After September 11th, 2001 - I KNEW that our armed forces would be involved in both Afghanistan and Iraq. After seeing two films - "Black Hawk Down" and "We Were Soldiers Once", this song practically wrote itself. It was completed BEFORE our troops were first sent into those two nations. The ongoing campaigns in those countries has reaffirmed my original vision, that our military will be involved in a long and arduous set of combat zones that will not be solved quickly or easily.
Saint Rita is one of the patron saints of the impossible. PSALM 91
is the soldier's prayer of protection in battle. Saint Michael is the ONLY
archangel mentioned in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran. He has been the patron saint of soldiers, airborne troops and police for generations.
This song is a conversation between a middle aged Vietnam veteran and the "rookie" troops he hoped to impart some survivor wisdom upon the night before their
first combat mission.