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WORDS & MUSIC FOR CREATIVETS

In 2018, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum began a partnership with CreatiVets to provide programmatic support to veterans interested in songwriting. Through the collaboration, over eighty veterans throughout the United States have written songs through the museum’s Words & Music and Songwriting 101 programs. Songwriting can be a successful method for healing and coping and provides an outlet for processing memories and capturing feelings. Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of expression that is the country music cannon, veterans’ shared experiences soon emerged into songs about strength, hope, and perseverance.

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During these programs, veterans learn the fundamentals of songwriting and co-write an original song with a professional songwriter. Below is a selection of songs written by veterans, performed by their collaborating songwriter. New songs will be shared periodically.

For more information on CreatiVets, visit www.CreatiVets.org

Disclaimer: Lyrics may include themes and content appropriate for mature audiences.

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“While listening to the song over and over again, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of relief and gratitude for you allowing me to open up and share. That was a huge first for me.”

–Veteran Participant, Songwriting 101 Program


“Wounds That You Can’t See”

Michael Blair, Sean Edmunds, and Christopher Murphy
~ Jerry Vandiver
(Veteran songwriter[s] ~ professional songwriter[s])

Page 1: “Wounds That You Can’t See”
Page 2: “Can’t Remember Everything I Forgot”
Page 3: "Another Day"
Page 4: “Thank You for Your Service”
Page 5: “Hello Out There"

“Wounds That You Can’t See”

Michael Blair, Sean Edmunds, and Christopher Murphy ~ Jerry Vandiver
(Veteran songwriter[s] ~ professional songwriter[s])

I get up out of bed
Shake the demons from my head
And I pray to God that I can take on the day

Put one foot in front of the other
Take one step and then another
And I wonder why it turned out this way

There’s no scars on the outside
But there’s a pain that’s trapped here inside
And I’m doing my best to not let it get the best of me

No one else seems to understand
Just give it all you can
But they don’t know about the wounds that they can’t see

I’ve got buddies that I hold dear
And I lose more every year
But I keep them close in my memory

Cause I’m the one that made it back
And I’m holding on to the fact
That there’s wounds that you can’t see

There’s no scars on the outside
But there’s a pain that’s trapped here inside
And I’m doing my best to not let it get the best of me

No one else seems to understand
Just give it all you can
But they don’t know about the wounds that they can’t see

That’s when I ask God
To help me overcome the odds

Cause there’s no scars on the outside
There’s a pain that’s trapped here inside
And I’m doing my best to not let it get the best of me

No one else seems to understand
Just give it all you can
Cause they don’t know, oh, but I know
About the wounds that they can’t see

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Michael Blair | 
Sergeant, U.S. Army | 8 years of service

Michael Blair
Sergeant, U.S. Army
8 years of service

Sean Edmunds

Sean Edmunds
Corporal, U.S. Army
4 years of service

Christopher Murphy

Christopher Murphy
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
11 years of service


“Can’t Remember Everything I Forgot”

Joe Pawlowski
~ Austin Jenckes and Adam Ollendorff

“Can’t Remember Everything I Forgot”

Joe Pawlowski ~ Austin Jenckes and Adam Ollendorff

Can’t remember everything I forgot
Find myself doing that a lot
I wonder if there’s somewhere I should be
Or if somebody could be waiting on me

People say that I should write it down
So I don’t waste another trip to town
Set the timer on the coffee pot
I can’t remember everything I forgot

There’s a few things that I can’t forget
Lighting up a bloody cigarette
Another hero when he hits the ground
And all the other guys that know that sound

Now I’m home trying to live my life
Chasing kids and loving my wife
Keeping track of all the good I got
I can’t remember everything I forgot

There’s a few things that I can’t forget
Lighting up a bloody cigarette
Another hero when he hits the ground
And all the other guys that know that sound

There’s some people that I may let down
I see their faces when I drive through town
I can’t remember every single name
Still take the time to stop and waive

I can’t remember everything I forgot
Find myself doing that a lot
Keeping track of all the good I got
I can’t remember everything I forgot

It ain’t much, but it’s a lot
I can’t remember everything I forgot

Page 2

Joe Pawlowski

Joe Pawlowski
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
4 years of service

“Another Day”

Briana McCrae Carr
~ Kyshona Armstrong and Aaron Helvig

“Another Day”

Briana McCrae Carr ~ Kyshona Armstrong and Aaron Helvig

When your phone is warmer than the soul on the line
Remember you are stronger, and this is your sign
To hang on, hang on a little longer
Yes, hang on, hang on another day

You may ask yourself, “was it worth holding the line”
Know that you are resilient, and this is your sign
To hang on, hang on a bit longer
Yes, hang on, hang on another day

You can see red, and you can feel blue
Hell, even raise a white flag or two
But I’ve lived to say, I’ve lived to say

I’m a s*** creek survivor, baptized by fire
And I am hell bent on finding my way
I’m a s*** creek survivor, come out aliver
Yes, I’m fighting to see another day
I embraced the suck with a touch of luck
Yes, I’m fighting to see another day

When the healer is the dealer the medicine becomes the vice
Now I’m my biggest defender, or suicide would’ve been the price
22 is just too much to endure
Another one is just too much to endure

When the remedy is too jaded to cure
The healer became the killer, they don’t see us no more
22 is just too much to endure
Another one is just too much to endure

You can see red, and you can feel blue
Hell, even raise a white flag or two
But I’ve lived to say, I’ve lived to say

I’m a s*** creek survivor, baptized by fire
And I am hell bent on finding my way
I’m a s*** creek survivor, come out aliver
Yes, I’m fighting to see another day
I embraced the suck with a touch of luck
Yes, I’m fighting to see another day

Together
We can kill our demons
We will face our fears
We will live with purpose
For those no longer here
Each day is a new lesson
It’s a blessing we’re still here
To fight to see another day

Page 3

Photo credit: Jason Myers
Photo credit: Jason Myers

Briana McCrae Carr
Sergeant, U.S. Army
5 years of service

“Thank You for Your Service”

Michael Bennett
~ Tim Buppert

“Thank You for Your Service”

Michael Bennett ~ Tim Buppert

Waving out the window of a big white box on wheels
I don’t know where or when I’m goin’, not even sure the way I feel
I got a truck load full of questions with no answers anywhere
I’m leaning on the one thing that I know
The lovin’ arms I’m leavin’ here at home

I want to thank you for your service
For everything you do
You never did deserve this
The life I put you through
I can’t imagine where I’d be
A lonely ship still lost at sea
Thank you for your service to me

While I was busy fighting wars far away from home
You were 7,000 miles away with battles of your own
The kids, the car, the house, the yard, you had to do it all
The good Lord gave you strength to make it through
Till the day that I’d be back home to you

I want to thank you for your service
For everything you do
You never did deserve this
The life I put you through
I can’t imagine where I’d be
A lonely ship still lost at sea
Thank you for your service to me

I’d make a wish upon a star when every day was done
To dance through life with you beside me
And babe, you’re still the one

So, thank you for your service
For everything you do
You never did deserve this
The life I put you through
I can’t imagine where’d I’d be
A lonely ship still lost at sea
Thank you for your service
I want to thank you for your service to me

Page 4

Photo credit: Jason Myers
Photo credit: Jason Myers

Michael Bennett
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army
21 years of service


“Hello Out There”

Sandra Cleary, MarciEllen Gerber, Maria Hernandez, and Amanda Tallman
~ Claire Wyndham

“Hello Out There”

Sandra Cleary, MarciEllen Gerber, Maria Hernandez, and Amanda Tallman ~ Claire Wyndham

As a soldier I was strong
As a woman I am stronger
Yet you can’t put a name to my face

I am your mother, I’m your daughter
I’m your sister, I’m your friend
And somehow I feel like I don’t belong in this place

There’s a cost to being invisible
I’m not prepared to pay

Hello out there
Do you see me see me?
I am calling out
Do you hear me hear me?
I got words in my heart
I have dreams, I have scars
Hello out there
Hello out there

Every off-hand comment
Dismissive of my past
Feels like a way to push me back down

Just when I feel like I belong
I get thrown out here again
How long will I be lost before I’m found

Don’t you think I have suffered enough?

Hello out there
Do you see me see me?
I am calling out
Do you hear me hear me?
I got words in my heart
I have dreams, I have scars
Hello out there
Hello out there

My sistren bring me strength
There’s power in our numbers
Yesterday I stood alone
Tomorrow brings what, I wonder?

Hello out there
Do you see me see me?
I am calling out
Do you hear me hear me?
I got words in my heart
I have dreams, I have scars
Hello out there
Hello out there
Hello out there
Hello out there

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marciellen-gerber

MarciEllen Gerber
Hospital Corpsman, U.S. Navy
10 years of service

maria-hernandez

Maria Hernandez
Specialist, U.S. Army
8 years of service

Amanda-tallman

Amanda Tallman
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
10 years of service

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