Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

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The War of 1812

Written By: Lauren Smith

1812 Oakwood Road
Same little clapboard house among the trees
The tire swing I made all those years ago
Still sways and spins in the autumn breeze
Every plank and every nail have stories they could tell
Of battles won and lost in the war of 1812

Chorus:
In those walls lines were drawn
In those rooms war was waged
We took no prisoners, gave no ground
Kids caught in the crossfire of our rage
We turned our little piece of heaven into hell
There were no winners in the war of 1812

In my truck beside the gravel drive
I'm shaking with heartache and regret
Trying to recall how we let it go so far
That so much sorrow is left
It would all be different if I could turn back time
But in the end only the house survived

Bridge:
And I can hear the screen door rattle like it did that April day
Filled with little faces watching Daddy drive away

Half Chorus:
The house on Oakwood Road is just an empty shell
And there were no winners in the war of 1812

In His Hands

Written By: Lauren Smith

One Sunday morning there was smoke above the town
I was ten years old the day our church burned to the ground
Folks prayed among the ashes and some began to cry
But the preacher raised his voice and held his Bible high

Chorus:
It's just a church, just bricks and wood
We've got our faith and God is good
He don't need walls, a roof or floor
Just our hearts and nothing more
Some things are hard to understand
But there ain't no doubt we're in His hands

Then in '98 it rained and didn't let up for days
The creek broke through the levy and swept the crops away
My wife and I gazed helpless at the storm clouds overhead
When I asked what we would do she took my hand and said

Chorus:
It's just a field, just dirt and seeds
The Lord provides all that we need
It's still our land, you're still my wife
We've got our kids, we've got our life
Some things are hard to understand
But there ain't no doubt we're in His hands

Bridge:
Last year Ma took sick and the doc just shook his head
I spent the next two weeks sitting with her by her bed
I couldn't bear to think I'd never see my Mom again
But she said now honey, this is not the end

Chorus:
It's just life, it moves along
And in a moment it is gone
We are born, live out our days
With luck we find love on the way
Some things are hard to understand
But there ain't no doubt I'm in His hands

Tag:
We're all part of a bigger plan
And there ain't no doubt we're in His hands

That's What Neighbors Do

Written By: Lauren Smith

A little lost Angus stuck deep in the mud
Rope wrapped around her we pulled with all our might
Daddy swore, that heifer bawled but she wouldn't budge
Then an old John Deere rumbled into sight

Mr. Wills just grinned and freed that cow in record time
Dad asked what do we owe you Carl, he said not a single dime

Chorus:
That's what neighbors do
When you need a hand I'm here for you
Like you'd be for me if I was in your shoes
Don't say a word
That's what neighbors do

Late one summer, sun burning down
Days were long 'cause it was haying time
Mrs. Wills took sick and they rushed her into town
And old Carl just wouldn't leave her side

But not a single chore went neglected on his farm
And the Wills came home to find their hay stacked in the barn, and Dad said

Chorus:
That's what neighbors do
When you need a hand we're here for you
Like you've been for us more than a time or two
Don't say a word
That's what neighbors do

Bridge:
Kindness don't cost much and if there's one thing I've learned
It ain't nothing next to all that we get in return

Chorus:
That's what neighbors do
When you need a hand neighbors come through
So when you find yourself in the other shoes
Don't say a word
That's what neighbors do