Carrie Martin

Carrie Martin

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Folk - Contemporary | Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,754   
Member Since: 2004
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Plays:

83

Song Description

soldier leaving his family for war

Story Behind the Song

This was written by my friend John during the time between his second and third deployment to Iraq. On a personal level, I found the song to be so moving. And musically, it feels so full of possibilities. This recording is just one of many "takes" on the song. As so often happens, John and I moved on to other songs and did not return to this one to edit the lyrics or the arrangement..... and so the song stands as is. For now. I call this the "orchestra" arrangement.

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Lyrics

On Your Feet
John Gossart
Arr. Carrie Martin
©June 2005

He led his boys out east
She took the kids west
She was haunted by the worst
He hoped for the best

She wrote him every day
He hardly wrote back
She held the kids and prayed
He led the attack

She was counting down the days
He was counting down the days
But the days were counting down

CHORUS
On your feet we're moving out
On your feet we're moving out
On your feet we're moving on
From here

He got used to the smell
Her will was tested
He learned to live in hell
She second guessed him

He never saw his fate
She saw it clearly
Falling down would he be late
He'd be early

She was counting down the days
He was counting down the days
But the days were counting down

CHORUS

He stood there on her porch
She just broke down
She'd never seen his face
She knew the news he brought

I was counting down the days
Kids were counting down the days
But the days were counting down

CHORUS x2

Song Length
4:27
Genre
Folk - Contemporary
Tempo / Feel
Very Slow (Under 70)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Moods
Gloomy, Depressing

Subject Matter
Armed Forces, War


Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits John Gossart
Music Credits John Gossart/Carrie Martin
Producer Credits Carrie Martin
Publisher Credits John Gossart/Carrie Martin
Performance Credits Carrie Martin