– Hawkins set on the edge of the ships mid deck, launcher bay. Looking up at the ships advanced radar dish, constantly swiveling, rotating , always and ever alert. Turning his head as he heard a familiar song come over a stereo boombox, he recognized it. The machinist mate 2nd class, seen the Master Sergeant smiling as he looked up from his work. – ” Begging the Sergeant’s pardon..but if ya want, I can turn it up.?..” – said the man, as he reached over, and began turning it up, then nodded and went back to work. Hawkins lips moved with the lyrics, flawlessly going over the words, almost as if he were reading them from a sheet of paper. –
” He eats breakfast in silence, Gettin ready for violence, Preparing to battle the lions, In four hours, he’s flyin, To a much different climate, Where the mountains are made of giants, Thank God, he’ll have his battle buddies, A squad of America’s finest, It’s all good, no need to cry, That’s what he tells his wife, But deep inside, he knows it’s lies, He knows he could lose his life, And that right there, is sacrifice, To give your life for Freedom. But he’s willing to give his life, for ya’ll Even though his family needs him. He grabs his ruck and his duffel bag, and he heads straight out the door, His daughter grabs his assault pack, that he left there on the floor. They pack the bags in the car, and get ready to leave. But right before he departs, his daughter clings to his knee, She says, ” Daddy before you go, I just wanted to say, You don’t have to go, Daddy, please don’t go away. Daddy, please, I’ll do anything, to keep you one more day. So Daddy, please, just don’t leave, Daddy, I just want you to stay!” She said Before you go, I just wanted to say, I’ma miss you everyday, I’ma think of you when I pray, And she said before you go, I just wanted to know, Do you think your gonna come home? I’m scared of being alone, And she said, Before you go, Could you please just stay? Would you please just stay? Lord, please will you stay? And he said, Before I go, I need you to understand, I got to fight for our Freedom, I’ll be home as soon as I can. He bends down to one knee, And tells his daughter, It’s okay, One day, you’ll soon see, That daddy wishes that he could stay, I don’t like to leave you and mommy, At Home alone for so long, But before you know it, I’ll be home, with you and mommy, Where I belong, Baby girl, one day you’ll understand, Why I’m doing this, Daddy has to fight the bad guys, So give Daddy a kiss, Be good for mommy, and keep me in your prayers, Now wipe those lonely tears, and know that your Daddy cares, Your Daddy loves you so much, And I’ma always be here, So don’t you fear, this much is clear, Ima see you next year, No need to worry for your daddy, Girl, your daddy’s a fighter, I’m a warrior fightin, So that your future is brighter, Yeah, I fight so that you won’t have to, I fight so they won’t have to, Your Daddy is a United States soldier, If they ask you, Tell em I’m deployed to a place, that where most won’t go. And it won’t be much longer, Before your daddy comes home. I’m coming home. She said Before you go, I just wanted to say, I’ma miss you everyday, I’ma think of you when I pray, And she said before you go, I just wanted to know, Do you think your gonna come home? I’m scared of being alone, And she said, Before you go, Could you please just stay? Would you please just stay? Lord, please will you stay? And he said, Before I go, I need you to understand, I got to fight for our Freedom, I’ll be home as soon as I can.
– Hawkins ended the song, as the music faded out, the few crewmen that were below on the deck, working, had stopped to listen. Hawkins hadn’t realized he was going word for word with the song, and looked up a bit sheepishly. Standing up quickly, he nodded to the men, and sighed – ” Damn good song…Hard not to rap along…As you were…and carry on..” – Turning quickly, and walking back towards the below deck portion of the ship. Memories…they just might kill him yet..-