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She Wrote A Song In Tribute To Her Father And All Peace Officers

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Holly Cahill recalls being proud of her father’s profession while growing up but also, on the flip side, being a little sad — and afraid.

The south Orange County resident believed being a police officer was a noble calling, but she also worried about her father, Dan, coming home safe every night.

“As a little kid, it’s hard to sit in bed and not understand why your dad has to be on the front lines and why there are so many people out there who don’t appreciate what police officers do,” says Cahill, 17.

The multi-instrument singer/songwriter recently put that sentiment to music and words in an original song that is gaining traction in the law enforcement community and beyond.

Cahill, who started playing guitar when she was 12, wrote, “You Still Put the Uniform On” as a tribute to her father (Dan Cahill now is deputy chief of the Anaheim PD) as well as peace officers everywhere.

Cahill first performed her song, a 4-minute acoustic-guitar tune with an upbeat tempo and bright chords, in mid-May at the APD’s annual promotion and awards ceremony.

Most recently, she performed “You Still Put the Uniform On” on Sept. 11 at the National Day of Service and Remembrance ceremony hosted by the APD and Anaheim Fire & Rescue at the City National Grove of Anaheim.

Following the 9/11 performance in front of several hundred people, police officers and, especially, their family members told Cahill “You Still Put the Uniform On,” now available on iTunes, brought them to tears.

Holly Cahill, daughter of Anaheim Police Deputy Chief Dan Cahill, sings “You Still Put The Uniform On” near the conclusion of Anaheim’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim. File photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC
Holly Cahill, daughter of Anaheim Police Deputy Chief Dan Cahill, sings “You Still Put The Uniform On” near the conclusion of Anaheim’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the City National Grove of Anaheim.  Photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC


“You Still Put the Uniform On”

Lyrics and music by Holly Cahill

People will talk, though they don’t understand

Situations you’re in can get so out of hand

They’ll state their lies as if they are fact

Once the damage is done you can’t take it back

You do your best to protect and serve

But are treated in ways that you don’t deserve

They call you names and spit in your face

But if you weren’t there, who would take your place?

Cause you spend your life in danger, could take a bullet for a stranger, always have to be brave and tough

Though it’ll never be enough

And when they are critical of you

They should walk a mile in your shoes

The days are hard, the nights are long

But you still put the uniform on

You come home from work

And kiss your kids on the head

Chase monsters from the streets

And out from under their beds

What they don’t understand is that you’re human too

Just trying to survive, got a family counting on you

You do your best to protect and serve

But are treated in ways that you don’t deserve

They call you names and spit in your face

But if you weren’t there, who would take your place?

Would you take your place?

Cause you spend your life in danger, could take a bullet for a stranger, always have to be brave and tough

Though it’ll never be enough

And when they are critical of you

They should walk a mile in your shoes

The days are hard, the nights are long

But you still put the uniform on

Too many gone, too many lost

Is it all worth it?

What is the cost?

Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters,

Got so much to lose, why do you bother?

But you always choose to…

spend your life in danger, and take a bullet for a stranger

Cause you spend your life in danger, could take a bullet for a stranger, always have to be brave and tough

Though it’ll never be enough

And when they are critical of you

They should walk a mile in your shoes

The days are hard, the nights are long

But you still put the uniform on

You still put the uniform on

You still put the uniform on

You still put that uniform on


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