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Charles Hayes / Darden Smith

I was called to be the chaplain
Of another hero fallen in the fray
From a leaden sky a bone chilling rain
Was coming down on Saratoga Cemetery
There was a twelve-year boy all dressed blue
And a mother full of pain that didn’t know what to do
And that boy said "tell me sir will I ever see my daddy again"
I got down on my knees

I said "yes you will
Because your daddy’s in God’s hands
And someday through faith
You’ll see him in that promised land
But for now your dad would want you to be
The man of the family"

I said "He’d want you to take care of your mother
And help her through this troubled storm
Be there for your sister Ellen
And comfort her in your sure, strong arms
I know this all might seem like a burden to you
But ponder what your daddy would want you to do
‘Cause one day son, you’re gonna see your daddy again"
He got down on his knees

He said "yes I will
Because my daddy’s in God’s hands
And I know one day
I’ll see him in that promised land
But for now my dad would want me to be
The man of the family"

And off in the distance the bugle played
The tears came down we walked away
Except for that boy
I heard him softly say

"I know now Daddy you are in God’s hands
I can see you walking with the Lord
Hand in hand through that promised land
So don’t worry dad I know I can be
The man of the family
The man of the family"


from SW​​​:​​​S Retreat - August 23​-​25, 2013, released August 26, 2013
Darden Smith Music / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)


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