Spirit of the Badge

Three Inspirational Police Songs

 

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"Dancing in December"

Words and Music by Ellen Driesbaugh

Arrangement by Dave Hab

Mandolin part by Fred Bogert

"Dancing In December." Heartbreaking and beautifully rendered - a major contender for the top slot. The women's view, mother's view - magnificently told. From the most tenderest opening lines I've heard for a long time this sad spinning weave unwraps itself with dignity, grace and elegance marking at last the widows role in these unforgiving times. -- John Tams

 

 

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Dancing in December

 

We had no shame
Dancing in December
In the freezing rain
With no scarves we felt the bite
Warmed up in the flames
Of soft and sparkling embers
Bared our hearts for days
In the hue of Christmas time

Chorus

But you'd be gone one year
You ran your fingers through my hair
Tried to dry the tears
That's what lovers do

V2

We felt the pain
Devoted in December
You boarded a plane
That flew you towards demise
They had no shame
Fighting in December
Mortar fell like rain
From a desert purple sky

Chorus

You'd be gone one year
You ran your fingers through my hair
Tried to rest my fears
That's what heroes do

V3

Still felt the same
In late September
When choosing her name
‘Cause that's what families do
Alone we traveled home
Where I tucked her in your uniform
As I held her close
I wondered if you knew

V4

Tried to refrain
From folding your dress blues away
But I buried a bronze star
In a wounded purple heart
‘Cause it would never redeem love
Or compensate the loss of you
Never gleam enough
For the child you never knew

Chorus

You would have loved her song
Lullabyed her fears away
Taught her to stand strong
That's what fathers do

Tag

We knew no shame
Dancing in December
Mortar fell like rain
From deserted purple skies

Copyright March 2007
Ellen C. Driesbaugh
All Rights Reserved


"I'd Give You Mine"

Words and Music by Ellen Driesbaugh

Arrangement by Brad S. Warren

2nd Guitar Part by Fred Bogert

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V1

Your song was all
Composed to be
Creation’s lullaby
Every season has its promise
Every blessing has its time
And as it would happen, child
You were called to be mine
I would be your mother
If only for a while

V2

Intentions of perfection
Sometimes faded in my lack
I know I made mistakes, you see
And some I can’t take back
I thought I’d be your wisdom, baby
Ah but you were mine
The touch of a tiny hand
Suspends my love forever in time

Chorus

You were born to break the silence
You were born to paint the rain
You were born to heal the sadness, baby
Born to break the chain
I can’t help but feel what God feels
Protecting what’s divine
And if you had no guardian angel, baby
I would give you mine

V3

I try to shield an aching heart
A desperate world is calling you
Will the lightening strike the thunder
Will the sky spill shades of blue?!
Perhaps I’m very selfish, child
Perhaps consumed with love
But summer came so quickly
And I don’t want to give you up

Chorus

You were born to be the music
Born be the light
Born to be the freedom
Through you the heavens shine
I can’t help but feel what God feels
Protecting what’s divine
And if you had no guardian angel, child
I would give you mine

Chorus

You were born to break the silence
Born to paint the rain
Born to sing your reason, baby
Born without restrain
I’ll always be your mother, child
Our hearts remain entwined
You belong to the Holy Spirit
You belong to the Great Design

Tag

And if you had no guardian angel, baby
I would give you mine

Copyright March 2007
Ellen C. Driesbaugh
All Rights Reserved


"Noble Steel"

Words and Music by Ellen Driesbaugh

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V1
Uncertainty and chance
Walk the beat hand in hand
When you hear the call
To serve your fellow man

V2
A choice of either life or death
No time to gauge the cost
A breath may bare the moment
That a second chance is lost

Chorus
Only a fallen comrade
Can break a heart of steel
Flowered wreaths adorn the photographs
Stately bagpipes drone in tears

Only a fellow comrade
Can truly know the things you see
But I hope you still see goodness
And pray your heart knows peace

V3

Of all the varied travelers
Who found shelter in decree
"What you've done unto others, child
You've done unto me"

V4

The stories they all tell
Guardians who now dwell
Around the gates of heaven
As they slam the gates to hell

Chorus
Only a fallen comrade
Can replay the last ordeal
Hallowed sidewalks
Recant the footsteps
Of a noble badge of steel

Only a fellow comrade
Can break a heart of steel
Hallowed sidewalks
Recant the footsteps
Of a noble badge of steel

Copyright March 2007
Ellen C. Driesbaugh
All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

Synchronistic events offer us perceptions that may be useful in our psychological and spiritual growth and may reveal to us, through intuitive knowledge, that our lives have meaning.
-- Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD,
The Tao of Psychology, p.7