‘There You Go Again’: Soldier’s wife releases song in support of military spouses whose husbands serve overseas
The wife of an American soldier has paid tribute to military spouses by releasing a song about the realities of being an Army wife.
Olivia Perez-Breland, from Mississippi, has written a song titled There You Go Again that has attracted more than 18,000 hits on YouTube. The song is also being sold on iTunes.
Half of the proceeds raised through the song’s sales will go to the Fisher House Foundation, a Maryland-based organisation that aims to financially assist families that have members enrolled in the military.
Tribute: Olivia Perez-Breland, an army wife from Mississippi, has released a song about her experiences. Half of the proceeds will benefit military families
The song details the reoccurring heartbreak Mrs Perez-Breland experiences every time Captain Mitchell Breland, her husband, is deployed by the U.S. Army. He has been serving as a solider for ten years.
The family are currently stationed in Hawaii where Mr Breland serves at the state’s Schofield Barracks. He and his wife will relocate to Augusta, Georgia in one month. It is unclear how many children the couple share.
Partnership: Captain Mitchell Breland, the woman’s husband, is currently deployed in Hawaii but will relocate with to Georgia with his wife next month. He has served in the Army for ten years
Lyrics featured in the song include:
‘Here I go again… I miss my best friend, I’ve got to find the strength
to make it through this day so I get on my knees and I prey.’
‘THERE YOU GO AGAIN’ LYRICS
‘There you go again…
You packed your bags up and then you
kissed the kids goodbye and now there’s tears in their eyes but I’ve got to stay
strong just for them.
There you go again…
Now all the questions begin. Why is he
going away, I just don’t know what to say so I get on my knees and I prey, may
God keep you and bless you and defend you wherever you go.
‘Til you’re back in
my arms, may he keep you from harm and with God speed bring you back home.
Here I go again…
Wish you were holding my hand. I cried
asleep in the night, hung on to the morning light but I’ve got to let go of these
Here I go again…
Oh, God I miss my best friend. I’ve got to find the strength
to make it through this day so I get on my knees and I prey.
May god keep you and bless you and defend you wherever you
go, ’til you’re back in my arms, may he keep you from harm and with God speed
bring you back home.
With all that we’ve been through and all we’ve sacrificed,
still it breaks my heart each time we say goodbye. But I will think of you each
and every day I will get on my knees and I’ll prey.’
Mrs Perez-Breland has acknowledged the multiple perks that military
families are entitled to, such as housing and utility funding, her
lyrics reflect the emotional toll a soldier’s unstable lifestyle takes
on a domestic partnership.
She wrote on her website:
‘My husband has been deployed so many times, I have literally lost
count. I don’t think my story is unusual. Ask any modern-day military
family and our stories are very much the same.
‘Back-to-back deployments, training exercises that take soldiers away for weeks and months on end… Trust me. We’ve ALL been there.’
To ensure the project remained authentic, Mrs Perez-Breland and a production team used off-duty soldiers, as opposed to actors, to record a video clip for the song.
The footage is said to have been filmed at the Schofield Barracks while families were actually preparing for deployments.
The video clip also features the Army wife strumming on her guitar as she sings the song.
Colin Hogan, her father, has been a musician for 40 years.
He told Wlbt.com that although his daughter had always been musically inclined, she has really come out of her shell in order to produce this song.
He said: ‘She didn’t like singing in front of crowds. She just, you know, she was embarrassed, she was timid.
But she’s overcome that now.’