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NO MEDAL FOR ME
Rhonda Liddell / Marshall Crenshaw / Darden Smith

I served in the desert in the smog and the soot
But my enemy was not on foot
There were oil wells burning and the sky was black
In every breath I took I was attacked
It’s a goddamn fact

If there were a medal for the war I fight
And they placed it on my chest
Where among the others would it rest
Between combat action and a purple heart
Dignity and respect
I’ve got wounds you cannot see
So there will be no medal for me

The things I saw no one should see
But they still live inside of me
Nightmares cold sweats obsessions and the same flashback
PTSD knocked my head off track
It’s a hurting fact

But there’s no medal for the war I fight
Can’t place it on my chest
There among the others it won’t rest
Between feeling I’m alone and I can’t come home
With dignity and respect
I’ve got wounds you cannot see
So there will be no medal for me

The truth is that nothing can make right
The wrong I feel
It’s too damned real

Cause there’s no medal for the war I fight
Can’t place it on my chest
I’m trying to find the part of me that was my best
Cause I’ve got kids to raise and bills to pay
And a whole lot of life to live
With these wounds you cannot see
I guess there’ll be no medal for me
There will be no medal for me

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from SW​:​S Retreat - November 2014, released December 31, 2014

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SongwritingWith:Soldiers Austin, Texas

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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