''I've Always Known That My Muzik Could Change Lives''
2:30PM ET December 24th, 2012
Contributor : Chris G.
A Rocky Williform Company
Private First Class Lander Chappell revealed the role Lil Wayne's "Tie My Hands" played in saving his life during his first deployment. PFC Chappell was clearing a road of IED's with his battalion; to the rhythm of the song.
"I play it all the time. And I sing it all the time. And the beat's always in my head," Lander said
"We were going to clear this road, and we had a thing that shoots grenades down the road. Pressure grenades to put pressure on the ground to blow any pressure plate IED's," Lander told Komo News. "We had a guy who was clearing. I guess he just missed it. And as I came up, I stepped to the right just a little bit and next thing I knew, I was in the air. I'm looking at the sky. I don't wanna look, I don't wanna look. At the same time, you really want to look because you just want to see. Make sure. But my leg, it was gone."
Another soldier tried to help him stay conscious and keep him from panicking by reminding him of the tune.
"He was like, 'I got something for you,' " Lander recalled. "Sing your song. Sing your favorite song. Sing it, sing it, sing it. It got my mind off it and finally the medivac came. We were still singing," he recalled. "We get on to the medivac. It's one of the things I really appreciate him doing for me."
Chappell's right leg was saved, and his left leg was fitted with a prosthesis. He credits Wayne's music with saving his life.
Wayne showed his support for PFC Chappell in a tweet acknowledging his story.
"PFC Lander Chappell, I've always known that my musik could change lives but I never knew it could save em as well," Wayne tweeted. "Thank u."