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I have a friend who's son was stationed in Alaska and now he's soon going to Iraq.
It just got me thinking about what I would feel like if I were in that situation.
this is a country balad about a father and son facing the possibilities of war and seperation and the realities of the feelings this envokes.
Postmarked From Alaska
By Alan S Oatley 05/25/04
It came today. I hoped it would
The card was postmarked from Alaska
It said, ?Happy birthday Dad?
?Been thinking? lots about you
And growing? up down there in Nebraska
And though it might have seemed I was in a rush to leave
It really wasn?t all that bad
I can?t believe it?s been a year
Since I signed up for this enlistment
When you walked me down to the bus just to say,?Goodbye?.
And there has hardly a day gone past
I haven?t wish I could be nearer
But this man?s Army puts you where it likes.
And it can be so hard, just to I think of home,
After being away so far, so long
So hard to be a long way from home.?
It came today, I?m glad it did
A card that was postmarked from Alaska
It said? I?ll be coming home for 2 weeks Dad
Been thinking lots ?bout what we can do
While I?m down there in Nebraska
And though I know the days will go by
Way too fast
I can?t believe this time next month
I?ll be stationed in some desert
And we all know, that sooner or later, we?ll be called to fight
But I will see you in about a week
There?s so much I?d like to speak with you about
Faith and God and War and doing what I know is right
Cause it will be so hard, just to I think of home,
When I am away so far, so long
So hard to be a long way from home,
And oh my son I am so proud of you
And oh my son you just do what you have to do
And I?ll be praying for you
Until you come home to me
It will be so hard, just to be at home,
Knowing you?re away so far, so long
So hard to be the one left at home,
copyright 2004 Alan S Oatley