92 Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

Updated on October 11, 2019
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Make a playlist about soldiers and veterans to honor those who protect your liberty.  We have a long list of pop, rock, metal, and country songs to get you started.
Make a playlist about soldiers and veterans to honor those who protect your liberty. We have a long list of pop, rock, metal, and country songs to get you started. | Source

Soldiers Put It All on the Line for Freedom

Chances are that you have a veteran or active military member in your social network. But have you stopped to truly listen to their story and reflect on what their contributions mean to your freedom?

Men and women in uniform have put it all on the line for their country, setting aside their personal lives, often at great expense to their families and themselves. How often do you express your gratitude for their sacrifices?

Recognize veterans' heroic contributions to preserving liberty and freedom with a custom playlist. Here's a long list of pop, rock, and country songs about military personnel. You don't have to wait until Veterans Day, Memorial Day, or Fourth of July to reflect on their heroism.

1. "For You" by Keith Urban

The soldier in this heartrending 2012 hit has a wife and an unborn child who wait for him at home. But in the heat of combat, with smoke, fire, and bullets flying, he doesn't think twice about taking a bullet for his fellow soldier. He knows this sacrifice is his duty and that others would do the same for him. That's the heroism of our men and women in uniform.

2. "American Soldier" by Toby Keith

Toby Keith drew fire from fans when he appeared at Donald Trump's pre-inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial and sang this 2003 country hit. It describes an American soldier—a family man, a hard worker, steady, brave, honorable, and good under pressure. In answering critics, the singer noted that he had appeared at the inauguration events of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

15 Ideas for Honoring Veterans on Veteran's Day and Beyond

 
 
 
Attend a Veteran's Day event.
Write an open letter or poem about what veterans' sacrifices have meant to you and this nation. Send copies to the nearest military post or VA hospital.
Treat a veteran to lunch or dinner.
Donate your time, money, or goods to a veterans charity.
Ask a veteran (relative, neighbor, coworker, friend) about their time in the service and truly listen. Thank them for their service.
Educate children about what veterans have done for this country. Inform them about relatives, coaches, neighbors and family friends who are veterans.
Organize a bulletin board at work or school displaying the names and photos of veterans, active duty and reservists.
Loved ones and next of kin can order a free Presidential Memorial Certificate from the National Cemetary Administration signed by the current President (for honorably discharged deceased veterans).
Extend a broad thank you to all veterans and active duty personnel on social media. Or do a social media shout out to specific people in your life who are veterans.
Take a moment to share with your family and friends why veterans are important.
Make a custom playlist for your favorite veteran, reservist, or active duty military member.
Leave a flag or fresh flowers at a veteran's grave. Remove any debris and tend to the gravesite while you are there.
Visit Arlington and other war cemetaries and/or war memorials and take in the gravity of veterans' sacrifice.
Watch patriotic movies.
Learn the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
How do you honor military veterans? Share your unique idea with us in the Comments Section below.

3. "8th of November" by Big & Rich

This poignant 2005 country song tells the story of Niles Harris, a 19-year-old boy from Deadwood, South Dakota, who hugged his mother goodbye as he left home for the army to fight during the Vietnam War. Just a few months later, on November 8, 1965, he encountered an epic battle he would remember the rest of his life.

Forty-eight fellow soldiers died in combat that day, and Niles was left with shrapnel in his leg as a reminder of their sacrifice. Decades later, he still honors their service on the 8th of November by putting on a suit and tie.

In case you're wondering ... yes, Niles is indeed real.

4. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

In this haunting 2005 rock hit describing loss, the narrator is going through a difficult time and mourns his innocence. Although the song was written about the passing of Green Day lead lead singer's father, its video depicts a couple separate by the Iraq War.

Studies suggest that among soldiers who served in Iraq and Afganistan, about one in five suffer post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Among Vietnam Era veterans, as many as 80% reported symptoms when interviewed 20-25 years after Vietnam.
Studies suggest that among soldiers who served in Iraq and Afganistan, about one in five suffer post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Among Vietnam Era veterans, as many as 80% reported symptoms when interviewed 20-25 years after Vietnam. | Source

5. "Warrior" by Kid Rock

The National Guard used this 2008 rock song by Kid Rock as a recruitment tool. It features a narrator who celebrates his status as a citizen soldier. He's ready to go when liberty calls because he understands that freedom isn't free.

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6. "Indestructible" by Disturbed

Meant to be a battle anthem to encourage American soldiers and pump them up as they prepare for combat, this 2008 hard rock song is enough to make anyone feel unassailable. It speaks of no hesitation, a sworn duty to protect, and the honor of returning home victorious.

7. "Didn't I" by Montgomery Gentry

The 2002 movie We Were Soldiers featured this moving country song on its soundtrack. The song describes a Vietnam era veteran who returns home from war only to face judgment and criticism instead of appreciation for his service.

Rhetorically, the veteran asks whether he burned and bled enough and endured enough physical and emotional pain to warrant a better homecoming. About 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era (1964 to 1975). Many faced protests, indifference, and a dearth of resource assistance with reintegrating into American society after the war.

Veterans Day, celebrated November 11, honors service members both alive and deceased.  Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, honors military members who died while serving their country.
Veterans Day, celebrated November 11, honors service members both alive and deceased. Memorial Day, celebrated the last Monday of May, honors military members who died while serving their country. | Source

8. "'Til The Last Shot's Fired" by Trace Adkins

This country song from 2008 commemorates soldiers from the American Civil War to World War II to Vietnam. The nature of the conflict may have been different, but the horror of war is the same. The narrator urges us all to say a prayer for peace.

9. "Brothers" by Dean Brody

Brothers can be counted on, although they don't always express their emotions well verbally. That's the message behind this tender 2009 country song that shares memories from the narrator's childhood.

A young boy's older brother is leaving for the military, and at first the child preferred not to say goodbye, thinking that he could deny his brother's leaving away. At the last moment, the boy runs to his brother and offers to clean his room, give him his rookie Joe DiMaggio card, anything to prevent his departure.

Two years later, the soldier returns in a wheelchair and says that he's sorry that his younger sibling has to push him home. The younger brother replies, "This is what brothers are for."

10. "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Recognized by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," this seminal 1969 rock song is also one of Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

During the Vietnam era, "Fortunate Son" was an anti-war anthem that was used to express rebuke for people who supported war but didn't have to bear its burdens, either financially or by serving. About three-fourths of the military personnel who served in Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

11. "Citizen Soldier" by 3 Doors Down

This 2007 rock song pays tribute to the National Guard:

Hope and pray that you'll never need me,
But rest assured I will not let you down.
I'll walk beside you but you may not see me,
The strongest among you may not wear a crown.

It was used as a part of the National Guard's recruiting campaign and references the vital role that the Guard plays in both homeland security and national defense.

America's citizen soldiers may be activated to respond to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and wildfires. They may also be deployed to help when peace is threatened by riots, civil unrest and terrorist events.

12. "The Pride" by Five Finger Death Punch

This high energy 2011 metal song conveys an American soldier's strength, pride, and unwavering readiness to defend, whatever the cost. In rapid succession, the song lists many iconic elements of American culture to represent all that a soldier protects when he or she serves our country. Our freedom, values and way of life hangs in the balance when troops are called to defend our country.

13. "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" by Shinedown

Written for the 2010 movie The Expendables, this rock song expresses the intensity of being on the front line of combat. With nothing to lose, a soldier operates on sheer adrenaline and a "fist first" mentality, thinking quickly in a brutal high-stakes battle.

14. "Letters From Home" by John Michael Montgomery

Sometimes simple things such as letters can do wonders to boost soldier morale. In this 2004 country song, a young soldier receives a letter from his mother about the details of everyday life back at home. He also gets a love letter from his fiance and a brief letter from his stoic dad that shares how proud he is of his son. Each helps to spur him on amidst the terrible uncertainty that is war.

15. "Hey Brother" by Avicci

This 2013 pop song expresses the devotion felt between siblings and others who still feel intensely connected when one of them is far away. Although separated by distance, they sense when the other is lonely or in danger:

Oh, if the sky comes falling down, for you
There's nothing in this world I wouldn't do.

16. "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" by Toby Keith

After 9/11, this country song became a rousing anthem for the guys and gals in uniform. Full of bravado, the 2002 song features a narrator fondly recalling his war hero father. Then he launches into a promise of American vengeance for the sucker punch terrorist attack on 9/11:

Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
`Cause we`ll put a boot in your a*s
It`s the American way.

17. "Some Gave All" by Billy Ray Cyrus

The narrator in this touching 1992 country hit recalls a friend who matured dramatically after his combat experiences. The friend remarked that when you think of your liberty, think of him as well as other veterans. The veteran explained to the narrator that "All gave some; some gave all."

Fifteen U.S. Presidents have not served in the military:  Trump, Obama, Clinton, FDR, Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Wilson, Taft, Cleveland, Fillmore, Van Buren, John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, and John Adams.
Fifteen U.S. Presidents have not served in the military: Trump, Obama, Clinton, FDR, Hoover, Coolidge, Harding, Wilson, Taft, Cleveland, Fillmore, Van Buren, John Quincy Adams, Jefferson, and John Adams. | Source

18. "Heaven Was Needing a Hero" by Jo Dee Messina

In this 2010 country song, the sweetheart of a fallen soldier visits his grave. Although she always told him that he wouldn't be called home until it was his time, she justifies his untimely death as due to heaven's needing a hero.

The Veterans Administration estimates that over 7% of all living Americans has served in the military at some point in their lives.
The Veterans Administration estimates that over 7% of all living Americans has served in the military at some point in their lives. | Source

19. "Letters from the Garden of Stone" by Everlast

A combat soldier sits by the moonlight readying himself for battle at daylight in this 2008 rock song. At first, he shows little emotion about what he has to do -- kill or be killed. He tries to push back thoughts of family members, however the more their memories begin to creep in, the more he questions whether he's doing the right thing fighting.

20. "The Other Little Soldier" by Josh Gracin

Feel the lump in your throat form as you listen to this country tune from 2004. It describes a small boy who plays dress up in his dad's military uniform. Even though he doesn't have the maturity to understand what his father is fighting for, the child is proud and wants to grow up just like his role model.

When Uncle Sam calls his dad to combat, sadly, his dad returns in a flag-draped casket. The little boy gives his father one last goodbye salute. This child represents the legion of military family members who also make sacrifices in wartime and in peace.

There are seven uniformed branches of the U.S. military:  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps.
There are seven uniformed branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps. | Source

Even More Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

Song
Artist
Year Released
21. Travelin' Soldier
Dixie Chicks
2002
22. Riding with Private Malone
David Ball
2001
23. Goodnight Saigon
Billy Joel
1982
24. I Want You to Live
George Canyon
2007
25. If I Don't Make It Back
Tracy Lawrence
2005
26. If You're Reading This
Tim McGraw
2007
27. Arlington
Trace Adkins
2005
28. Come Home Soon
SHeDaisy
2004
29. 50,000 Names Carved in the Wall
George Jones
2001
30. Belleau Wood
Garth Brooks
1997
31. I Just Came Back (from a War)
Darryl Worley
2006
32. Soldiers and Jesus
James Otto
2010
33. I Drive Your Truck
Lee Brice
2012
34. The Ballad of the Green Berets
Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler
1966
35. Remember the Heroes
Sammy Hagar
1982
36. Sam Stone
John Prine
1971
37. Who You'd Be Today
Kenny Chesney
2005
38. One Hell of an Amen
Brantley Gilbert
2014
39. Fallen Soldier
Nathan Fair
2013
40. Once I Was
Tim Buckley
1967
41. Orange Crush
R.E.M.
1988
42. I Was Only 19
Redgum
1983
43. Still a Soldier
Trace Adkins
2017
44. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
1969
45. War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)
T.G. Sheppard
1982
46. More Than a Name on a Wall
The Statler Brothers
1989
47. Castle of Glass
Linkin Park
2013
48. Wrong Side of Heaven
Five Finger Death Punch
2013
49. Rooster
Alice in Chains
1993
50. For Whom the Bell Tolls
Metallica
1984
51. I Remember (It's Happening Again)
Griffin House
2008
52. Camoflague
Stan Ridgway
1986
53. Just a Dream
Carrie Underwood
2008
54. 19
Paul Hardcastle
1985
55. Soldier Boy
The Shirelles
1962
56. Airborne
Nina Lee
2017
57. Dress Blues
Zac Brown Band
2015
58. People Back Home
Florida Georgia Line
2012
59. If Not Me
Craig Morgan
2013
60. In the Navy
Village People
1979
61. Navy Blue
Diane Renay
1963
62. Mother's Pride
George Michael
1990
63. Walking on a This Line
Huey Lewis
1984
64. Home of the Brave
Toto
1988
65. In My Blood
Black Stone Cherry
2011
66. Dear John
Producers
1982
67. Your Heart Belongs to Me
The Supremes
1962
68. Pass the Ammo
Moonshine Bandits
2015
69. American Pride
Moonshine Bandits
2011
70. Letters from War
Mark Schultz
2003
71. Angel Flight
Radney Foster and the Confessions
2009
72. Hero Of War
Rise Against
2009
73. Out of Harm’s Way
Journey
2005
74. The Ballad of Penny Evans
Steve Goodman
1976
75. Soldiers
Otherwise
2012
76. Gunslinger
Avenged Sevenfold
2007
77. Stop When You See a Uniform
Buddy Brown
2013
78. An Honor to Serve
Ray Boltz
1998
79. Two Soldiers Coming Home
Lori McKenna
2012
80. Dashboard
Chris Young
2009
81. The Warrior
Sean Householder
2009
82. Disposable Heroes
Metallica
1986
83. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Dawn (featuring Tony Orlando)
1973
84. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
The Kingston Trio
1962
85. The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home
Justin Moore
2019
86. Born in the U.S.A.
Springsteen
1984
87. The Longest Day
Paul Anka
1962
88. The Longest Day
Iron Maiden
2006
89. My Son
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
1968
90. Airborne Ranger Infantry
Kristy Lee
2012
91. 18 Video Tapes
Jason Meadows
2007
92. The Snow White Rows of Arlington
Sammy Kershaw
2010
Got a song suggestion about soldiers and veterans? Leave us a comment in the Comments Section below.

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Questions & Answers

  • I want to see if you know what song is this: It's a song about a fiance/girlfriend who says goodbye to her lover as he boards a ship to go fight. Then she waits every day for him to come back. The song ends with the ship coming back without him. The song is probably between 1960-1990. Do you know?

    Based on the information above, I can't tell whether you genuinely want to know or you're just testing me with a challenge. (I know that sounds different, but I certainly get stuff like that!) So that I can help you, it would be useful to know any additional information you recall about the song, especially since the approximate release year is over a 30-year spread. Some information that would help:

    1) any key lyrics (and perhaps what war this referenced in the song, if any)

    2) music genre (pop, rock, folk, country, R&B, metal, etc.)

    3) was the artist a solo performer, a band, etc.? Male/female?

    4) are you referring to an American song?

    If you have any answers that may help me in narrowing down the search, you may leave a comment in the Comments Section of the playlist article. I'll do my best to help. Based on what you provided so far, all I could come up with was "Brandy" by Looking Glass (1972), but the nonreturning sailor does not seem to be fighting a war. Instead, he seems to be more in love with the sea than his girl.

  • A mother checks the mail every day finally finding a letter saying her son will be coming home with a flag red white and blue. What is that song?

    That's a challenging one, and although I couldn't find an exact match, this one seems to be close: "Quincentuple Your Money" by The Lawrence Arms (2001). It doesn't reference checking the mail everyday, but it does have these lyrics:

    There's a letter at my mother's house, came with a folded flag.

    It says right now, I'm coming home in a body bag.

    If a reader perhaps has a guess, I hope they will leave information in the Comments Section of the article.

  • What is the song about a guy who sees a soldier on a plane and wonders how to thank him?

    I'm wondering if you're talking about the following song: "Welcome Home Soldier" by Karl Sapp (2005). Here are a few lyrics and the YouTube:

    I watched a young soldier,

    Take his seat on the plane,

    The guy by the window said

    Son, what's your name?

    He said,

    Hi, I'm Jimmy,

    Just back from overseas,

    And when these boots hit down in Texas,

    I'm gonna... drop to my knees,

    Because I ain't seen, my wife,

    In 18 months and 14 days

    The man smiled at him and said,

    Well let me be the first to say,

    Welcome home,

    Welcome home,

    It's good to have you back where you belong

    You fought hard for this land you love

    And I thank you for all of us

    We're proud to call you one of our own

    Welcome home. ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-LP2CnBNSc.

    I hope this is it. If not, perhaps you can share more details about the song such as sample lyrics, genre, whether a male, female, individual or group sings it, and the approximate time frame it was released.

  • What is the song where a soldier calls his wife to ask if it is okay to bring a disabled buddy with no legs and one arm home with him?

    Many people misremember the song as being about a soldier who stepped on a landmine, but it's actually about a badly injured rodeo rider. The song is Chris LeDoux's "Silence on the Line" (1978). Although his song is about a rodeo rider rather than a soldier, the plot certainly fits. Lyrics are below.

    Since its release, there have been email chains and posts on the internet that seem to be based heavily on this song, thus this is probably the source of the widespread confusion. Some of these twist his song's original plot so that it's a soldier calling his wife while others indicate it's a soldier calling his parents.

    Here is a YouTube link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZvZ4Scr_6Q

    Lyrics to Chris LeDoux's song:

    Took my last fall in San Diego

    Bus headed north, one headed south

    I call a farm in Colorado

    And I lift a dusty pay phone to my mouth

    She says hello, I say, It's me hon

    Sorry I stayed away so long

    Tell the kids their old man's through with playin' rodeo

    Cause if it's alright with you I'm comin' home

    Well there's silence on the line

    She says, "You sure did take your time

    But I still need a man for the things a man is good for

    You know how it is raisin' crops and raisin' kids

    Demands a man at least as fit as you are

    So come on, git on home, there's hay that needs a mowin'

    A boy that needs a whippin' and a hundred things to do

    I hope you've finally found your mind

    To leave that rodeo behind

    I've spent half my life just waitin' here for you

    I guess that now's the time I'd better tell her

    Hon, I've got this old friend that's here with me

    He used to be a cowboy and a good one, so they say

    But now his legs are crippled he can't walk, you see

    But hon, you ought to hear him tell his stories

    Sing the old songs, play the guitar, too

    I'd really like to show him Colorado

    But I thought I'd better leave it up to you

    Well there's silence on the line

    And now I hear her sayin'

    Babe, I only need a man for the things a man is good for

    And you know how it is a place just half this big

    Demands a man at least as fit as you are

    Put yourself in his place it's awful hard to face

    All the chores and work and nothing he could do

    If you want to know my mind leave that rodeo bum behind

    Don't waste our time I'm waitin' here for you

    Well cryin's just for kids; I put down the phone

    Fumble with my crutches movin' slow

    I wish that I was on the bus that's Colorado bound

    And I hope the weather's nice in Mexico.

  • What is the song that ends in, "Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah" and is about an American soldier going off to war?

    You are probably referring to the rewritten version of Leonard Cohen's 1984 song, "Hallelujah" which military veteran, Terra Weston (known as "Sailor Jerri") did for fellow vets. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msYPbjFC50w

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      Anonymous - I'm hoping that a fellow reader will recognize this song and leave a comment.

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      Anonymous 

      3 weeks ago

      There is a 2000's alternative/rock song that I can't think of the name or artist but it was something along the lines of counting down the days they had either been over seas or when they come home. I can't remember if it was about a wife or family in general but its killing me!! Please help?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      Anonymous - I am not familiar with this song, but if a reader knows what song you're referring to, I hope they'll leave a comment.

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      Anonymous 

      3 weeks ago

      I'm looking for the song where a solder is going to Arlington to be buried and his mother wishes to hold him (i.e. more time but knows it's impossible). The song plays "Taps" and you hear the horses' hooves clattering on the stone walkway to his final resting place. I need to know the name of both the song and artist so I can get it. Any ideas from my description?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      Anonymous - I hope one of our Australian readers in particular might know this song. I'm sorry I don't know which song this is.

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      Anonymous 

      4 weeks ago

      Do you know the title of an Australian country song about a farming family get news of sons death in war. His sister takes telegram down to father in paddock working the horse team?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - I'm hoping a reader can pitch in and help on this one. If anyone knows, please suggest an answer in the Comments Section below to help this fellow reader out. Thank you!

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      Anonymous 

      2 months ago

      There is a song that came out in between 2016 and 2018 that talks about forgotten veterans its by a rock/metal band i cant remember the band or the song name. i remember the video showing a whole lot of homeless veterans?

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      Anonymous, Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with this song, although I hope that a reader might be able to help out.

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      Anonymous 

      3 months ago

      Been trying to find this song for a while. It’s about a soldier who just finished in the war and says he is heading home to see his children and wife. But when he gets there he sees his wife crying with a paper in her hands saying that he was dead. So he was just a ghost/angel. do you know what song this is?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Thomas - Thanks for the suggestion. It was intriguing how much research went into his song before he wrote it.

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      Thomas Palmer 

      4 months ago

      Road to Moscow, Al Stewart

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 months ago from USA

      Jeremyadk - Thank you for your poignant description of what it's like to struggle with the effects of war on family and the person you used to be. "Thank you for your service" is simply not enough.

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      Jeremyadk 

      5 months ago

      I think an excellent addition would be “Whiskey Lullaby” by Kenny Chesney and Allison Krauss. Sometimes there are other wounds caused by war. Sometimes we come back and everything has changed. We don’t get to be called heroes, we’re just broken remnants. Our families are shattered. Our spouses grow afraid. The people we knew don’t recognize the person we are now. And sometimes the military says we’re too broken to continue. So we end up losing everything we fought so hard for.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      Good choices. Paul Anka and Fabian were in the movie, along with a large staff.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thanks for the song suggestion. I added both the version by Paul Anka and a metal song with different lyrics about D-Day called "The Longest Day" by Iron Maiden thanks to you!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      6 months ago

      There is "The Longest Day March" by Mitch Miller. Yes, 6/6/44.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Bob - You too!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      You to have a great Easter Weekend.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thank you! I added this suggestion. Have a great rest of your week!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      What about "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" by the Kingston Trio?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Rhona Boutwell - Thanks for the heads up.

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      Rhona Boutwell 

      8 months ago

      Check out Billy Ray Cyrus CD I'm American. The whole CD is dedicated to music about and for veterans/active members.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thank you!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      With your lists cause old songs to pop into my head. Great memories. Thank you.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thank you! I added that here as well as to the playlist, Songs About Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      Thank you, I didn't know about the Pentatonix version. Consider Mr. Lonely - by Bobby Vinton.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Bob - I looked this up for the various versions and you should hear that even Pentatonix has recorded a version!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      8 months ago

      There is the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" originally done by The Andrews Sisters. Bette Midler brought the song back in 1972.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - In spite of an extensive search on several lyrics databases, I haven't been able to locate this. Therefore, I truly hope that one of our readers can come to the rescue and leave a comment. Any guesses?

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      Anonymous 

      8 months ago

      Can you help with this song? I keep hearing thisin my mind. A girl group singing about losing her boyfriend in war. “He’s coming to me in a box made of wood, made of wood with his name on the side. He’s coming to me from a place far away, faraway where he fought and he died. Yes and he died.”

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - Although I'm not aware of the song, I'm hoping that perhaps one of the folks reading can assist.

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      Anonymous 

      8 months ago

      I am looking for a song that was written about a 21 yr old soldier that stepped on a mine, the song was written by one of his mates but sung by a song artist, it's ?( His name) Ballad. Thankyou

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      Brett 

      9 months ago

      I am a veteran IN NEED, an Aussie, i cant open these ideos to show the momma of my baby boy why i feel the way i do...........

      He.p me

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Anonymous - I'm hoping a reader might be able to help with this one, as I'm drawing a blank.

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      Anonymous 

      9 months ago

      What’s the song where the video shows two army soldiers running and one stumbled the other slows to help and in the end of the video the soldier dies?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Lori - Glad to see you on HubPages! Thanks for the song suggestions. I've added one of the Metallica songs. Have a wonderful week!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      9 months ago from USA

      Tim, Thank you for your kind encouragement and suggestions. I hope you are doing well. I see that Lori has joined HubPages. Glad to see that! Have a wonderful week.

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      Lori Staley Truzy 

      9 months ago from Raleigh, NC

      You can also add One (Metallica), Disposable Heroes (Metallica), Jack-Knife Johnny (Alice Cooper)

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      Tim Truzy 

      9 months ago from U.S.A.

      I'm glad to stumble upon another one of your wonderful playlists, Flourish. My wife and I both have a special place for our soldiers: her dad and mine both went to Vietnam. Without their sacrifice, we couldn't have accomplished many of the things we have done.

      Most of these I know and I think you did our airmen, soldiers, and sailors justice here.

      We fly a flag in our yard all year round for our guys, Flourish.

      Here's a few songs I thought about:

      Carry on my Wayward Son (Kansas) It's about serving in Vietnam.

      Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins). The theme to Top Gun. it's about flying those fighter jets or is it about love? We are not quite sure.

      CopperHead Road (Steve Earle). The narrator talks about learning a few things from"Charlie" while in Vietnam which helps him make and hide his stash.

      Anyway, love your playlists.

      I hope your day is going great.

      May you always flourish.

      To a talented and supportive writer and creative soul,

      Tim

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      FlourishAnyway 

      11 months ago from USA

      Rob - Thank you for letting me know. I've made the correction. Have a great day.

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      Rob 

      11 months ago

      I believe the Mark Shultz song in your list is actually 'Letters from War' (2003)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Vince6024 - So glad to hear that! Have a great great rest of your week!

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      Vince6024 

      13 months ago

      Thats it, thank you so much, and as for Chris LeDoux, i agree, very underrated, his version of " Tougher than the rest " is far better than Springsten and Travis Tritt, thank you once again

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Vince6024 - This has to be underrated country singer Chris LeDoux's "Silence on the Line" (1978). Although his song is about a rodeo rider rather than a soldier, the plot fits. Since the release of his song there have been email chains and posts on the internet that seem to be based heavily on this song. Some twist the plot so that it's a soldier calling his wife while others indicate it's a soldier calling his parents. Unfortunately, however, I couldn't find any songs that reflect soldiers, only Chris LeDoux's badly injured rodeo rider (not an amputee). Here is a YouTube link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZvZ4Scr_6Q so you can see if it resembles what you recall?

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      Vince6024 

      13 months ago

      That would be great, thank u

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Vince6024 - That helps narrow it down a little. Thanks. I'll see if I can find something. Stay tuned.

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      Vince6024 

      13 months ago

      Hiya, sorry dont know the name of artist or song, it was a song i heard few years ago on radio

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Vince 6024 - Thanks for your comment. When you're ready to give the name and artist of this song suggestion, let us know.

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      Vince6024 

      13 months ago

      Hi, can u help with a usa country music song, about a soldier coming home, after losing his legs in action he calls his wife, telling her is it ok to brimg a friend home who has lost his legs, she says not to bring him as she couldnt cope, so he dosnt go home, cheers amd thanx in advance

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Joel Thoenen - Great! Glad we were able to help you out. Thank you for your service to our country.

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      Joel Thoenen 

      13 months ago

      That's it. Thanks. I've been trying to find it for about 2 years. Love this song

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      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      YouTube is great.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Bob - This one was really stumping me. You saved the day. Thanks again.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      Glad I could help.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Bob - I hope that's it! Thank you very much! I've searched many POW/MIA songs and the lyrics databases and didn't come up with a viable answer and knew that it would have to be a veteran or someone with a strong knowledge of military history who could generate this song. Thank you for being so helpful!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      13 months ago

      Would it be; "It's an Honor to Serve", https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOrBjC29NE,

      It's the story of Rear Admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton Jr.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Joel - Although I don't know this song right off the bat, let me work on it. Thanks for giving so many details about it. Those often help. Stay tuned.

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      Joel 

      13 months ago

      I was hoping to get the name of a song I heard at boot camp about the longest held pow. I believe they said he was air Force. The beginning of the song started with dialogue talking about him being a pow during either Korean war or Vietnam. I haven't heard it since then and that was back in 2008 that I was in boot camp. Thanks

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      Sameer Gokhale 

      14 months ago

      Robert, unfortunately not. It was too long ago.

      I really appreciate all the help from all of you.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thanks for trying to help!

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      Robert Sacchi 

      14 months ago

      Sameer Gokhale, do you remember any of the lyrics?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      Sameer Gokhale - This is a really tough one! I've searched extensively using the information you've given me and can only really come up with Chris De Burgh "Sailor" (1991). Since so many people do read comments and questions, I'm hoping that one of our readers might know what song you're referring to.

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      Sameer Gokhale 

      14 months ago

      following up on the question - The song was on a mix tape that a friend had. I remembered two songs from it, one is big bad john and then the other is the one that i asked about. I'm inclined to say that it was a folk/country song. I want to say it was a male singer, but not sure since its been almost 25 years since I last heard it. It is an American song and was a solo.

      I remember it to be of a young sailor and how his fiance waited by the shore everyday hoping he would return.

      I'm sorry there not too much to go with here.

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      Leland Johnson 

      15 months ago from Midland MI

      Nice!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Leland, I added the song at #70. Thanks for suggesting it!

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      Leland Johnson 

      15 months ago

      Great list! Would you think about adding "Letters From War" by Mark Schultz? It's my favorite and a wonderful song.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      John - Thank you for the song suggestion.

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      John 

      15 months ago

      The one by Metallica

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Jake (aka Paul) - Thank you for your many suggestions. They will be beneficial for all hard rock and metal lovers. Have a fantastic weekend.

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      Jake Clawson 

      15 months ago from Kazakhstan

      There are some AMAZING hard rock and lite NU metal songs about that and those are amazing.

      YouTube Warrior Song Project; they got a song for all branches: Army, Navy, USAF, USMC.

      There is also a band whose members are active-duty USAF, Max Impact who also have a YouTube page AND amazing music videos to their heartfelt and motivating songs of hard rock and ballads.

      A German thrash metal band SODOM has a whole career of songs about war.

      UDO (a band established by Accept's former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider) has a beautiful song We Want War.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Joker1b - Thank you for the suggestions. "Here without You" is on the playlist "Songs About Missing Someone You Love" and I have added "Overcome" to the "Pop, Rock and Country Songs About God, Faith, and Church" playlist. Many thanks to you. Have a great weekend.

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      Joker1b 

      15 months ago

      Hi Flourish, a great list and I think I found 10 songs on here i added to my playlist. A couple suggestions for adds; Here Without You by 3 Doors Down. Used to listen to that a lot overseas and Overcome by Live after 9/11

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      Inca Jarhead - Thank you for the song suggestion. I have added it as #67. Have a terrific weekend!

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      Inca Jarhead 

      17 months ago

      Your heart belongs to me-The Supremes- one of their first hits, it’s about a girl who asks that her solider boyfriend not forget about her while he’s deployed.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      John - Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. Have a great weekend.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful collection of songs honouring servicemen and women and the veterans. Thank you for sharing.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      17 months ago from USA

      Old fat war vet from Wisconsin - Thank you for your esteemed service. What you did for our country is amazing. We appreciate you, as we continue to appreciate those who serve in uniform now.

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      Old fat war vet 

      17 months ago

      Respect and pray for our troops, just a thought from an old fat war vet from Wisconsin.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      JC Madison - Thank you for the song suggestions. I have added several of them. Have a great week!

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      JC Madison 

      18 months ago

      Sgt McKenzie, apologies, I saw Billy Joel, Goodnight Saigon

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      JC Madison 

      18 months ago

      Goodnight Saigon, Billy Joel

      Walking On a Thin Line, Huey Lewis

      Home of the Brave, Toto

      Black Stone Cherry, In My Blood

      John Wayne, An American Boy Grows Up

      John Wayne, Why Are You Marching Soon

      Producers, Dear John

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      Robert Sacchi 

      19 months ago

      You're welcome. Personally I prefer the Heidi Bruehl to the Freddy Quinn rendition of the song.

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      19 months ago from USA

      Bob - Thanks for the heads-up. I'll look up the song.

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      Robert Sacchi 

      19 months ago

      A touching article about some touching songs. There is a German song, "Hundert Mann und Ein Befehl", which uses the same tune as "The Ballad of the Green Beret". The lyrics are completely different. It is an anti-war song.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      19 months ago from USA

      MP - Well said! We owe them all our deepest gratitude.

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      MP 

      19 months ago

      hey i thank all those who have served or fallen for this country the bravery and the courage which they stand to protected this country laying down there lives to have the freedom we have today if it wasnt for them we would never gotten the freedom today.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      19 months ago from USA

      Dale Gagne - Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you also for taking the time to leave a comment and song suggestion. I've added it at #61. Have a fantastic weekend!

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      Dale Gagne 

      19 months ago

      Navy Blue by Diane Renee

      Navy Vet

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      Phoenix Sprecher - Thank you for this song suggestion. I've added it at #59. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Phoenix Sprecher 

      20 months ago

      If not me- Craig Morgan

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      kk - Thanks for that suggestion! I have added it as #58. Have a great holiday season. I hope you are spending it with those you love.

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      kk 

      2 years ago

      People Back Home - Florida Georgia Line

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      anonymous - That is one sad song. I've added it as #57. We can never thank our soldiers and veterans enough for their service.

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      anonymous 

      2 years ago

      dress blues - zac brown band

    • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Renee f Schnabel - That song was stunning. I've added it and hope that it gets the attention it merits. I see that it was just recently released. Wow!

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      Renee f Schnabel 

      2 years ago

      Airborne written and sung by Nina Łëê as a tribute to her great grandfather who received a Purple Heart as a paratrooper in World War II. This could. Be an anthem for all soldiers as a tribute to their service

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Catherine - The sheer reality that not only war but also an intentional nuclear catastrophe could happen amidst Trump's war of egos with other madmen like him make me shudder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and perspective.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I am very afraid that Trump will bumble the U.S. into new military conflicts, and even, nuclear war. Consequently, all the Vietnam era antiwar songs are on a loop in my brain. Many of the songs on this playlist take the antiwar theme down to a personal level. P.S. "Brothers" made me cry.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it so much.

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