This Star-spangled Life of Mine – a tribute to the troops


Kali at her post

Becky’s son Ian just returned from Iraq. During his time there, I would listen to the two of them talk. This some came out of those conversations.

Right now, the band and I are in the studio recording this song with the goal of releasing it as a single. The plan is to find a charity through the VA or USO to provide a portion of any proceeds to an organization supporting and assisting the troops.

This Star-spangled Life of Mine

Copyright © 2011 – Matthew Moran

I’ve included a video of me performing the song the morning after I wrote it.

Boots on the ground
Dust in the air
Sometimes I wake up at night and think what the hell am I doing here

But day after day
I toe the line
Dreamin’ about the girl back home, my family, and those friends of mine

Some days I’m lonely, some days I’m scared
Most days I’m just bored out of my mind
I’ve seen the red glare of rockets, bombs bursting in air
I pray that proof will see me through the night

I’m not trying to be a hero. I’m just trying to survive
This Star-Spangled Life of Mine

My buddies John and Del,
Both served their time
One is pushing paper down in New Orleans, one is pushing up daisies in Birmingham

I promised both I’d visit (them)
It’s what I hope to do
A promise born of selfishness. I hope to God I make it through

This is for the ones who never make it home
This is for the ones who do but leave something of themselves behind
This is for the prayers of those who wait for the return
The fear, the pride, the worry, and the love….

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