The Story of We

The Book and Music CD

Lyrics - Songs From the Story of We


FREEDOM IS A PLACE
Written by Pierre de Wet
Michael Curtis & Kelly Doherty
Performed by Michael Curtis

Bound by this land
Family, past and faith
Worked with our hands
It was just our way

We wasted nothing
And we filled our roles
We trusted Jesus
To save our souls

Resistant to change
And the future coming fast
We lived for today
We learned from our past

Respected our elders
But we went our own way
Time it has taught us
Now we can say

Freedom is knowing
You belong to a place
You keep on growin’
‘Til you run out of space

Don’t stop workin’
‘Til the job is done
And keep on chasin’ your dreams
‘Til freedom’s won

Across the ocean
Our dreams had flown
No matter where your heart is
Or where you call home

 

If you have a vision
And you don’t lose sight
You stick to the mission
‘Til you get it right

Freedom is knowing
You belong to a place
You keep on growin’
‘Til you run out of space

You don’t stop workin’
‘Til the job is done
And keep on chasin’ your dreams
‘Til freedom’s won
Yeah, you keep on chasing your dreams
For the only One...the only One


THE CALL

Written by Curtis Wright and Buck Moore
Performed by Curtis Wright

The postmark on the letter was 12-3-18
Velma was a Texas girl - she was a soldier’s dream
It said meet me at the station
We’ll spend Christmas in Fort Worth
I wanna hold you in my arms
I can’t wait to see you girl

(it said) Go down to Union Station Sunday at noon
And find the station master - he’ll have a call for you
We can start forever over - we’ll be together after all
Oh girl, if you still love me
Then be waiting for the call

So she packed a cardboard suitcase
With a few essential things
Then slipped into his favorite dress
And her grandma’s wedding ring
She asked the master for the time
And sat down on the bench

Then she pulled out the letter
And read his words again

(it said) Go down to Union Station Sunday at noon
And find the station master - he’ll have a call for you
We can start forever over - we’ll be together after all
I love you now and always
So be waiting for the call

Sundays came and Sundays went, but her call never came
Something died inside her and she’s never been the same
Wounded in foreign country he began another world
He said her name is Velma when they had their baby girl

Well, it’s been over 40 years since a train’s come through
But she goes down to Union Station every Sunday afternoon
And stares at where the pay phone
Still hangs upon the wall
And reads a faded letter...

True lovers now and always
They’ll be together after all
And they’ll start forever over
She’s just waiting for the call
Waiting for the call...


FOREVER CHILD

Written by Pierre de Wet, Linda Davis and Michael Curtis
Performed by Linda Davis

All little children are gifts from the Lord
We like to brag and to boast
Some said she’s different, but to our family
She’s more of a blessing than most

Daddy’s little princess, Mama’s angel
A heaven sent sister to me
Her prayer lullaby so soft and tender
Brings back a sweet melody
Dance with me Zannie, sway to the music

God loves the way that you smile
And in His heart of grace
There’s always a place
For the Forever Child

When you walk in you light up a room
Your eyes like diamonds they shine
That smile leads me into your perfect world
I’m thankful you’re not tangled in mine

No worries, no doubt, no fear in your mind
You bring out the best in us all
The old stereo plays a song we both know
Let’s make believe we’re at the ball

Dance with me Zannie, sway to the music
God loves the way that you smile
And in His heart of grace
There’s always a place
For the Forever Child

Heaven holds a place for those
Innocent hearts so true
One day I know on streets of pure gold
I’ll walk up and ask this of you

Dance with me Zannie, sway to the music
God loves the way that you smile
And in His heart of grace
There’s always a place
For the Forever Child


OLD GUN
Written by Michael Curtis and Pierre de Wet
Performed by Nathan Osmond

One day while at my grandma’s
Going through the cedar chest
Wrapped up in a blanket
After years it came to rest

Was my grandpa’s .30-30
And a few single shells
And I knew if it could talk to me
What a story it would tell

Well she handed me the gun oil
And a rag to wipe it down
I couldn’t wait to get it clean
I couldn’t wait to hear the sound
So I ran out in a hay field
And looking through those sights
The world took on a different view
And Grandpa’s came alive

He was soldier in World War II
Defended the red, white and blue
He hunted down by Big Buck Creek
We always had a bite to eat
It’s a family heirloom
You could never buy or sell
If that old gun could talk to me
What a story it would tell

Well grandma sure was smiling
When I came back to the house
Seeing you there with that gun
Sure makes me proud
Like your grandpa and his grandpa
I want you to pass it on
Then you all will come alive again
When your grandson comes along

He was soldier in World War II
Defended the red, white and blue
He hunted down by Big Buck Creek
We always had a bite to eat
It’s a family heirloom
You could never buy or sell
If that old gun could talk to me
What a story it could tell

If that old gun could talk to me
What a story it could tell
That old gun


TOUCH
Written by Aaron Barker
Performed by Marty Raybon

If tomorrow all my senses
Faded into black
And if someone said now take your pick
Which one would you want back

You could either feel the things you touch
Or smell the world outside
Would you rather hear the ocean
Or see it with your eyes

Touch...I take touch
Cause I can’t think of anything that I would miss as much
As touching you and feeling you
Touch

I would know you’re beautiful
If I never saw your face
Your kisses would be sweet as wine
Even without taste

And I could feel you whisper
Even if I couldn’t hear
And I would miss your subtle scent
But still the choice is clear

Touch...I take touch
‘Cause I can’t think of anything that I would miss as much
As touching you and feeling you
Touch

There are only two things in this world
I never want to lose
One would be my sense of touch
The other would be you

No I can’t think of anything
That I would miss so much
As touching you
And feeling you...Touch
Touching you and feeling you
Touch


DADDY’S LOVE
Written by Velmay Power and Michael Curtis
Performed by Hannah Jacobs

I tried to get away with things when I was a kid
Daddy said I might not see it child
But God did

At times I didn’t like it
But with the fear of God in me
It made me who I am today
And I truly believe

Daddy’s love true and strong
No matter what you put him through
He holds on
Life may try to beat him down
But he’ll always rise above
There’s nothing in this world
Like daddy’s love

He taught us how to be ladies
In a man’s world
He didn’t care much for boys
When it came to his baby girls

But yet he bought the dresses
We wore to the dance
It wasn’t from the boys
That we learned true romance

Daddy’s love true and strong
No matter what you put him through
He holds on
Life may try to beat him down
But he’ll always rise above
There’s nothing in this world
Like daddy’s love

Though mom was not around
There’s one thing I know
Though it took him double time
He gladly did the role

I grew up and got married and had a child of my own
And when he looks into my baby’s eyes
I know that it goes on

Daddy’s love true and strong
No matter what you put him through
He holds on
Life may try to beat him down
But he’ll always rise above
There’s nothing in this world

If I could have a wish
I know what mine would be
That everyone in the world
Could have a daddy like me


DOG TAGS ON MY CHEST
Written by Pierre de Wet and Michael Curtis
Performed by Collin Raye

I met him in a foxhole
In the midst of a fiery hell
We both shared a burning pain
One we both knew well

Of women waitin’ back home
We shared pictures and a smile
Then I dreamed myself back in your arms
And I stayed there for a while

I heard our song a playin’
If only in my mind
As we danced, I kissed your lips
It took me back in time

You and I made love ‘til morning
And where you laid your head to rest
Your hair flowed across my body
Like these dog tags on my chest

Then the bombs fell
It was back to hell
We charged as the bullets flew
And the only thing
That I could pray
God would get me back to you

Those tender arms that long for mine
Make it all worth fightin’ for
You kept me alive all this time
You’re what’ll get me through this war

Until we’re makin’ love again
Baby I won’t rest
Til you‘re layin’ across my body
Like these dog tags on my chest 

Til you‘re layin’ across my body
Like these dog tags on my chest
Like these dog tags on my chest 


ONE IN A WORLD
Written by Michael Curtis and Steve Melton
Performed by Michael Curtis

I’ve known some ladies
Called them baby
But I’ve never had a woman
Do me like you do

I’ve seen some good times
Been through some bad times
All I ever wanted
Was a lover like you

My prayers have been answered
And I thank the Lord
I dreamed of angel
You’re all that more
I could search the world over
But I’m telling you girl
You’re not one in a million
You’re one in a world

If I write for ages
Words down on pages
I’ll never describe you baby
With paper and pen

We’re making a love song
It keeps going on and on and on and on and on
And baby I don’t ever
I don’t want it to end

My prayers have been answered
And I thank the Lord
I dreamed of angel
You’re all that more
I could search the world over
But I’m telling you girl

You’re not one in a million
You’re one in a world
Yes you are

My prayers have been answered
And I thank the Lord
I dreamed of angel
You’re all that more
So much more
I could search the world over
But I’m telling you girl
You’re not one in a million
You’re one in a world

The whole wide world
You’re not one in a million baby
You’re one in a world
Yes you are baby


FROM A GOD TO A FRIEND
Written by Pierre de Wet
Performed by Nathan Osmond

From a God to a friend
From arrogance to your will, I ask
Help me be just what you need
You are the king of my heart

From a God to a friend
With no regrets I turn to you, my Lord
I can talk to you any time
You are the king of my heart

For just a little while
Satan had me doubt your love
Then just in time I used the power of your name

From a God to a friend
From arrogance to your will, I ask
Help me be just what you need
You are the king of my heart

For just a little while
Satan had me doubt your love
Then just in time I used the power of your name

From a God to a friend
From arrogance to your will, I ask
I let go, but you held me tight
You are the king of my heart


IF TEXAS WERE A WOMAN
Written by Pierre de Wet and Michael Curtis
Performed by Marty Raybon

Blue skies with no limits
Starry nights full of dreams
An open range for you to chase them
She means everything to me

She’s rough and rowdy with style and grace
She’s chaps and leather, but soft as lace
She’s sweet twin fiddles in a cowboy band
If Texas were a woman I’d wanna be her man

She’s Latin rhythm to a western swing
A desert sunset makes me want to sing
A piece of heaven sent from above
She’s all a man needs to fall in love

She’s rough and rowdy with style and grace
She’s chaps and leather, but soft as lace
She’s sweet twin fiddles in a cowboy band
If Texas were a woman I’d wanna be her man

There’s no place on Earth I’d rather be
And when she wraps you in her loving arms
You’ll never want to leave

She’s rough and rowdy with style and grace
She’s chaps and leather, but soft as lace
She’s sweet twin fiddles in a cowboy band
If Texas were a woman I’d wanna be her man
If Texas were a woman I’d wanna be her man


ANGELS NEED ANGELS TOO
Written by Pierre de Wet and Dillon Dixon
Performed by Dillon Dixon

So trusting and oh so small
We were together and left it all
All we knew was left behind
In hope for something of a better kind
Always a joy without one regret
Heaven had a good plan in mind

When you, you angels
Gave me your hands to hold
You, you angels
Gave me a story to tell the world
Today, tomorrow, as life goes through
Angels up high above look down at you and thank you
Cause angels need angels too

Now you look at life with perfect hope
And always know that you can cope
Lots of work, little time to play
Just like the angels do day by day
Yeah we’re lifelines to each other
And someone’s smiling looking down from above

When you, you angels
Gave me your hands to hold
You, you angels

Gave me a story to tell the world
Today, tomorrow, as life goes through
Angels up high above look down at you and thank you
Cause angels need angels too

With a walk down the aisle all grown up
To say I’m proud wouldn‘t be enough
Knowing you’ve always known you‘re never alone
No one’s crying cause you‘re out on your own
The angels dry their tears of joy
They’ll forever be by her side

When you, you angels
Gave me your hands to hold
You, you angels
Gave me a story to tell the world
Today, tomorrow, as life goes through
Angels up high above look down at you and thank you
Cause angels need angels too


FLYIN’ HIGH
Written by Pierre de Wet and Michael Curtis
Performed by Marty Raybon

Life has it’s start and it must end
It’s where eternity begins
These earthly realms
I’ll no more roam
I’ve earned my wings
I’m going home

Put others first
I did my best
Now my work is done
It’s time rest

To join God’s angels
In their song
I’ve earned my wings
I’m going home

Each feather tells a different story
Of joy and pain about the glory
Now all through Heaven I’m going to sing
I’ve made it home
I’ve earned my wings

My debt was paid
By Jesus’ blood
Now I’m wrapped in
His arms of love
Don’t let this be
A sad goodbye
I’ve earned my wings
It’s time to fly

Each feather tells a different story
Of joy and pain about the glory
Now all through Heaven I’m going to sing
I’ve made it home
I’ve earned my wings

Don’t let this be
A sad goodbye
I’ve earned my wings
I’m flying high


THE IMMIGRANT
Written by Billy Lawson
Performed by Marty Raybon

When he came to Ellis Island he was barely ten
He had a picture of his mama and a big ol’ Italian grin
He went to work shining shoes in the New York City streets
Slept in an alley just happy to be free

Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
A stranger to this land
All he’d brought with him was two hard working hands

Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
An immigrant he was
There’s a little bit of an immigrant in everyone of us

He turned eighteen in the wagon of a mule train
headed south
They’d crossed the Hudson River, then the Cumberland Gap
It was there he met a maiden by the Tombigbee
And they say she’s the reason that I look Cherokee

Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
A stranger to this land
All he’d brought with him was two hard working hands
Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
An immigrant he was
There’s a little bit of an immigrant in everyone of us

He built him a cabin nestled in some pines
A warm place for the baby that was due at anytime
And I can only imagine just how proud he was
To see his first generation born in America

Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
A stranger to this land
All he brought with him was two hard working hands
Grandpa’s grandpa was an immigrant
An immigrant he was
There’s a little bit of an immigrant in every one of us
Yeah he lived the example for every one of us


THE FLAG
Written by Pierre de Wet and Michael Curtis
Performed by Michael Curtis

He was just a boy of seven
Barely in school
And looking up to heaven
He saw the old red, white and blue

He placed his hand across his heart
And said that pledge with pride
And a storm of proud emotions started welling up inside

By the time he turned eighteen
Said he’d made his choices
It had been his dream to join the armed forces
Swore to defend that flag until his dying day
And every time he saw her flying
He would look at me and say

From every creed and color no matter poor or rich
It took love and lots of blood sown in every stitch
She’s a priceless work of art not just some painted rag
Only God knows the cost it took to buy the Flag

One early frosty morning
He got his battle plan
And it came without warning
He’d made his final stand

What they sent to me was more
Than a body in a bag
You see I’m a child that traded
His daddy for the Flag

From every creed and color no matter poor or rich
It took blood and lots of love sown in every stitch
She’s a priceless work of art not just some painted rag
And only God knows the cost it took to buy the Flag
Yeah, only God knows the cost it took to buy the Flag

I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the Republic
For which it stands
One nation, under God, indivisible
With liberty and justice for all


THE STORY OF WE
Written by Pierre de Wet and Michael Curtis
Performed by Bryan White

I had a farm in Africa and prayed
All the crops would get rain
And we never dreamed that our path would lead us
Off the African plains

Fate came along and dealt us a blow  
The pain of a hard tragedy
Me and two baby girls
And a whole new world  
Began the Story of We

Texas had roses, Italians and cowboys
And that’s where we made our home
So many times work would take me
Away from my girls and me being gone
It was the hardest thing I’d ever do
I spent lots of time on my knees
But nothing could shake the love we had
As we built the Story of We
 
And the crops grew and we all grew
And became who we are today
And looking back now it’s plain to see
God works in mysterious ways
 
The roads we’ve been down at times hard and rocky
Were part of His master plan
There were times he sent many angels
To chart our course by His hands

Our lives have been built by hard work and faith
The kids…the grandkids...and me
As life goes on, we add to the pages
And thus is the Story of We
And this is the Story of We


GOLDEN THREAD
Written by Marnelle Durrett and Dillon Dixon
Performed by Curtis Wright

His hands were made for workin’
Has what he has from learnin’
Learning to let go of mistakes
When things aren’t going great

He’s not afraid of failure
Won’t let God be a stranger
Lives in the name of peace and faith
Gives thanks with grace

He’s a golden thread
The one who holds it all together
Standing on a rock of love and happiness
Every road ahead
However far they go
Just take his hand
And he’ll help you along

Wholehearted with compassion
A farmer and a craftsman
Letting nature take its way
Living day by day

He’ll love you like you’re family
Help you if you’re hurting
Lift you up out of that hole
You’ve dug for your soul

He’s a golden thread
The one who holds it all together
Standing on a rock of love and happiness
Every road ahead
However far they go
Just take his hand
And he’ll help you along

He’s a golden thread
The one who holds it all together
Standing on a rock of love and happiness
Every road ahead
However far they go
Just take his hand
And he’ll help you along