The Chance

by Doug Smestad

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Mr. Smestad has offered two of his most meaningful songs to be sold with proceeds going to Smestad's Knights, the Relay for Life team made in his honor.

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released March 24, 2015

Doug and Ethan Smestad

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Track Name: I Sure Would Do It Again
These days I sit and think a lot alone
'bout the times well spent and times spent far from home
But the things that I remember the most of all
Turn out to be the simplest and small

Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand a while
And if I thought I could I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

When we were young we were so very poor
Second hand carpeting covering the floor
But winter's cold was given quite a lift
When January brought a special gift

Diaper pails and sleepless nights
Working hard to raise you right
And if I thought I could, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

Singing songs in the car on a trip
Hoping little E will stay asleep
Asking me just how far we have to go
But it's a long, long way to Buffalo

Hoping there to change our fate
Back to school and working late
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

Our boys are quickly turning into men
Toys are gone, oh it was so easy then
What they need now is much harder to give
For what they want is freedom to live

Games and plays and grades are due
Chores are many and pleasures few
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again

Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And if I had the chance, I'd love to do it again

My life was changed when you went away
The color of my world was cold and grey
Standing, crying by your bedside
Thinking that the best of me had died

But friends and family came to me
Showed me hope and tranquility
And if I had the chance, I sure would thank them again
Singing songs to help me sleep
Holding me when I weep
And if I had the chance, I'd love to thank them again

The year's have passed the boys and I survive
Life's pleasures and life's pain they seem to thrive
I think of you every now and then
I know that you're smiling at us again
Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand awhile
And if I thought I could, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

If I had the chance I sure would do it again
Oh you that I would love to do it again
Track Name: Motion
The morning's bright, the road is clear ahead
I'm feelin' right, and I don't want to be led
Freedom is calling me home
So kick her on, and go beyond your boundaries.

The wind is brisk, and I know the risks ahead
But my heart is light, as I see the sights again
We only get this one time around
So I'll be damned, if I'm gonna stand, without motion

Chorus:
Life is short, but I can report
Something I saw to be true
It's not the destination we seek
But the journey which is true

The trees I pass are green and full today
I feel serene as I make my way
The curves ahead are still unknown
Well damn the curves, I'll steel my nerves and keep going

Chorus

My soul is still, the ride's become my life
When trouble comes, I won't yield to strife
The road ahead can fear or joy
Well it's my choice, so hear my voice, I choose motion

Chorus

Repeat first verse
Track Name: I Sure Would Do It Again (Studio)
These days I sit and think a lot alone
'bout the times well spent and times spent far from home
But the things that I remember the most of all
Turn out to be the simplest and small

Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand a while
And if I thought I could I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

When we were young we were so very poor
Second hand carpeting covering the floor
But winter's cold was given quite a lift
When January brought a special gift

Diaper pails and sleepless nights
Working hard to raise you right
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help him sleep
Holding him as he weeps
And you know that I would love to do it again

Singing songs in the car on a trip
Hoping Little E will stay asleep
You ask me how far we have to go
But it's a long, long way to Buffalo

Hoping there to change our fate
Back to school and working late
And if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help them sleep
Holding them as they weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

Our boys are quickly turning into men
The toys are gone, man it was so easy then
What they need now is much harder to give
For what they want is freedom to live

Games and plays and grades are due
Chores are many and pleasures few
But if I had the chance, I sure would do it again

Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

My life was changed when you went away
The color of my world was cold and grey
Standing, crying by your bedside
Thinking that the best of me had died

But friends and family came to me
Gave me hope and tranquility
And if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help me sleep
Holding me when I weep
And if I had the chance, I'd love to thank them again

The year's have passed the boys and I survive
Life's pleasures and life's pain they seem to thrive
I think of you every now and then
I know that you're smiling at us again
Baking cookies to see you smile
Sit and hold my hand awhile
And if I had the chance, I sure would do it again
Singing songs to help you sleep
Holding you when you weep
And you know that I would love to do it again

And if I had the chance I sure would do it again
Oh maybe I'll try to do it again