Love & Be Proud

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A two part perspective about distance in relationships, partly inspired by seeing some of my students graduate, become soldiers, and write to me during their tours in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars...

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“Love and Be Proud”

We went to see a movie before we
Split a bottle of cheap champagne
The film was about a soldier who kept his
Worried gun well maintained

He always kept a Bible in his
Front pocket to save his heart
He wrote his wife a letter while the
Sky was ripped apart

And it said there will
Always be sunshine
Always be rain
We can count all of our blessings
Or we could sit here and complain

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud.

We went for a long walk
[It was] quite cold for late July
And every step you took
[Felt like a] question in disguise

Why must we, why must we
say goodbye so soon
I would trade all my money
For just another chance in June


There always will be sunshine
Always will be rain
We can count all of our blessings
Or we could sit here and complain

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud...

There will always be oceans
Always be land
I can still remember your touch
Even if I can’t hold your hand

There always will be blue skies
Even if there are a few clouds
I can’t always be there
But I will always love you and be proud.

credits

from Where the Sand Meets the Tide, released November 1, 2011
Mike Vial - vocals, acoustic guitar
Stuart Tucker - drums
Leon Furs - bass, Fender Rhodes

Recorded and produced by moon:and:6 at Catherine North Studios, Ontario, Canada

Special thanks to Marcone for editing help.

Mastered by Joe Lambert Studios

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Mike Vial Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mike Vial is a singer-songwriter from Michigan. He drinks too much coffee, plays Heritage and Taylor guitars, teaches guitar lessons at Dixboro Guitar, and tries to take his dog for two walks every day between a busy gig schedule, and his baby's nap schedule. ... more

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