Suzanne Williams, RN, LICSW

Vietnam Veteran/ Retreat Facilitator

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One Piece at a Time

© 2014, Joe Jencks – Turtle Bear Music, ASCAP

Words written for and with the Warriors Heart to Art participants, 2014 Retreat. Music by Joe Jencks.

CHORUS

Does anybody see me

Does anybody know what I've been through

Some folks gave their lives all at once

But I've given up on my life

One piece at a time

VERSE 1 - Beginning

Hoping for a new start

Trying to find my way

A little bit of rebellion mixed with

Adventure far away

A family tradition

To honor and to serve

The call of duty

Now I'm down to my last nerve

VERSE 2 - Service

I had a job, I did it well

Tried to trust the chain of command

What in the world was I thinking

Now I walk among the damned

Living on the edge of life and death

You know it takes its toll

The loss of innocence

No stability, no control

BRIDGE

Well I second-guess my choices

I “woulda, coulda, shoulda” all the time

But on sleepless nights, that doesn’t help

To find a reason or a rhyme

VERSE 3 - Home

Picking up the pieces

Honoring the dead

Not much here I understand

And there’s a war inside my head

But I am not expendable

I’m still living with the pain

Yes, there are ways that I survived

But I’m dying every day

VERSE 4 - Hope for the Future

Believing that the future

Holds more power than the past

I reach with forgiveness

For a new life I hope will last

So put a candle in the window

Help me see I'm not alone

Though I have changed, I need to know

I'm finally welcome home

CHORUS x2

Does anybody see me

Does anybody know what I've been through

Some folks gave their lives all at once

But I've given up on my life

One piece at a time