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Joe Lantz
Patriotic and Inspirational Songwriter

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My personal motto for writing music: "Never forget, it is quality first that one must always strive for, before quantity."

If one is going to tag a genre on me, it would have to be patriotic, inspirational, or in some cases a combination of both. The main packet I have put together is titled, "The Lord and The USA Connection", which contains 13 songs. I am of the belief that every citizen in the USA is very privileged to live in a land where we are free to publicly show our love for both our country, and our maker. I try to convey this belief in all of my music. It is my position that there is one genre missing in our music today. And that is Patriotic. We need more love displayed for our nation in our music. Therefore, I am publicly inviting every songwriter to join me in openly praising these United States of America.

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to become affiliated with George McClure, and Trowbridge Publishing. They provide this webpage displaying my songs, free of charge.

I would like to present the lyrics of one of my songs that's getting lots of positive feedback. It's about a little boy at a parade which is honoring his father, who has been lost in combat, and some of the questions that he has. If we would spend 1/10th of the monies we do on military offense and defense, and apply it to the education of our small children about the futility and devastation of war, maybe some day there will be NO MORE WARS.

[words and music Joe Lantz]
The little boy, stood at Grandpa's side, Holding tight to his hand;
With a million and one questions, trying hard to understand.

Paw-Paw, Why do we hold our hearts, when we see our flag go by?
And when the soldiers follow, why does mommy cry?
Paw-Paw, what's a memorial ? And what does POW and MIA mean?
And will my name be on a wall, for everyone to see?
And Paw-Paw, when me and my friends play war, are we being bad?
And when it's my turn to die, will it make you and mommy cry?

Here comes another flag mom, please don't let them see you cry.
Cause all my friends will ask, and I really don't know why.

Paw-Paw, where did my daddy go, and when is he coming home?
All that I see is his picture, sitting there all alone.
I heard them say he went to war, I don't know what that really means.
And some have said he can't come home. To be with mom and me.

And Paw-Paw, why is that jet so far behind, and flying upside down?
Maybe my dad is up there too, looking for my mommy and me.

Here comes another flag mom, please don't let them see you cry.
Cause all my friends will ask, and I really don't know why.

Paw-Paw, Why Do We Hold Our Hearts, When we see our flag go by?
[words and music Joe Lantz]

Born and raised in central Montana, graduated from Choteau High in 1956
Enlisted in USMC in 1956, Spent eighteen months in the Far East, Discharged in 1960
Worked for the California State National Guard as a Aircraft Tech. 1960 to 1967
Enlisted in US Army in 1970 One year tour of duty in Vietnam, Discharged in 1972
Moved to Crane, Missouri in 1981 During this time I have belonged to the Crane VFW, of which I was Commander for two years
Served as a council member of the Stone County Council on Aging, of which I was President for two years
Elected to the Stone County University of Missouri University Extension Council of which I was Chairman for two years
Served as a Deacon and Elder of the Crane Christian Church for four years
Present member of the Crane VFW, a life member of the VFW, and the DAV


331 Ponderosa Ave
Portola, California 96122

Telephone 530-832-0206
Fax 708-585-8914
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