The stories he heard from those wounded troops at Quantico inspired him. With hand-written lyrics secured to a microphone stand, Morgan performed “Let Me Take You Home” for the first time that night.
“It's about where they're from. Let the music take you back home. Let the music take you there,” he said. “That's basically what it says: ‘I can't do a lot for you, but I can sing these songs and I can take you home. So let me.'”
He later recorded an acoustic version with the intent of making it available to the troops, but ran into some obstacles, including the release of his new album.
“I didn't want it to become part of the record,” he said. “I really wanted it to be special for them.”
With the chaos of a new album release out of the way, “Let Me Take You Home” now is available as a free download from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Web site for a limited time. Valid military identification is required to access the song.
Those who miss the download just might catch Morgan in Iraq and Afghanistan. He'll be touring with United Service Organizations during the holidays.
“We're going to do that song every night, I know that,” he said. “The men and women serving overseas, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, they ain't got no choice. They don't get to go home.”
Morgan said this will be his fifth trip to perform for the troops overseas.