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WHILE I'M AWAY (Words and Music 2003 G. Smith / H. Ford) Herb Ford We gathered together, My bags packed to go. We knew I'd be leaving, In an hour or so. I hugged my young son, Looked him square in the eye, And whispered these words, As he started to cry: Chorus 1: While I'm away, - Try to be brave; Do all your chores, - I know you'll behave. I don't want to go, but this has to be done, So do all you can to help your mama, now son. That's all there is, - There's no more to say, Except that I'll love you, - While I'm away. My wife stood beside me, Holding back tears, But her smile couldn't hide, Her pride and her fears. I held her tightly, Not wanting to leave, And I said, as her hand Traced the stripes on my sleeve: Chorus 2: While I'm away, - I know you'll be strong; No matter the distance, - No matter how long. I don't want to go, but this has to be done, I want some other way, but there just isn't one. That's all there is, - There's no more to say, Except that I'll love you, - While I'm away. Instrumental Break The call came down, For us to form up; With just enough time, For kiss and a hug. She passed me a note I read later that day, And when I close my eyes I can just hear her say: Chorus 3: While you're away, - Do all you can, To try not to worry We're all in God's hand; I don't want you going, but this has to be done, I want some other way, but there just isn't one. That's all there is, - There's no more to say, Except that I'll love you, - While you're away.

    


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