Don Mathews
EMS Tribute Page
I got up this morning, put my uniform on
Went down to the station like I've done a thousand times
After being an EMT for about 30 years
You sometimes get believing that no one really cares
But when the emergency line rings
And someone's life is on the line
A million thoughts go through your mind
Will everything be all right
And you go to your unit, radio your dispatch
Turn on your lights and siren to clear the right of way
Like you've  done, day after day

Oh tell me Dear God why'd I pick this career
It's so hard every day, not knowing what it may bring
But when you help a mother born a child
And she sees it for the first time
You know God has blessed you by the look in her eyes

As you leave the ER and your radio calls out again
And You wonder where you'll find the strength to do it all again
The dispatcher says it's a bad one and your heart skips a beat
You've been there before but it's never the same
So You look to your partner for strength and you know she believes in you
And Together with God's grace another life will be saved by you
Saved by you, saved by you

Oh tell me Dear God why'd I pick this career
It's so hard every day not knowing what it may bring
But When you hold a child in your arms and dry the tears from his eyes
You you can tell that he trusts you, Mommy and Daddy's going be all right
You know God has blessed you by the look in his eyes

Oh tell me Dear God why'd I pick this career
It's so hard every day not knowing what it may bring
I pray every morning before I start my day
God please help me and my partner make it through another day
God please help me and my partner make it through another day

                                                Don Mathews
Words and Music by Don Mathews
CD  ' Tributes to Our Unsung Heroes '
There's a part of me that wants to run home crying
Though I know there’s nothing left for me to do here
It’s so hard for me to leave when a family’s torn in two

As I prepare for work on the midnight shift
And I kiss my children goodnight, I pray to the Lord to keep them safe
Then I turn to my wife and hold her in loving arms
And she say’s you know that I love you, everything will be all right

She knows I’ll be working downtown like I do every Friday night
Though she smiles as I’m leaving I know she’ll worry all night
She knows this job sometimes gets to me no I’m not afraid to cry
Oh I try to hide my feelings and then I ask God why

(Chorus)

Then the radio lights up with the sound you wish it wasn’t there
But the dispatcher calls your unit and says stage ‘til the police get there
There’s been shots fired two or more are down
Some may be children more units to come

The police says the scene is clear It’s safe to come on in
Your insides begin to shake  as the thoughts run through your mind
As I’m treating the patient I’m praying inside
Thank you God, oh Thank you God there’s no children this time

(Chorus)

When I come home at the end of my day and see my family
I’m reminded why I chose this job as an EMT
Not everyone can do this job  we’re a brotherhood of one
I know God has blessed EMS, He gives us the courage to carry on

(Chorus)
Reflections of an EMT
Words and music by Don Mathews
CD  ' Tributes to Our Unsung Heroes '
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Don't know why he bothers cause sometimes it seems
It's been years since he's seen the end of the show
Right about now the popcorn is done
Her trembling fingers dial 9-1-1
She says it's her heart but she isn't ready to go
From down on the floor she sends up a prayer
But her four wheeled answer is already there

When you risk your life just to save a stranger
Man if that ain't lovin' your neighbor I don't know what is
Cause she wouldn't have had a chance
She swears she saw Angels in an ambulance

Two hours later at the station again
Stale popcorn and coffee you can stand a spoon in
I stopped by to see my old friend and talk about life
Says his job is half Nascar the other half nurse
The hours are awful and the pays' even worse
How do you do it and even more I'd like to know why
He'd give me an answer but he doesn't have time
There's a house on fire and people inside

When you risk your life just to save a stranger
Man if that ain't lovin' your neighbor I don't know what is
Cause they wouldn't have had a chance
They'll swear they saw Angels in an ambulance

When you hear that chior of sirens get out of the way
When you see those halo's flashin'
Say a prayer we make it back okay

When you risk your life just to save a stranger
Man if that ain't lovin' your neighbor I don't know what is
Cause they wouldn't have had a chance
They'll swear they saw Angels in an ambulance
They'll swear they saw angels in an ambulance

BMI 2009
ANGELS IN AN AMBULANCE
Words & Music by Don Mathews & CJ Watson
recorded in Nashville, TN September 2009
CD ' Tributes to Our Unsung Heroes '
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