Make It Back Home

from by Nikki Lynette

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I thought my heart was gonna stop, everything was a blur, mind raced so my words ran together til they slurrrred
I asked "Are u serious?" He said "Very." My baby brother just said he joined the military. Time stood still, its was real, my feelings feeling they'd spill like oil we drilling that the reason soldiers kill. Your 50/50 shot of getting out the hood or not was fulfilled, my only fear was that you wouldn't fall ill, or rack up too many bills, or knock up a cheap thrill, now what you're doing makes me wish u didn't have a free will. Is that selfish? I feel so helpless. He told me u that u had to go cuz he's been living reckless. I said "Is it too late to change your mind?" He didnt wanna. I asked "Did u go tell momma yet?" He said "I'm gonna." I said "Don't u know where they're gonna make you go?" He said "I'll tell u all about it when I make it back home."

Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home...make it home.

After years of protecting you the best that I can, all the times we crossed the street while I was holding your hand, after teaching u to fight and watching u become a man you signed up with Uncle Sam and leaving me where I stand. You can call it god's plan, fighting for your homeland, like you can call Autumn Fall or call Persia Iran, but when its all over al that I can understand is my brother's going to fight a war in a foreign land. I hate this but I'm facing it, the war between the nations, my lil bro embraced it now I'm forced to be a patriot. Suddenly my make up kit can't pretty up the face I get when my mascara's mixing in the tears that made the stains with it. But I love you. So I support you. I promise when you need me I'll be here for you. So don't forget the promise that u made me on the phone when u promised me in honestly u'd make it back home.

Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home...make it home.

So if u hear me in the east, if your on the frontline, please don't hurt the boy with the face like mine. Cuz if you take him the u're killing me, a civilian who's living in the shadow of a waving flag and the Statue of Liberty. Please don't hurt my brother, he's the only man that loves me with no condidtions limiting the things he does for me. Cuz if he wasn't with me there'd be no men left to trust, so I'd perish from earth in a gust of wind and dust. But if you send him back to me then just maybe my family would finally live on happily the way we always wanted. Happily ever after up until the closing chapter, when the ending credits rolling we're still smiling for the camera. So Vince, if u're listening, I'm just saying I'll miss u when the time comes I can't reach you by picking up the phone. I've never asked a lot from you, the only thing you've got to do is what you promised, bring your ass back home

Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home to you baby.
Gonna make it back home to you baby,
Gonna make it back home...make it home.

credits

from The Strong Survive (EP), track released September 14, 2010
Written, produced, and performed by Nikki Lynette
Mixed by Matt Hennessy for VSOP Studios
Bass by Matthew Longbons
Guitar by Geoff Siebold

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