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Lucky Forward

Tami Mulcahy


Two words…Lucky Forward.  I first heard this expression while listening to a WWII veteran tell stories. I ignorantly asked what is ” Lucky Forward".  From there I read General Patton’s speech before the great invasion.  In all of that I found my song.  My uncle was a colorful character and it was a challenge to capture his flavor.  But the song became so much more.  And I cannot put into words my depth of gratitude to those who have served.


Lucky Forward



My Uncle Lynwood was a country gentleman

A Southern Baptist from North Carolina

He lost his leg in WWII

He’ll be the first to tell you

He knows exactly where it is


He was a brilliant student but he joined the Army

The very next morning after Pearl Harbor

His mom said your tough as shoe leather

But Lord Almighty Lynwood, why the Army


He wound up in a foxhole in the fields of Luxembourg

So close he could smell German cigarettes

And when terror reigned down shots fired from everywhere

Those boys in Arlington, I might of put of few of them there

Lucky Forward


His second home became Walter Reed

Safe in the refuge of his crippled band of brothers

The wild hell raising toast of Washington

Drowning memories in alcohol


For ten years you didn’t touch him at night

Demons plagued him most of his life

But in a come to Jesus moment in an airport bar

He left his drink on the table and went home sober to his wife

Lucky Forward


He called out of the blue when his beloved Jean died

Hello this is your favorite one-legged uncle

He became the dad I wished I had

The dad I’m sure he wished he’d been


So I wrote this down for no other reason

But to tell another story of the Great Generation

Where ordinary boys became heroic men

Then home to lives that would never be

Ordinary again


And he’s gone now but I will not forget

The man with the Purple Heart on his lapel

And in his honor I do him honor

To live my life and to live it well

Luck Forward, Lucky Forward

Lucky Forward, Lucky Forward


And to the Great Beyond, I am signing off

Lucky Forward


            © Mulcahy                                 

*Note: Lucky Forward was the slogan of General Patton and the nickname of his headquarters.  Google Lucky Forward and you will find the infamous speech he gave to the troops before the great invasion that led to the Battle of the Bulge.