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Mark Schultz: Letters from War



About the song:
Album: Stories & Songs
Released: 2003
Writing Credits: Mark Schultz and Cindy Morgan
Label: Word Records
Length: 4:15

The story: a young man leaves his home to fight a war and faithfully exchanges letters with his mother. In the heat of a battle, he puts his life on the line in order to save another, and becomes a POW.

My thoughts: the first time I heard this song – and actually listened to the lyrics, I remember the heartwarming impact it made on me. It isn’t really a song I can relate to but it doesn’t have to be: it’s just good songwriting. Anyone who is a proud American will definitely understand the significance of the lyrics. The soaring instrumental music transports us although I don’t think it is Mark’s best vocal performance, he still does the profound lyrics justice.

Letters from War is a song of hope and tells the message we want every American family to experience who has a loved one fighting – for every person who stood up and fought to preserve American freedom; it sets up the metaphorical reunion scene every family longs for. I love the song for its inspiration and compelling look at heroism. Today the definition of that is often confused with something it shouldn’t be. Patriotism shouldn’t be limited to a day that, to most people just means picnic baskets and fireworks but instead actually reflect what Independence Day means to us – what the Founding Fathers may have intended. Mark captures a lot of hopeful emotions in this ballad and for that reason the song is a very real, honest one.

The lyrics: …she wrote to him every night as she prayed… her tears stained the paper with every word that she read, it said: I was up there alone, I was out there alone when the shots all rang out, bombs were exploding and that’s when I saw him, he came back for me and though he was captured, a man set me free – that man was your son, he asked to write to you, I told him I would, oh, I swore. It was the last of the letters from war…
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  1. I've had this song stuck in my head for days! The first few times I heard it, I teared up. It's so beautiful! The music video of it is very good, too.

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  2. That is a beautiful, beautiful song!! I love it! The first times I heard it...I bawled my eyes out

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  3. Rissi, since I don't have an e-mail for you, I gave to type an off comment on this post....SORRY!

    While at the library, I saw a great looking Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and decided to get it..."Loving Leah." I watched and really liked it. Then I looked on Charity's Place. Let's just say I laughed when I saw that the review was done by you ;-) Do we have similar tastes or what?!

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  4. Hayden - it is a beautiful song. I don't know that it's my favorite vocal performance from Mark, but the lyrics are really touching. I actually just watched the video the other day and it was good.

    I am so glad you dropped by, Hayden! I went to leave a couple comments on your blog a while back and something must be off with how our blogs are set up because the comment form on your blog wouldn't let me... well... comment. Anyway, your blog has a lot of fun stuff. (And, I love "Tangled.") Thanks for visiting - stop by again.

    Ella - I heard this song and really thought nothing of it UNTIL I actually LISTENED to the lyrics: they are so heartwarming.

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE that movie! I remember seeing it on TV and being totally enchanted by it - my aunt thought it was strange but I thought "Loving Leah" was one of Hallmark's best. =) It makes me laugh to discover how many similar things we both like! I am so pleased someone else liked it (I must watch my copy again). Perhaps I'll polish my review and post it in the next couple weeks... and I hope we'll get one from you, too. =D

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  5. You shall ;-) Only if you comment your thoughts. LOL

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  6. Oh! Come on, Ella; you are going to post a review ONLY if I promise to coment - that hardly seems fair! LOL! Just kidding. =D I'll be looking forward to your thoughts in more detail.

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  7. This is such a beautiful, lovely, sad, yet happy song. :) I just LOVE it!!! It brings tears to my eyes every time I here it- and don't cry at ANY type of movie or song!

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  8. This song does capture all the right "emotions" that a song needs - the lyrics do an excellent job of seeing to that.

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  9. I love this song so, so much!! I had watched it probably two times but the third time, I cried. It's such a touching song and I love how the story unfolds - there's a book out based on this song; it has the same title.

    ~Rachel <3
    www.ramblingsbyrachel.blogspot.com

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  10. This is a beautiful song! Like you, I do not think I truly "felt" its message until after multiple plays from the CD. It isn't Mark's best vocal performance, but the lyrics are great. =)

    Thank you SO much for following my blog, Rachel! And for commenting - reading my readers opinions makes it more worth blogging! I hope you check in often. =)

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