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Perry Holmes Jenkins / Maia Sharp

My buddy wrote a good bye letter home
From the FOB McHenry danger zone
It said If you’re reading this
I’m not gonna make it back to you
I hope you know you gave me a good life

I am always grateful you’re my wife
Oh I hate to make you cry
That I have to say goodbye so soon
I’m not saying that writing that letter was wrong
Getting home is what I’m betting on

I’m no stranger to putting pen to paper
I can string a mile of words together
I’m gonna hold on long enough to tell you later
And I’m never gonna write that letter
Never, ever, I’m never gonna write that letter

We were born just shy of a month apart
Me and this quiet guy with a humble heart
Always high speed always tracking
In the black of the Iraqi countryside

Now I’m standing in formation in a pine box salute
And sunshine never felt so cold
They drape it with a flag and it’s a futile consolation
That he’ll never get old, he’ll never get old

I’m no stranger to putting pen to paper
I can string a mile of words together
I’m gonna hold on long enough to tell you later
No, I’m never gonna write that letter
Never, ever never gonna write that letter

Call it stubborn, call it superstition
Call it selfish, call it tunnel vision
But I’m not gonna write that letter
Never ever
I’m not gonna write that letter
Never

I’m no stranger to putting pen to paper
I can string a mile of words together
But I’m gonna hold on long enough to tell you later
Yeah, I’m never gonna write that letter
Never, ever never gonna write that letter,
Never, ever
Never gonna write that letter

Crooked Crown Music (BMI) / SongwritingWith:Soldiers Music (ASCAP)

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from SW​:​S Retreat September 2017, released October 18, 2017

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Founded by Austin, Texas singer-songwriter Darden Smith and Mary Judd, SongwritingWith:Soldiers is a non-profit 501c (3) organization.

Our Mission: We transform lives by using collaborative songwriting to expand creativity, connections, and strengths.
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