Songs about Veterans
Support our troops... by listening to their songs. Outside the question of whether was is good and whether we're having too much, not enough, or just the right amount, everybody agrees that the people who put their lives on the line to fight in wars have honor. And regardless of how justified a war is, the people who fight in it are fighting for an ideal... on both sides of the battlefield.
Not all of these songs are about war directly, but the aftermath of those who served in it and then came home. It is a difficult thing to retire from a career like that and go back to normal civilian life. Even more difficult to confront the people every day, who you risked your life to protect, who do not understand what you went through or even appreciate what you've done. Even a few of these songs are about the injustice of how veterans are treated by their country. Veterans: Heavy subjects for music.
"But a Veterans Administration study
Concludes that the greater of vets
Exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances
Of being arrested or convicted"
Big & Rich
"He was dropped in the jungle
Where the choppers would rumble
With the smell of napalm in the air.
The the sergeant said
Look up ahead"
"Someone put a rifle in my hands
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man"
"He showed up all wet on the rainy front step
Wearing shrapnel in his skin
And the war he saw lives inside him still,
It's so hard to be gentle at war
The years pass by and now he has granddaughters"
Ben Folds Five
"I'm missing the war
I'm missing the war all night
missing the war
I'm missing the war"
Billy Ray Cyrus
"I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero, yes, was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free"
"Twenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn't want him back
Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon"
"Ira returned a hero
Celebrated through the land
He was wined and speeched and honored; Everybody shook his hand
But he was just a Pima Indian
No water, no crops, no chance
At home nobody cared what Ira'd done"
"One-legged veterans will greet the dawn
And they're whistling marches as they mow the lawn"
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