Patriot 2 (2006)

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Credits:

Matt Fitzgibbons: Words, Music, Arrangement, Lead Vocals, Harmony, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Harmonica, Drums, and Recording

Jay Silverberg: Lead Guitars: Co-Writing of “The True Mark”, Harmony on “The True Mark”, & “Just A Whisper” and Bass on “Remember The Americans”.

Bernadette Fitzgibbons: Harmony on “Freedom”, & “Remember The Americans”.

Gene Calverely: Lead Guitar & Bass on “No One To Blame”.

Rosalie Fitzgibbons (Mom): Violin on “In Deo Speramus”.

To my beautiful wife for her insight, encouragement, patience, enchanting vocals, and for letting me take over the livingroom with music equipment!

Special thanks to Jay Silverberg (Rock Nurse/JJ Silver) without whom this project would not have been possible… for his friendship, dedication of heart, soul, time, energy and great wisdom; aidan & Cheryl Nolan for their friendship and valuable advice; to Chris Young, the Youngs and the Luhmans for their constant support; to Gary Fulton (Wager Studios) for his golden ears and passion; to Gene Calverely, for his friendship & finding time when there was none.

And to everyone in United States’ past and present whose support & defense of our Constitution made this possible. Thank you for my freedom!


Lyrics:

Patriot 2: “A Celebration of Liberty” ©2006, Matt Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

Freedom ©2006 M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

You are… the thing that I hold dear.
You are… the source of every fear.
You are… what all souls would obtain.
You are… what everyone can claim.

And you give me hope
when they let me be
when you let me live life naturally.

When I’m free to choose
whether right or wrong
I’m a little wiser and I’m strong.

You are… what I must give to keep.
You are… alive when I’m asleep.

And you give me hope
when they let me be
when you let me live life naturally.

When I’m free to choose
whether right or wrong
I’m a little wiser and I’m strong.

Oh, and you’re slipping away
drip by drip everyday.

And you give me hope
when they let me be
when you let me live life naturally.

When I’m free to choose
whether right or wrong
I’m a little wiser and I’m strong.

And you give me hope
when they let me be
when you let me live life naturally.

When I’m free to choose
whether right or wrong
I’m a little wiser and my soul is getting strong.


I’ll See You Again ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

I lost you on a distant shore when you were saving someone else
and if anyone was second in your mind it was yourself.

And I don’t blame the uniform, or the reasons you were there
cause I know the kind of soul you are, you went because you care.

And I’ll see you again
though I can’t explain how, and I couldn’t say when.
I can feel you here with me
and it’s stronger than all of the warm memories

Though I’ll miss the laughs I shared with you, and I’ll miss your smile.
I’m glad that I could spend some time with you, for a while… for a while.

Though I can feel you saying I shouldn’t cry for you, I can barely stand.
It’s a harsh reminder one day I’ll die too, and understand.

And I’ll see you again
though I can’t explain how, and I couldn’t say when.
I can feel you here with me
and it’s stronger than all of the warm memories.

I’m sorry for your friends and family,
and I’m sorry for myself.
And I hope the souls you gave your body for
will help somebody else.

And I’ll see you again
though I can’t explain how, and I couldn’t say when.
I can feel you here with me
and it’s stronger than all of the warm memories.

And we’ll see you again
though we can’t explain how, and we couldn’t say when.
I can feel you here with me
and it’s stronger than all of the warm memories.


Remember The Americans © 2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

The telegram came, in the spring of 1943
I was just 18 when my country said that she needed me.
The funny thing is, on my birthday, just the week before
I went downtown in my only suit and joined to fight the war.

My father, he fought in World War One to set Europe free.
Mr. Wilson said he’d fight and spread Democracy.

And he was on his way across the sea
to fight for some stranger’s liberty
And he didn’t know if he’d be back again
He just hoped that they would remember the American men.

But I went to Europe, and was wounded in ’45.
And my brother he went to Tarawa and didn’t come back alive.
All of my town remembers his smile before he left for the war.
And I miss my brother so much, and God he loved the Corps.

And we were on our way across the sea
to fight for some stranger’s liberty
And we didn’t know if we’d be back again
We just hoped that they would remember the Americans.

So many souls have offered their lives for strangers in need
And no one can know its worth like the ones who’ve been freed.

Well I skipped Korea but my son was sent to Vietnam
and he made it home and had a daughter who’s grown to look just like her mom.
And she graduates from the Naval Academy in the spring of next year.
You’ll never meet anyone smarter, and she’s so sincere.

She’ll be on her way across the sea
to fight for some stranger’s liberty
And we won’t know if she’ll be back again
We just hope that you will remember the Americans.


No One To Blame © 2006 M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

I’m tired of hearing
that the end is always nearing,
and how we’re always wrong.

Cause when they talk about our fall
I sometimes think they’ve planned it all
along.

I’m tired of seeing
so many people disagreeing
over what is wrong
or right.

But the worst of moral crimes
is to deny that there are times
to fight.

Do you feel like a fool?
And have you ever been ashamed
because there’s someone else you blame?

You know I feel like a fool
although I’ve never been ashamed,
it seems I’m always being blamed by you.

Do you feel like a fool?
And have you ever been ashamed
because there’s someone else to blame?

You know I feel like a fool
although I’ve never been ashamed,
it seems I’m always being blamed by you.


Private and Free ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

The devil came to me one day
and asked me why I didn’t pray
And I told him he was simply wrong
And as he glanced towards the door
He said, “I didn’t come to lose one more,
you know, I’ve watched you all along”

I said, “You think you know me from things you can see
but my mind at least is private and free”.
That’s what I told him.

Then I thanked him for stopping by
he growled a bit and asked me why.
I told him things were finally clear.
“You see, if you exist then God does too
I guess you didn’t think things through.
It looks like you’re one behind from here”.

I said, “Your days are numbered, that’s your destiny
but my future’s still up to me”.


Speaking With The Dead © 2005, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

Looking in your mind
and waiting for a sign
You’re speaking with the dead
and you don’t see you’re mislead.

Looking in your mind
and waiting for a sign
You’re speaking with the dead
and you don’t see you’re mislead.

What do they show to you?
What do they say you should do?
Do they say what lies ahead?

What do they promise you?
How do you know that it’s true?
Do you even know they’re dead?

Even if it’s true
that the whisper’s not from you
are you sure it’s not a what instead of who?

Looking in your mind
and waiting for a sign
You’re speaking with the dead
and you don’t see you’re mislead.

Looking in your mind
and waiting for a sign
You’re speaking with the dead
and you don’t see you’re mislead.


Just A Whisper ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

If you’re standing on a crossroads
and don’t know which way to go,
you can always ask directions
from your soul.

Some call it just dilliusions
and say that nothing is divine
but that’s only proof they’re listening
to their mind.

And it’s always just a whisper
but it always seems to know
and it says which way to go.

“I’ll hold your hand
I’ll light the way
I’ll tell you everything you need to know today
I’m really you
You’re not the shell you’re in
or all the things you do.”

And if you find you’re down the wrong road,
and you just can’t turn around,
you can always stop and listen
for the sound.

And it’s always just a whisper (whisper)
making new crossroads appear
and you’ll see them when you hear,

“I’ll hold your hand
I’ll light the way
I’ll tell you everything you need to know today
I’m really you
You’re not the shell you’re in
or all the things you do.”

“Remember…

I’ll hold your hand
I’ll light the way
I’ll tell you everything you need to know today
I’m really you
You’re not the shell you’re in
or all the things you do

Remember me!”


Using Both Hands ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

Your BB gun was a world of fun when you were just a little squirt.
You learned the rules of defensive tools so that no one would get hurt

You learned to breathe and you learn to squeeze till your aim was always true
And you made the right of passage, man, with your first real .22.

And now the New World Order crew, well, they’re making their demands
They don’t feel safe if you are armed. You say, “Gun control…is using both hands”.

The Founders knew the 2nd Amendment was the final one to keep
to hold our other rights intact so we’d never become sheep.

Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Amin and Pol Pot,
they told us things that you never forgot
You teach the lessons to your daughters and sons,
to fear the government that fears your guns!

And now the New World Order crew, well, they’re making their demands
They don’t feel safe if you are armed. You say, “Gun control…is using both hands”.

Well I prefer the .308 to the tiny .223
It gives me more than a thousand yards to protect my family!

And now the New World Order crew, well, they’re making their demands
They can pass 100 laws, but we still won’t give a damn.

All our enemies, they know the deal, if they try to take this land
They have no chance if we keep saying, “Gun control…is using both hands”.


In Deo Speramus © 2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

(Instrumental)


The True Mark ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons/Jay Silverberg (ASCAP)

Once or twice in a lifetime,
there are days,
when we see past this life
and the feeling stays.

A little side trip vacation
on the planet Earth.
It’s up to us to choose
what the time is worth.

If we think that we need more
perhaps we should try less,
’cause a smile is the true mark of success

All we do is a hyphen
they carve in stone,
Even that will fade as our spirits roams.

We can’t take our possessions
on the final ride,
but I bet we wear that smile on the other side.

If we think that we need more
perhaps we should try less,
’cause a smile is the true mark

As I take my time and walk this life with ease
I always bring my three kazoos in different keys.

If we think that we need more
perhaps we should try less,
Cause a smile is the true mark of success.


Stand ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

I wonder if you share my passion
to help patriot’s unite,
to learn what we’ve forgotten,
to protect the Bill of Rights

While some say we should trade freedom
for safety in these times,
some betray us in the courtrooms,
and rule saying “God” is a crime.

What can I do?
What can I say?
How can I help us understand the price we’ll pay
If we don’t stand today.

Most of the world would like to see us fall
and tell us how to live.
With all their help from their friends inside
to steal, what we won’t give.

Guard your guns like the Founders warned
and keep the Constitution clear.
Learn to use both instinctively
and fear. And fear.

What can I do?
What can I say?
How can I help us understand the price we’ll pay
If you don’t stand today… Today!


We Were Once Them ©2006, M. Fitzgibbons (ASCAP)

If someone came out of the blue, and
offered a wish to come true, and
guarenteed keeping it’d be the one cost,

would you ask for world fame or wealth, or
infinite youth in good health, or
maybe world peace or some love that you lost?

In much of the world there are souls who
can’t have such fanciful goals, they’re
wishing for something resembling your rights.

And we, we were once them
and we will be again
if we don’t learn
the rights of men.

Well you might say that you’d wish for a
wish to have one million more, but
isn’t the earning a thing why it’s great?

Isn’t it freedom that brings, the
chance to earn of all these things, so
when it comes to our principles, why this debate?

And we, we were once them
and we will be again
if we don’t learn
the rights of men.

They’ll all fade,
lost in a fool’s trade.
We were warned that they would
for some false greater good
we obeyed.

And we, we were once them
and we will be again
if we don’t learn
the rights of men!