Music Friday: Jason Derulo, ‘GMA’ and the USO Join Forces to Make Hero Coast Guardsman’s Marriage Proposal Extra Special

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the crew of “Good Morning America,” recording artist Jason Derulo and the USO joined forces to make a hero coast guardsman’s surprise marriage proposal extra special.

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Six million viewers of ABC’s “Good Morning America” witnessed a truly heartwarming moment when Coast Guardsman of the Year Sam  Peikert got down on bended knee and asked for the hand of his girlfriend, Jackie Fairchild, during Derulo’s in-studio performance of his new release, “Marry Me.”

Fairchild believed that her special access to the live performers was related to her boyfriend’s prestigious award and GMA’s salute to service men and women on Veteran’s Day. But she was only half right.

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As Derulo arrived at the first chorus, which includes the emphasized, elongated phrase — “Will… you… marry… me?” — Peikert pulled out a ring box and proposed to his visibly shocked girlfriend. She covered her face with both hands before settling down and accepting the ring and the proposal. After the song, Derulo embraced the happy couple in a three-way hug.

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Peikert, who is stationed in Opa Locka, Fla., had earned the USO Coast Guardsman of the Year award in October for helping to save a father and son who were swept over a 20-foot dam on the San Marcos River in Texas. The USO had arranged for Peikert and his girlfriend to get VIP treatment at “Good Morning America” as part of a new campaign called “Every Moment Counts,” which shows gratitude toward service members by creating special moments for them.

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“Marry Me,” which is the second release from Derulo’s brand new studio album, Tattoos, is rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It currently sits at #36, and some critics are saying Derulo has granted the world its “next top wedding tune.”

The 24-year-old Derulo said the love song was inspired by his girlfriend, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

We invite you to enjoy the clip of Derulo’s performance and Peikert’s proposal on GMA. The lyrics to “Marry Me” are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Marry Me”
Written by Jason Derulo, Jonas Jeberg, “Hookman” Marlin Bonds and Andy Marvel. Performed by Jason Derulo.

A hundred and five is the number that comes to my head
When I think of all the years I wanna be with you
Wake up every morning with you in my bed
That’s precisely what I plan to do

And you know one of these days when I get my money right
Buy you everything and show you all the finer things in life
We’ll forever be in love, so there ain’t no need to rush
But one day I won’t be able to ask you loud enough

[Chorus]
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
I swear that I will mean it
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”

Singing
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Oh, yeah

How many girls in the world can make me feel like this?
Baby I don’t ever plan to find out
The more I look, the more I find the reasons why
You’re the love of my life

You know one of these days when I get my money right
Buy you everything and show you all the finer things in life
We’ll forever be in love, so there ain’t no need to rush
But one day I won’t be able to ask you loud enough

[Chorus]
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
I swear that I will mean it
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”

[Bridge]
And if I lost everything
In my heart it means nothing
‘Cause I have you,
Girl, I have you
To get right down on bended knee
Nothing else would ever be better, better
That day when…

I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
I swear that I will mean it
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”

I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
(I’ll get down on one knee)
I swear that I will mean it
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”

Got me singing
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Got me singing
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Would you marry me, baby?
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Ooh whoa ooh oh
Ooh whoa ooh oh

A hundred and five is the number that comes to my head
When I think of all the years I wanna be with you
Wake up every morning with you in my bed
That’s precisely what I plan to do, yeah.

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