"Last Letter Home" as written by and Lynch Orrell....
Hello there my dearest love
Today I write to you about our sons
The boys start school today
They're the spitting image of you in every way

Hey son, it's Dad
I hope this letter finds you well out of harm's way
We saw the news today, it frightened your mom
Now all she does is pray

If I lead, will you follow?
Will you follow if I lead?

Hey Melissa, it's me, don't be afraid
I'm in good hands, I'm gonna be home soon
It's time to watch the children grow up
I wanna be more than a voice on the phone

Thanks Ma, I got your package today
I love "The Fields Of Athenry"
I swear I want 'em to play that song on the pipes
At my funeral when I die


I stand alone in the distance
As the foreground slowly moves


"We regret to inform you that on January 28th, Sgt. Andrew Farrar died while serving his country in the Al-Anbar province of Iraq. Words cannot convey our sadness."


When there's nothing on the horizon
You've got nothing left to prove

If I lead, will you follow?

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"Last Letter Home" as written by Brennan Barr


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    General CommentThe liner notes for this one read as follows:
    "We had already finished this song that was based on general correspondences to and from the soldiers serving in Iraq when we were contacted by the family of Sgt. Andrew Farrar who had recently died while serving there. The family wanted to tell us he was a big supporter o the Dropkick Murphys. They also passed on a letter that he had written to his mother shortly before his death in which he thanks her for sending him a Dropkick Murphys CD and said that if anything should happen to him while in Iraq, he would like one of our songs played at his funeral. He also left behind a wife, Melissa and two young boys Tyler and Liam. His tour of duty in Iraq was coming to an end and he was due to come home and renew his wedding vows with Melissa to another song of ours, "Forever." Sgt. Farrar died on January 28th, on his 31st birthday. We were present at his funeral to grant his wish and played "Fields of Athenry" as his casket entered the church. This song was re-written to include exceprts from that letter."

    Great song, too. Bound to be a classic.

    It makes me wonder if they played it classicaly or punk rockily. I hope it was the latter.
    Taltoson July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThanks for putting that out Talots. This is another wonderful DKM song dedicated to the soldiers who protect our freedom.
    NavySkowon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe was not a soldier.
    Sgt Farrar is a US Marine.
    ncarolina marineon December 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti know the andrew ferrars brother, nice song.
    XoHcoPrepoXon March 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThey played it classicaly, you can hear it on project playlist. Just spend the time looking for it. Bless the troops. Whether you support the war or dont, at least keep us in your hearts.
    tjhardrockeron March 25, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningNon-English-native here, could somebody explain what they mean here?

    "If I lead, will you follow?
    Will you follow if I lead?"
    al3koson July 22, 2012   Link

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