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Scene from "Grace for Three" music videoGrace for Three

Performed and Written by Kohlie Frantzen

Copyright 2012

Kohlie Frantzen's reasons for this heartfelt, inspiring song...

My children's school, the Episcopal School of Acadiana, I Lafayette, Louisiana, dresses the Table at Memorial Day and Veterans Day, when our community of veterans (teachers, parents, children of service personnel, etc.) comes together to reflect on the Table and the heroes that are the pillars of our country.

This year (2012), at the request of of our Lower School administrative head, Anne Johnson, whose son has served multiple tours and is again serving (Army), I wrote and performed a song with a pre-K 4 teacher, Katie Fletcher (Navy) to help discuss the meaning And symbolism of an empty table.

The song is called, "Grace for Three," and it is about a mother and a daughter setting an empty table for dad, who won't be home for dinner.

The first time I saw the presentation of the Table by the students, I cried- it was the most powerful thing I ever saw that really drove home the concept of heroics and the price paid not only by soldiers but by their families and loved ones. The song depicts the feeling of what I saw when Katie Fletcher first set the table with a pre-K 4 girl at our school a couple of years ago.

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LYRICS

Verse One:

A little girl says, "Momma'
Why you cleanin' the dining room?
We haven't used it in over a year."

"Is daddy coming home from the war?'" she asks,
"I miss him, and I really want him back here."

Momma just hangs her head down low
And she shakes it, "No."
I got some really bad news, my dear ..."

"Somethin' 'bout a battle,
somethin' 'bout a fire
Your daddy didn't make it out alive."

Refrain:

Your daddy was a hero
He died for you and me

Your daddy stood up to be counted
And we could be free

Tonight, we'll dine for two,
Say Grace for three...

Verse Two:

Little girl, she starts to cry,
Momma says, "No!
Don't you ever shed a tear.

You and me,
We're women and we're strong,
And we'll carry on
There's nothing we'll ever fear.

Now help me set the table,
Tonight we'll do it right.
And celebrate the man that we hold dear."

Refrain:

Your daddy was a hero
He died for you and me

Your daddy stood up to be counted
And we could be free

Tonight, we'll dine for two,
Say Grace for three...

Verse Three:

"Help me get his boots from the closet,
and set 'em over there,
By his favorite chair.

Help me find a rose for the table,
it's the color of blood,
Remember how much he cared.

Help me put an empty glass down
On the table,
For us, he'll always be there.


Refrain:

Your daddy was a hero
He died for you and me

Your daddy stood up to be counted
And we could be free

Tonight, we'll dine for two,
Say Grace for three...

Bridge:
Always, everywhere
We'll remember
Yeah, we will!

Nowhere, no time, no place
Will we ever, ever forget...

Refrain:

Your daddy was a hero
He died for you and me

Your daddy stood up to be counted
And we could be free

Tonight, we'll dine for two,
Say Grace for three

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