This Americana rock ballad is dedicated to all American troops and veterans. It’s a love story about a couple who has a baby and is torn between love for family and duty to country.

Called to duty two weeks ago
Watched your tracks make a line in the snow
It broke my heart in two
But I knew what we had to do

Can’t stop a baby from being born
Can’t break an oath after it’s been sworn
Our hand was already played
The flag and the baby were raised

(PRE-CHORUS)

Doubt can linger in a weary mind
If we hold on we’ll get it back in time

(CHORUS)

Twelve months since you’ve been gone
Defending our freedom an American song
But this old heart needs tending after
Praying for our happily ever after

Plane grounded two weeks ago
Watched your tracks makin’ lines in the snow
It put my mind to rest
Like a bird you returned to our nest

Two months home still tryin’ to settle in
Baby’s cryin’ while you’re cradlin’ gin
That’s no place to hide
We’re both right here by your side

(PRE-CHORUS)

Doubt can linger in a weary mind
If we hold on we’ll get it back in time

(CHORUS)

Twelve months since you’ve been gone
Defending our freedom an American song
But this old heart needs tending after
Fighting for our happily ever after

Done our time how fast two years can go
We’re makin’ tracks, makin’ lines in the snow
Thank God our love didn’t fade
When the flag and the baby were raised

Ghosts still linger ‘round every door
Wounded boots muddy polished floors
But I meant those vows
And baby I’m here for you now

(PRE-CHORUS)

Doubt can linger in a weary mind
If we hold on we’ll get it back in time

(CHORUS)

Twelve months since you’ve been home
Defending our family an American song
Now this old heart feels tended after
Finally found our happily ever after

Music, lyrics and melody © copyright 2010 Donna Gentile.

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