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05. What Soldiers Do

The Twenty-First Time
by Monk & Neagle


Come and walk with me, my son
I need to share my heart
Tomorrow when the morning comes
Iím headed off to war
Take care of your mother
And your little brother, too
Iím praying that Iíll be home soon
So I can be with you

I know youíre only 10 years old
I know that youíre afraid
But I need you to be brave for me
And for the family
I know itís hard to see me cry
But put your mind at ease
God is watching over us
So we can be at peace

With all my heart
I canít wait to tuck you in
And sing a song to you
Son, stand strong
Love is the reason I would give myself for you
ĎCause thatís what soldiers do

Remember what I taught you now
About how to be a man
Talk with God throughout the day
He will help you stand
With faith to see, hope to believe
And love for everyone
Know that Iím so proud of you
And I will always love you, son

With all my heart
I want to take you to our favorite place
And catch a fish or two
Son, stand strong
Love is the reason I would give myself for you
ĎCause thatís what soldiers do

And as I go, I want you to know if I donít make it home
You are gonna be alright
Iím telling you, son, youíre gonna touch the sky
Donít lose hope, just lift your eyes
Weíll be together again some day

So with all my heart
Hold on to Jesus, son
And He will lead you through
Son, stand strong
You may never go to war
But youíre a soldier, too
And when you have a son like you
Teach him to fight for what is true
ĎCause thatís what soldiers do

(Trent Monk, Ed Cash, Michael Neagle) © 2007 Allen, Vaughn and Ray Publishing (ASCAP) / Wholelotaracket Music (ASCAP) / Swept Away Music (ASCAP) (adm. by EMI CMG Publishing) / Alletrop Music (BMI) (adm. by Music Services)

Behind the Song:
ďIíd been playing around with a melody for more than a year before I figured out what to do with it. Ed (Cash) and I started having conversations about the war and all the soldier stories weíve heard, and it just started coming together. In it, weíve tried to capture these stories, to paint a picture of their sacrifice. Itís our attempt to do them justice.Ē - Trent Monk (Monk & Neagle)




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