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4.  Soldier's Child:

Words and music by Rickey Lashley
 
Dedicated to Captain Mark Quame
 
Bill Masino Ė Lead vocal
Kathleen Mullaly Masino - Harmony vocal
Randy Adams - Acoustic Guitar
Paul Vnuk Jr. Ė Musicbox
 
Introduction notes by Rickey Lashley
 
"Soldier's child is a lullaby, though as it was being written it became a sad little lullaby indeed. While writing the melody I noticed a martial quality to the beat and tempo and, so, I began to think of soldiers and parades and of how children love to watch them marching on their way to some adventure. But, as the song evolved, I realized that not every child who watched his or her father march away to war would receive the joy of reunion. Some children , like so many soldiers, are expected to be brave in the face of death. If they do not have their own statue they most certainly, must have their own song."

 

 

 

Lyrics:

Chorus: 
Listen to them now, Donít you hear them now,
Canít you hear them now, with me.
Marching up the road, up the dusty road,
Marching up the road, youíll see.
  1. Iíll be home again one day.. his father said.
  2. Though I travel such a long ways away.
    Far across the icy sea, Iíll fight to keep us free.
    Iíll fight for you and me.
     
  3. Heíll be home again one day.. his mother said.
  4. Though heís traveled such a long ways away.
    Far across the icy sea, he fights to keep us free.
    He fights for you and me.
    3.   Heís no coming home with us today.. his sergeant said.
          Though heís traveled such a long ways away.
          Far across the icy sea, he fought to keep us free.
          He died for you and me.

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Rickey Lashley is a great guy and a good friend.  He has been writing songs since his teens.  He started with a Folk-Rock feel and has now evolved into what he describes as the "Cat Stevens" of Celtic music. 

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