A Friend & Brother (Be Thou at Peace)

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Written in loving memory of 2 Lt. David Rylander; KIA May 2, 2012. Be Thou at Peace!

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"You were a friend and a brother,
A nephew and son.
I pause for correction,
But the past-tense is done.
Just between you and me though,
You'll still always be my hero.
I look to these people with tears in their eyes,
And laugh about stories of days long gone by,
But I still can't believe that it's true.
But be thou at peace now,
And brother, I'll see you soon.

Be thou at peace in the arms of the Lord.
Free from all pain,
And fully restored.

We ask ourselves why in the prime of your life,
The end came so quickly,
To leave us denied of the comfort in closure,
That hangs on the tongue of goodbye.
The words from your mouth were often so few,
But the ones that you spoke,
Were often so true.
You said it's your job,
And you swore just one oath:
'For Duty, and Honor, and Country.'

'Blessed are they who are pure in heart,
For they will see God.'

Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
No greater sacrifice than to lay down my life for you.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah.
I've run this race,
And now I'm coming home."

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from Strawberry Skyline, track released September 3, 2013
Additional music and lyrics by Tom Siebert.
Additional vocals by Tom Siebert and Allison Good

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Daniel Rylander Akron, Ohio

Daniel Rylander is a singer/songwriter from Northeast Ohio. His new single, "Love You More", is out and available to stream/download now! A show schedule can be found below, but for more info, please visit his official website (link below). Thank you for your support and continue to enjoy the music! ... more

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