The Ring

 
       
 
Dec 05, 2018, 05:36 PM

I saw the post titled The Soldier.
It reminded me of a song I wrote with Derrick Procell a while back.
The Ring was inspired by a picture I saw of Travis Babbitt, a soldier killed in a gun battle outside of Baghdad in 2004. It showed him on a gurney being wheeled in the OR in the Green Zone.  His left hand was hanging off the gurney and you could see his wedding ring. He died. He was 24.
That seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

. Although it is sad, the song was intended to celebrate the sacrifice our soldiers have made and the sanctity of love, family and the belief in a higher power.

Just remember, the war in the middle east is still not really over as we have have soldiers in Afghanistan.
And we still hear saber rattling, don’t we?

It is not overtly a political song, but it does carry a message: I think a song like this, at its best, makes us think twice before doing/saying/thinking anything that glorifies war.

You can hear it at


http://soundcloud/derrick-procell/the-ring


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The Ring
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Verse1)

If you look inside the paper, there’s a picture you will see
Of a soldier shot and bloody, the caption says it’s me.
I can’t believe they published it, to shock you as you grieve…But there it is


I want you to take a closer look, on my left hand you’ll see,
What kept me going every day, the ring you gave to me
The ring that said we’d share our breaths, into eternity …And there it is.


Chorus)

It’s the ring that you gave to me, like the one I gave to you.
It’s the ring you slipped onto my finger when we said “I do”.
It’s the ring I’d stop to look at when I had to think of home
It’s the ring that meant I did not die alone.


Verse2)

I could feel it everywhere I went, No matter what I did.
What it meant was always on my mind, No matter what I said.
No glove or grime could hide it, Like the Princess and the Pea ….And there it is.


So put it on a chain and wear it, ‘round your pretty neck.
The neck I used to taste and kiss before this horrid mess.
Remember that my love for you does not end with my death…And there it is.


Chorus)

It’s the ring that you gave to me, like the one I gave to you.
It’s the ring you slipped onto my finger when we said “I do”.
It’s the ring I’d stop to look at when I had to think of home
It’s the ring that meant I did not die alone.


Bridge

As I live inside your memory and in our children’s too,
Please move on and live a happy life, that’s what I want for you,
I thank God for what you gave me, and this I swear is true
I will always watch over you…


Chorus)

It’s the ring that you gave to me, like the one I gave to you.
It’s the ring you slipped onto my finger when we said “I do”.
It’s the ring I’d stop to look at when I had to think of home
It’s the ring that meant I did not die alone.

 
     
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Dec 05, 2018, 05:39 PM

Hi:
I meant, I saw the lyrics to American Soldier, not The soldier.
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Dec 05, 2018, 05:42 PM

AND, use this link to hear The Ring


http://soundcloud.com/derrick-procell/the-ring

 
     
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Dec 05, 2018, 08:20 PM

Hello Steven,

Thank you for sharing this.  As I swallow this lump in my throat, all I can say is Wonderful write.  Best wishes,

Speak soon,

Music is an international language, say it with a song.

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Dec 06, 2018, 12:59 PM

Thanks Deacon
I admit: I get tear-y eyed every time I read/hear it.

Music can be very powerful, we all know that.
I have wondered what would happen to our collective gestalt about war if songs like this were performed to a broad audience.
There is no doubt that what we see and hear in the media shapes our opinion about war.
This song is inspired by an image that is singular in nature ( check it out: Travis Babbitt photo taken by John Moore November 9, 2004)
It is discussed in a great article titled “Unseen Pictures, Untold Stories” written by James Rainey, LA Times staff writer, May 21,2005

Our tears show our humanity.
Peace
Steve Bines

 
     
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