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Freedom at the Cost of a Friend by Nate Lathrop

I wrote this song for Daniel, while sitting on base waiting to be shipped off to Afghanistan. I did write it for Daniel, but here is the strange part. I wrote this song a couple of days before he died, I wrote it before I had any knowledge of Daniel Pearl.

I am now a Retired Lieutenant Coronal from the United States Air force. My partner is also retired from the Air Force. We own the Rolling Thunder Saloon, where every Sept 11th we honor a fallen soldier. We have a beautiful ceremony, candle lighting, words, moment of silence.

I worked my career as a flight nurse and flew many of our boys out of there. But somehow for some reason Daniel Pearl is part of my life.

Freedom at the Cost of a Friend

Freedom at the cost of a friend
Freedom at the cost of a friend
He went in to fight but it did not turn out right
Freedom at the cost of a friend

Soldier by day Soldier by night
I told his wife he would be all right

Left behind his wife to lead a noble life
I told his kids he'd be alright

I told his wife he'd be alright
Freedom at the cost of a friend

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