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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.

  • 19
    19 Paul Hardcastle

    "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"

  • 8th of November
    8th of November 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"

  • Arlington
  • Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen

    "Someone put a rifle in my hands
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man"

  • I Don't Want to Wait
    I Don't Want to Wait Paula Cole

    "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"

  • Missing the War
    Missing the War Ben Folds Five

    "I'm missing the war
    I'm missing the war all night
    missing the war
    I'm missing the war"

  • Shadow of the Day
  • Some Gave All
    Some Gave All 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"

  • Something to Believe In
    Something to Believe In Poison

    "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"

  • The Ballad of Ira Hayes
    The Ballad of Ira Hayes Johnny Cash

    "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"

  • The War Is Over
    The War Is Over Phil Ochs

    "One-legged veterans will greet the dawn
    And they're whistling marches as they mow the lawn"

  • Walter Reed

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