Helen’s theme for this week is letters.
As I left home at the tender age of 16, to join the Army, letters were very important to me. I must admit I wasn’t very good at writing them but I did so love to receive them.
In later years I wrote to my fiancé, less than I should have, and managed to avoid direct involvement in arrangements for our wedding, as I was overseas. Letters were thus very important in the process. (Younger readers please note – no mobile phones, no dedicated landline phone, and very expensive call charges!)
My Mum kept all the letters I wrote, for many years afterwards. Unfortunately, they were eventually disposed of so they are just a fond memory.
Letters to Mum, military service, and being parted by continents, leads to my choice of music for this week, Letters from War. I hope you enjoy it.
Letters From War
She walked to the mailbox On that bright summer's day Found a letter from her son In a war far away He spoke of the weather And good friends that he'd made Said I've been thinkin' bout dad And the life that he had That's why I'm here today Then at the end he said You are what I'm fighting for It was the first of his Letters from war She started writing you're good And you're brave What a father that You'll be someday Make it home Make it safe She wrote every night as she prayed Late in December A day she'll not forget Oh her tears stained the paper With every word that she read It said, I was up on a hill I was out there alone When the shots all rang out And bombs were exploding And that's when I saw him He came back for me And though he was captured A man set me free And that man was your son He asked me to write to you I told him I would Oh I swore It was the last of the letters from war And she prayed he was living She kept on believing And wrote every night just so say You are good And you're brave What a father that you'll be someday Make it home Make it safe Still she kept writing each day And then two years later Autumn leaves all around A car pulled in the driveway And she fell to the ground And out stepped a Captain Where her boy used to stand He said mom I'm following orders From all of your letters And I've come home again He ran into hold her He dropped all his bags On the floor Holding all of her letters from war Bring him home Bring him home Bring him home Holding all of her letters from war
Songwriters: Cindy Morgan / Cindy Lavonne Morgan / Mark Schultz / Mark Mitchell Schultz
Letters From War lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc