PTSD Lullaby



Here’s a first take of my newest song – PTSD Lullaby
Doug MacNaughton, words and music, guitar and voice

PTSD Lullaby – Latest version, Oct. 17

Running home with you in my arms
Breathing ragged – on the verge of losing it
I can’t leave you behind
As I run, war memories stir in my mind…

We chased the frisbee til late in the park
Neighbours lit fireworks just after dark
I could feel myself starting to tense
I said “Let’s head for the fence.”;
Then I saw you and froze

Curled in a ball and shaking with fear
A string of firecrackers very near
Made you run, but I caught you
I tried to sing my mother’s song in your ear –

“Be still, and know that I am here.
We’re safe, if we get out of here.
Lie in my arms and let my singing calm your fears
Be still, and know that I am here.”

Run!!
Find shelter, find safety

Trust no one!!
I see my brother’s face as he bleeds out

I won’t give up!!
Cars and sniper
Gunfire and honking –

Almost home!!
Find the back gate
Kick it open

We’re safe….
We’re safe, there’s nothing more to fear.
Lie in my arms til morning comes and skies are clear
Be still, and know that I am here

I know you weren’t hurt, only scared
We made it, but I’m not prepared to do this again
Something I’ve just learned
We are all protected and protectors in our turn

Mother, was it like that for you?
Father, was it like that for you?
Pepper, is it like this for you?

If I say you were scared, they might take you away.
I’ve lost everyone else, I can’t lose you to.
The moon will keep our secret
It’s clouding over, and it smells like rain.
Let’s go in get something to eat.

And the rain gently falls like grace…

Be still, and know that I am here
We’re safe, there’s nothing more to fear.
Lie in my arms til morning comes and skies are clear
Be still, and know that I am here….

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