a rock
Throw a rock Throw a rock Throw a rock in the water Throw a rock
Track Name: Slow It All Down
SLOW IT ALL DOWN
Emma Harris / Darden Smith

Slow it all down
Life’s moving too fast
Let’s find a way
To make these moments last
Cause time is an arrow
You can’t turn around
Before it flies past
Let’s slow it all down

Let’s sing the songs
Let’s say the words
We’ve left unspoken
We’ve left unheard
The funny thing is
We think life is long
But the truth is
You just blink and it’s gone

Slow it all down
Life’s moving too fast
Let’s find a way
To make these moments last
Cause time is an arrow
You can’t turn around
So before it flies past
Let’s slow it all down

Make these moments last
Let’s slow it all down
Track Name: God's In Control
GOD’S IN CONTROL
James House / Brent Alford / Darden Smith

Ain’t no sense in getting scared
Worry about what is and isn’t fair
I can’t think about saving my soul
Cause God’s in control

I wasn’t asked I volunteered
I’m a good luck charm that’s why I’m here
You may not believe me but you've been told
God’s in control

People say
How can you put faith
In something you can’t see
Samson and the Philistines
I believe what I believe
You may not but I just know
God’s in control

I took a bullet in my chest and I came right back
I’m the man to be behind when we’re under attack
When you got faith like mine you don’t have to be bold
God’s in control

People say
How can you put faith
In something you can’t see
Well I can tell you what I’ve seen
It just plays like a movie in my dreams
You may not but I just know
God’s in control

So I’m a warrior it’s what I do
And I’m going away cause the job ain’t through
So hold on to the fact that I’m coming back home
‘Cause God’s in control
Hold onto the fact Daddy’s coming back home
Track Name: The Big Lie
THE BIG LIE
Brent and Angelica Alford / James House / Greg Trooper

We met each other on a sunny day life was perfect in every way
I had a perfect job perfect life everybody said you’d make a perfect wife
Everybody said I’d be better for you go ahead you have nothing to lose

Your kids will mind and never talk back
All go to college never move back
We’ll never argue never complain
No one’s ever wrong or ever to blame
Your mother will love me like I was one of her own
This is home now son and you belong

That’s the big lie
The truth we gonna stand by
Pie in the sky
Living the lie

We’re all paid up at the country club too many zeros on my paystub
Got another raise just for being cool we just put in a second swimming pool
The garage is packed with too many cars we’re hanging out with movie stars

We got it together in every way we make the right choices every day
Everyone jealous of our love all our friends are just sick of us
They want our advice they ask us please how do you do it with such grace and ease

We tell a big lie
That’s the truth we’re standing by
Between you and I it’s pie in the sky
Living the lie
Track Name: No One But Us
NO ONE BUT US
Roger, Kelly, Cheyenne, and Travis Strade / Greg Trooper

When things are good
They’re really good
When things are bad
We turn to humor
We don’t look back
Back at Iraq
Full steam ahead
Into the future

When we’re fighting
It’s still with love
We leave the past
And rise above
No one but us
No one but us
No one but us
We’re not tidy
No not at all
We’re a little flighty (You can knock us down)
But we still stand tall (We’ll never fall)
We’re not punctual
But we put the fun
Fun in dysfunctional

These kids grew up on
Tim Burton movies
Yes we are good
At being weird
We rhyme okay
Spell even better
Our songwriting
It should be feared

When we’re fighting
It’s still with love
We leave the past
And rise above
No one but us
No one but us
No one but us
Are we outrageous
Depends who you ask
We’re not contagious
‘cept when we laugh
We’re not punctual
But we put the fun
Fun in dysfunctional

In the darkness
We see the sun
What don’t kill us
It better run

When we’re fighting
It’s still with love
We leave the past
And rise above
No one but us
No one but us
No one but us
Not highfalutin
Not us at all
You can knock us down
We’ll never fall
We’re not punctual
But we put the fun
Fun in dysfunctional
Track Name: Far Away
FAR AWAY
Brent and Angelica Alford / James House

Nobody understands us but you and I
No way in the world they can
Just knowing you’re there makes everything alright
It’s just the way you hold my hand

Far away so far away
Wish you could stay
You’re so far away

We talked on the phone overnight for at least a month
Met on a cold Christmas Eve
You had hot chocolate we walked in the cold
Had coffee with cream

Far way you’re so far way
I wish you could stay
You’re so far away

Married on a fall October day
Marry me by train became our song
Seemed like the whole world disapproved
Only you and I know we’re strong

Far way you’re so far away
I wish you could stay
You’re so far away

Through the long winter nights
Through the wrongs and rights

Through the moments of flight we’ve stayed true
I can’t imagine being with anyone else
My heart belongs to you

Even when you’re far away
Track Name: Cats and Caffeine
CATS AND CAFFEINE
Kevin Pitts / Greg Trooper

Here come those furry things again
Who gave them the notion I’m their friend
I wanna sleep just a little more
These damned ole cats are at the door
They want me up right now at 5 am

How on earth did you get me in this mess
Feeding all these yowling fuzzy pests
Before we even get caffeine
Got to cater to these darned felines
While you wait for your coffee in our comfy bed

You rescued one
You rescued three
Now my life revolves around
Cats and caffeine
You’ll rescue more I do believe
But most of all baby
You rescued me

I grew up with goats cows and hogs
And my favorite pet was Floppy the dog
Now that’s a critter I can understand
Does whatever a man demands
Not like these cats out crying in the hall

Now babe it’s been more than seven years
And my love for you will never disappear
You knew I hated cats right from the start
But now even they done stole my heart
Now that’s got to be true love Michelle my dear
Track Name: Roller Coaster
ROLLER COASTER
Brent Alford / James House / Darden Smith

Life spins you upside down
High as a kite then back on the ground
Out of control you look like a clown
On this roller coaster

When life don’t go according to plan
It’s a little easier to understand
Baby when you hold my hand
On a roller coaster

We're on a roller coaster ride
Hold on tight and let go of your pride
Put your hands in the air we got the lord on our side
On the roller coaster ride

Sometimes it’s scary, sometimes it’s a thrill
Road blocks and time clocks test your will
It’s stress on my mind but that how it feels
On this roller coaster

We're on a roller coaster ride
Hold on tight and let go of your pride
Put your hands in the air we got the lord on our side
On the roller coaster ride

But it’s all right
Gotta go through the dark to get to the light
Let’s stay by each other’s side

We're on a roller coaster ride
Hold on tight and let go of your pride
Put your hands in the air we got the lord on our side
On the roller coaster ride
Track Name: Brother and Sister - Maybe Friends
BROTHER AND SISTER – MAYBE FRIENDS
Kelly, Travis, and Cheyenne Strade / Ashley Cleveland

She likes to color but she’s not good at sports
Her mom is technically very short
but now nobody better mock her
‘Cause she’s gonna be an animal doctor

Sometimes they think alike and say the same thing
He makes people laugh, she loves to sing
And they don’t fight as much as way back when
Brother and sister and maybe friends

He’s a gamer but he can’t talk on the phone
When he comes around she don’t feel alone
He’s got better timing than dear old dad
But if nobody’s listening that makes him mad

Sometimes they think alike and say the same thing
He makes people laugh, she loves to sing
And they don’t fight as much as way back when
Brother and sister and maybe friends

They definitely don’t agree on everything
But they still trade candy on Halloween
And though they were born four years apart
They each own a piece of the other one’s heart

Sometimes they think alike and say the same thing
He makes people laugh, she loves to sing
And they don’t fight as much as way back when
Brother and sister and maybe friends
Track Name: All About The Fun
ALL ABOUT THE FUN
Darden Smith & Group

She’s all about the fun
She’s all about the fun
When the day is done
She’s all about the fun

She came from Tallahassee
Cute and kind of sassy
She don’t leave out anyone
She’s all about the fun

When things get rough
She says that’s enough
Turn the music on
Cause she’s all about the fun

Dancing shake that booty
With her very own cutie
He’s her #1
And they’re all about the fun