Joe Jencks

One Piece At A Time

from Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers


Words written for and with the Spokane Warriors Heart to Art participants - Music by Joe Jencks

Hoping for a new start

Trying to find my way

A little bit of rebellion mixed with

Adventure far away

A family tradition

To honor and to serve

The call of duty

Now I’m down to my last nerve

Chorus

Does anybody see me

Does anybody know what I’ve been through

Some folks gave their lives all at once

But I’ve given up my life

One piece at a time

I had a job, I did it well

Tried to trust the chain of command

What in the world was I thinking

Now I walk among the damned

Living on the edge of life and death

You know it takes its toll

The loss of innocence

No stability, no control

Well I second-guess my choices

I “woulda, coulda, shoulda” all the time

But on sleepless nights, that doesn’t help

To find a reason or a rhyme

Picking up the pieces

Honoring the dead

Not much here I understand

And there’s a war inside my head

But I am not expendable

I’m still living with the pain

Yes, there are ways that I survived

But I’m dying every day

Believing that the future

Holds more power than the past

I reach with forgiveness

For a new life I hope will last

So put a candle in the window

Help me see I’m not alone

Though I have changed, I need to know

I’m finally welcome home

Does anybody see me

Does anybody know what I’ve been through

Step by step and day by day I find

I’m taking back my life

Yes, I’m taking back my life

I’m taking back my life

One piece at a time

One piece at a time

© 2014, 2017 - Joe Jencks, Turtle Bear Music, ASCAP

updated: 2 months ago