SW​​:​​S Retreat May 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 May 2018 retreat: Lynda Brown, Jay Glaspy, MatH, Holly Slaughter, Carrie Ruth Sutton, Joy Selak.
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Track Name: COFFEE AND GREEK OLIVES
COFFEE AND GREEK OLIVES

Group / Jay Clementi

I need coffee coffee I need coffee coffee
Til I get some
Nothing gets done
It’s a just a bad day
I need coffee coffee

In the morning to get me through to lunch
Greek olives yeah, I love 'em a bunch I’m just the kind that needs to munch But you know, but you know, You know

I need coffee coffee I need coffee coffee
Til I get some
Nothing gets done
It’s just a bad day
I need coffee coffee

Black rifle fresh brood freedom strong, if it ain't black then it’s all wrong
Well lifer juice is my jam now it’s my song

I need coffee coffee I need coffee coffee
Til I get some
Nothing gets done
It’s just a bad day
I need coffee coffee

I need coffee coffee I need coffee coffee
Til I get some
Nothing gets done
It’s just a bad day
I need coffee coffee

I need coffee coffee I need coffee coffee
Til I get some
Nothing gets done
It’s just a bad day
I need coffee coffee


© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE
CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE

Holly Slaughter / James House

Daddy always suffered in a bitter silence
I started to notice when I was ten years old
Outside the house a beloved leader
But he hit the bottle when he came home
Did his best to put up facade
But the smoke came leaking out the windows
You can’t hold back who you are
Sooner or later everybody knows

Some people live
Some people cry
Some people are just waiting waiting to die
Some people give a little too much
Some people can’t help, can’t help but love

Mama held everything together
She was my shelter from the storm
Always there to pick up the pieces
When my world got shattered and torn
One day she said she had to leave
You can either stay or come with me
I didn’t go and I didn’t stay
I packed up and went my own way

Some people live
Some people cry
Some people are just waiting waiting to die
Some people give a little too much
Some people can’t help, can’t help but love

Spend our lives shedding baggage
Weighs us down don’t let us fly
If you find love’s forgiveness
You will know the reason why

Some people live
Some people cry
Some people are just waiting, waiting to die
Some people give a little too much
Some people can’t help can’t help but love

© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
Track Name: JUST A TEDDY BEAR
JUST A TEDDY BEAR

Carrie Ruth Sutton / Georgia Middleman

When Bug was just a baby
I had to go away
So I bought her a little teddy bear
That she could hug each day

I’d hoped that it would help her
All the times she felt alone
A way that she’d remember me
‘til I was finally home

Each deployment after
I’d buy her a brand-new bear
something to hold onto
When mama can’t be there

Her eyes would swell with tears
But I’d tell her to hold him close
That I’d filled him up with hugs
For when she missed me the most

When will a teddy bear
Be just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye
When will he ever bring a smile to her face
And not make my baby cry
There will come a day
When mama won’t go away
And it’ll just be my angel and I
When a teddy bear is just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye

One day when I was shopping
I saw a little bear
It made me think of Jennifer
so I bought it then and there

I thought she’d be excited
With such a precious little toy
But when I gave it to her
What left her eyes was ….joy

When will a teddy bear
Be just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye
Will he ever bring a smile to her face
And not make my baby cry
There will come a day
When mama won’t go away
And it’ll just be my angel and I
When a teddy bear is just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye

Mama, please don’t go
Please mama, just quit
I don’t need an allowance
So don’t say that money’s it
I can build a lemonade stand
To help you pay the bills
So, Mama, stay forever
Promise me you will

When will a teddy bear
Be just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye
When will he ever bring a smile to her face
And not make my baby cry
There will come a day
When mama won’t go away
And it’ll just be my angel and I
When a teddy bear is just a teddy bear
And it’ll just be my angel and I
When a teddy bear is just a teddy bear
And not a long goodbye

© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Middle Girl Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: FULL MOON
FULL MOON

Jay Glaspy / James House

Three weeks when the moon goes down
We will be crossing the border
Doing work in a strange town
Kick a hornet's nest

Check your kit three times till nothing's out of order
Gonna get it on
Better get some rest

Well it’s a long walk back in a full moon
A lot of time to worry bout my wife and kids
Long walk back in a full moon
Don’t want to think about what we did

Carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders
Put a lot of good friends of mine in the ground
This kind of life ain’t for everyone
Listen to me son better turn around

‘Cause it’s a long walk back in a full moon
Lot of time to worry bout my wife and kids
Long walk back in a full moon
Don’t want to think about what we did

Give me something
Numb this pain
You can’t hide
That zombie haze

And it’s a long walk back in a full moon
A lot of time to worry bout my wife and kids
It’s a long walk back in a full moon
Don’t want to think about what I did

© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI)
Track Name: NEVER FORGET
NEVER FORGET

MatH / Jay Clementi

I got a grey duct tape photo album
Held together by a binder ring
It’s in my pocket like a wallet
To remind me

How grateful I am for the heroes in those uniforms
They were rangers and my brothers always charging towards the storm

I’ll never forget I’ll never forget
Their faces or their names
And I’ll never let, and I’ll never let
Their honor and memory fade
The freedom they made for me
Depth of their bravery
Example that they set
I’ll never forget I’ll never forget I’ll never forget

I know I’m lucky that my family still has me
I’ve dogged some bullets and even danced with an IED

The bad guys in that card deck you know I don’t recall
But it’s a different story with the guys that got 'em all

I’ll never forget I’ll never forget
Their faces or their names
And I’ll never let, and I’ll never let
Their honor and memory fade
The freedom they made for me
Depth of their bravery
Example that they set
I’ll never forget never forget never forget

I stand and I fight and I sing and I write for the ones that are living on
I think of the families of the ones that didn’t make it home

And I’ll never forget I’ll never forget
Their faces or their names
And I’ll never let, and I’ll never let
Their honor and memory fade
The freedom they made for me
Depth of their bravery
Example that they set
I’ll never forget never forget never forget
I’ll never forget never forget never forget
I’ll never forget


© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: YOU DON’T LOOK SICK
YOU DON’T LOOK SICK

Joy Selak / Georgia Middleman

I passed a woman on the street
With a brace on her arm
She didn’t have to explain
I knew that she’d been harmed

And it got me to thinking
What would my life be
If I could have a brace
Wrapped all over me

But that will never be the way that I appear
And it wears on me when I have to hear

You don’t look sick
So you must not be
I think you’re lying
You don’t look so bad to me
I wanna tell you how I’m hurting
And I’m broken
But It’s hard
When you don’t look sick
No one sees who you really are

I’ll go out to a party
Dance and stay up late
Have everybody laughing
Then I’m in bed for three days straight

On that one night I forget
Just how painful life can be
But don’t let that be the ruler
By which you measure me

Cause that’s not fair it’s only one good day
Do you know how much it hurts me every time I hear you say

You don’t look sick
So you must not be
I think you’re lying
You don’t look so bad to me
I wanna tell you how I’m hurting
And I’m broken
But It’s hard
You don’t look sick
No one sees who you really are

My illness isn’t who I am or who I’ve been
Or who I’m gonna be
If I don’t look sick
Then that must mean there’s nothing wrong with me

© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Middle Girl Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: GRATEFUL
GRATEFUL

Lynda Brown / Jay Clementi

I’ve been betrayed a hundred ways, cried a thousand tears
Watched my sweet humble momma, get abused for years

I wish my Dad, was a Dad but no he chose liquor
You might think, you might think that I’d be sad and bitter but I’m

Grateful
For my family and my God that’s
Faithful
For all the paths I’ve been on,
The right ones and the wrong
The calm storms and the strong
They brought me here to where I’m able to
Be grateful

My strength and my weakness is compassion in my heart
Brought me joy, peace and friends but ripped my world apart

I gave the best of me, best of me in work and in love
I gave all of me, all of me and guess I gave too much but I’m

Grateful
For my family and my God that’s
Faithful
For all the paths that I’ve been on
The right ones and the wrong
The short ones and the long
They brought me here to where I’m able to
Be grateful

But I won’t let the past define me
But I’ll let it remind me
Of the legacy I’ves left behind me

And I’m
Grateful
For my family and my god that’s
Faithful
For all the paths I’ve been on,
The right ones and the wrong
Singing my own song
They brought me here to where I’m able to
Be grateful, grateful, grateful


© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP)
Track Name: MOVING ON
MOVING ON

Lynda Brown / MatH / Carrie Ruth Suttton / Jay Glaspy / Joy Selak / Holly Slaughter / Jay Clementi / James House / Georgia Middleman

I’ll take the lessons; I’ll keep my boots
I’ll leave the hurt behind

I’ll keep the photos, I’ll leave the movies
That keep running wild in my mind

And I’m Moving On
Getting stronger every step I take
I’m Moving on
Learning from my mistake

As I travel, past the road signs
Laughing as I cry

I’m torn between, the death of a dream
And the real me locked inside

And I’m Moving On
Getting stronger every step I take
I’m Moving on
Now I bend where I used to break

When you're in it, it’s black and white
But you find out it’s really grey

Now I walk on the grass, rock that freedom beard
And I don’t give damn what they say

‘Cause I’m Moving On
Getting stronger every step I take
I’m Moving on
All my senses are wide awake

I’m Moving On
Getting stronger every step I take
I’m Moving on
Learning from my mistakes

© 2018 SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Cross Keys (ASCAP) / James Andrew House Music (BMI) / Middle Girl Music (ASCAP)

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