Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 25/02/18 – Letters

SLSHelen’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

Mark Schultz

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

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 25/02/18 – Letters

  1. Oh, I remember all the handwritten letters I wrote to my husband when he was in Viet Nam, and the ones he wrote to me. In fact, I still have most of them. Getting that letter was so important to us. You’re right, there was no internet or phone calls back then. Thanks for posting this one.

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  2. Dlrands

    Having interviewed dozens of WWII veterans and their spouses I can attest to the importance of letters during was time. What a great and powerful song, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Bawling my eyes out … what a wonderful song. Your own story of the letters you received and the fewer you wrote serves as a great reminder of not just how things were but of something we need to hold on to …. the tangible nature of a letter, the effort if takes to write and the permanence of it cannot and is not replaceable electronically… sadly I think it is only a matter of time before those envelopes kept in boxes and pockets to touch and take strength are a forgotten thing. Loved this post 💛

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      1. I think we need to start a movement before it’s too late. This year, amongst other revelations (I don’t call them resolutions which sound far too constricting but rather treat New Year as a moment to switch on some fresh lights) …. I decided to write at least a postcard to each of my children and my mother each week. We are now nearly in March and I am true to my word. I told all of them that no replies are implied but have had the odd letter in the mailbox in return. Your post really struck a chord, therefore. Let’s lead the charge backwards 😊

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  4. I still have the letters my father wrote to his parents from the Army. He never saw active duty, by ‘luck’ of the years of his youth. But I know how much letters meant….it’s a lost art. I loved this video/music.

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  5. Love this post Peter. When my eldest brother was in the RAF, I was a small child, but I remember how smart he looked in his uniform and how exciting it was for us when he came home on leave.
    My niece still has the letters that went backwards and forwards between her mum and dad and the family, they include a cute one written by my six year old self.

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  6. Beautiful!! This one made me cry! I was hoping that my sister listened to this one; she is an oral historian and just finished a project about WWII. I saw that she commented on it.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I loved his voice and the piano. Great stuff!

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