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93 Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Even More Songs About Soldiers and Veterans

SongArtistYear 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

93. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

The Pogues

1971

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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.

Question: 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?

Answer: 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.

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

Answer: 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

Question: What are the song lyrics for "The Navy in Me" by Steve Dean?

Answer: Here's a lead for you although I was unable to find the lyrics in several lyrics databases. I looked at his website, "http://www.stevedeanmusic.com/home.html" and found the song under the discography tab (listed as "The Navy in Me" - Operation Song /Chattanooga Volume III - 2018. He's part of a trio called "Hits and Grins" so friend him on Facebook if you're a fan of the song and tell him you're looking for the lyrics he to this song he wrote.

Question: Who did the old song, "Before You Go?"

Answer: The song was a number one country hit for Buck Owens in 1965.

Question: What is the song about a soldier who went to war and when it says he's coming home it also says "this song's for the ones that never did"?

Answer: The song you want is by Justin Moore and is called "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" (2018) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRnkeo2y2kY

Question: Did you know that the song, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Dawn was about a man getting out of prison, not out of the military?

Answer: That's actually a common misunderstanding, although I can certainly see how one would come to believe that. Based on the songwriter's account, it is about a Union prisoner of war who is being released from a military prison camp. That's probably where the prisoner part came from. The lyrics, too, refer to doing his time.

The co-songwriter describes the inspiration for his song here in "The Tennessean" (https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/mus... There is also a widely used quote attributed to the same songwriter, L. Russell Brown, who attempts to set the record straight:

"This is NOT the story of a convict who had told his love to tie a ribbon book to a tree outside of town. I know because I wrote the song one morning in 15 minutes with the late lyrical genius Irwin Levine. The genesis of this idea came from the age-old folk tale about a Union prisoner of war--who sent a letter to his girl that he was coming home from a Confederate POW camp in Georgia... Anything about a criminal is pure fantasy...."

Question: What is the title of a song about a soldier who passed away during war time? The song has Mrs. in the title in reference to his mother, since she was the one that received the news.

Answer: Although that doesn't ring a bell, there is one called "Mrs. McGrath." It's an Irish folk song that has been recorded by a number of popular musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, The Dubliners, and others. It's about a woman whose son joins the British Army and returns seven years later with both legs amputated as a result of being hit by a cannonball fighting against Napoleon.

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Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 07, 2020:

MG - Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate your reading. Your honorable service to your country is a blessing.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 06, 2020:

I identify with this selection as a veteran. You have a computer brain to catalogue such collections. Thank you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 06, 2020:

Ultimatum0000 - I hope that's it, and I hope they see your response. (A lot of times people do check back.) It came out in 2013 but a lot of times people get the dates "off." Thanks for answering their question. Have a good weekend!

Ultimatum0000 on September 06, 2020:

Anonymous The 2016 metal song about the forgotten vets is wrong side of heaven by five finger death punch

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 30, 2020:

John - Thanks for your suggestion. I hadn't heard about the group.

John on April 30, 2020:

These are some great songs, but I think the band Sabaton needs at least one song on here. They are a power metal band out of Sweden that sings about soldiers and major battles throughout history. They have an album dedicated to WW1 called the great war, another called heroes which is self explanatory just to name a couple. The song TO Hell and Back is about the most decorated soldier of WW2 named Audie Murphy and it is all about PTSD.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 21, 2020:

Peggy - I appreciate your kind kudos. I hope our soldiers and veterans feel more valued and appreciated than they used to feel.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

I agree that we need to honor our soldiers and veterans every day of the year and not just for special occasions. There are many good songs on this list!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2020:

MG - Thank you for your kind comment.

Robert Sacchi on March 30, 2020:

Yes, it's very sad, especially now that all the WWI veterans are now gone.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 30, 2020:

I am a veteran and your selection was bang on. Thank you

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 30, 2020:

Bob - What a sad song. I added it.

Robert Sacchi on March 28, 2020:

This is Australian but there is "And the Band Played Watzing Matilda".

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 11, 2020:

Paula - Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I appreciate their service as well. And thanks for that cat video!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 11, 2020:

Lora - I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. Have a terrific week!

Lora Hollings on February 09, 2020:

These songs are a beautiful tribute to our brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect our liberties! You did an extraordinary job putting this list together, Flourish. The song that stood out for me is "The Other Little Soldier" by Josh Gracin. So moving!

Suzie from Carson City on February 09, 2020:

Flourish....I hold all Military close to my heart & give them the utmost respect and gratitude. Thank you so much for this wonderful list of songs dedicated to these amazing individuals. Peace, Paula

(Did I send you a video about the adorable cat that didn't want to go for a walk? Pls let me know so if I didn't I can send it to you. It's the funniest thing ever!!)

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 09, 2020:

hoodvirus - Without lyrics or even a genre I'm drawing a blank on this. Maybe a reader can help.

hoodvirus on February 07, 2020:

What soldier song came out around 2003 04. the band was from texas. it was on a debut album i think, it was released around my first deployment.in 03.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 16, 2020:

Anonymous - This video doesn't ring a bell, but perhaps a reader recalls it and will leave a comment in the Comments Section.

Anonymous on January 16, 2020:

What is the song in a small town where he proposed to his wife by writing on an overpass and it talks about it fading? The end of the music video shows his wife holding a baby on her hip with fireworks

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 20, 2019:

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

Anonymous on November 19, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 18, 2019:

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.

Anonymous on November 18, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 13, 2019:

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.

Anonymous on November 13, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 14, 2019:

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!

Anonymous on October 13, 2019:

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 (author) from USA on September 06, 2019:

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

Anonymous on September 06, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 19, 2019:

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

Thomas Palmer on July 18, 2019:

Road to Moscow, Al Stewart

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 01, 2019:

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.

Jeremyadk on June 30, 2019:

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.

Robert Sacchi on June 08, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 07, 2019:

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!

Robert Sacchi on June 06, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 19, 2019:

Bob - You too!

Robert Sacchi on April 18, 2019:

You to have a great Easter Weekend.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 18, 2019:

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

Robert Sacchi on April 17, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 17, 2019:

Rhona Boutwell - Thanks for the heads up.

Rhona Boutwell on April 17, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2019:

Bob - Thank you!

Robert Sacchi on April 11, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2019:

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

Robert Sacchi on April 10, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2019:

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

Robert Sacchi on April 08, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 06, 2019:

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?

Anonymous on April 06, 2019:

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.”

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 27, 2019:

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

Anonymous on March 26, 2019:

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

Brett on March 20, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 19, 2019:

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

Anonymous on March 19, 2019:

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?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 21, 2019:

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.

Lori Staley Truzy from Raleigh, NC on February 20, 2019:

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

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 20, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on January 18, 2019:

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

Rob on January 17, 2019:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 12, 2018:

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

Vince6024 on November 12, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 10, 2018:

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?

Vince6024 on November 10, 2018:

That would be great, thank u

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 07, 2018:

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

Vince6024 on November 06, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 01, 2018:

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

Vince6024 on November 01, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 31, 2018:

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

Joel Thoenen on October 31, 2018:

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

Robert Sacchi on October 29, 2018:

YouTube is great.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

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

Robert Sacchi on October 29, 2018:

Glad I could help.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

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!

Robert Sacchi on October 28, 2018:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 27, 2018:

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.

Joel on October 26, 2018:

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

Sameer Gokhale on October 12, 2018:

Robert, unfortunately not. It was too long ago.

I really appreciate all the help from all of you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2018:

Bob - Thanks for trying to help!

Robert Sacchi on October 11, 2018:

Sameer Gokhale, do you remember any of the lyrics?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 11, 2018:

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.

Sameer Gokhale on October 10, 2018:

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.

Leland Johnson from Midland MI on September 03, 2018:

Nice!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 03, 2018:

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

Leland Johnson on September 03, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on September 01, 2018:

John - Thank you for the song suggestion.

John on August 31, 2018:

The one by Metallica

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 26, 2018:

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

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on August 26, 2018:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on August 25, 2018:

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.

Joker1b on August 24, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 20, 2018:

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

Inca Jarhead on July 20, 2018:

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.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 08, 2018:

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

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 07, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 07, 2018:

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.

Old fat war vet on July 07, 2018:

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

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