Dixie Chicks: Travelin' Soldier Meaning
Song Released: 2002
Travelin' Soldier Lyrics
He was waiting for the bus in his army green
Sat down in a booth in a cafe there'
Gave his order to a girl with a bow in her hair
He's a little shy so she gives him a smile
And he said would you mind sittin' down for a...
anonymous Apr 25th, 2008 4:19am report
The song is a ballad so pretty much tells the story itself. It's set sometime during the Vietnam war.
a guy just turned 18 is enlisted in the army and getting sent to an army camp and he's kinda nervous about it all. He doesn't really have anyone in his life to care about him and feels alone. He's sat in some cafe and asks this young girl working there if she would mind talking to him for a while so when she finishes work they go to the pier and sit and talk. He explains how he doesn't have anyone in his life and asks if he could write to her and she agrees.
He gets sent to an army camp in California then on to Vietnam and is writing her letters all the time. He tells her that he thinks he loves her and all the things that he's afraid of and how he thinks about her and when they met whenever he feels scared and it cheers him up. Then he tells her that he's not going to be able to write for a while but that she shouldn't worry.
The story then picks up at a football game in the girls town and after the anthem has been sung and the lords prayer said a man asks everyone to bow their heads as he reads a list of the soldiers killed in vietnam. Under one of the stands is the young girl crying because the soldier she fell in love with is one of the names read.
The chorus is basically talking about her crying and not thinking she'll ever be able to love anyone else again because she's still waiting for the soldier to come home. She doesn't want to believe that he's really never coming home so she waits for the letter telling her he's coming home safe and everyone is telling her she's too young to be spending the rest of her life waiting for the soldier to return and trying to convince her to move on but she refuses saying that she won't be alone once her soldier comes home.
anonymous Nov 17th, 11:48pm report
my interpretation? why was she at the football game? bc she’s the piccalo player in the marching band. when one name was read nobody cared but her. she’s referred to “the pretty little girl w the bow in her hair” again bc that who she was introduced as at the beginning.
anonymous Nov 16th, 11:47pm report
i hate this song all of you gyes are gigaboos nigga
anonymous Dec 10th, 2016 12:14am report
Come on people. The soldier does die. And just like the soldier had no one to care for him when he was alive except the girl, the piccolo player-No one mourns him in his death but the girl. She almost the only person that will ever remember he lived. Its haunting really. Wrap yourself up in those emotions.
anonymous Aug 13th, 2016 8:54am report
I am very confused, I see it as the piccolo player had a loved one announced then her soldiers name came up, unfortunately I am lost after that, hence why I am on this feed, either he really is dead,and she is in denial, he is dead and she is not in denial, or she thinks he is dead but he comes home after all, alive and well......?
anonymous Jul 4th, 2016 7:35pm report
Well let me tell my meaning of the song I had cousin and who died 15yrs ago and I truthfully did have someone in the marines that I fell in love with and stuff and he died so this song has to me than some people think.
anonymous Jun 28th, 2016 6:46pm report
I have watched many videos that people make of this song and some of the videos show that he did die and other videos don't.
anonymous Jun 24th, 2016 6:38am report
Maybe at the end, the girl with the bow in her hair is actually the baby of the soldier and the girl....???
anonymous May 26th, 2016 5:49am report
I love this song it is just so calming. I did love a soldier who always travelled around.
anonymous May 11th, 2016 5:18am report
The man that sang "original song", as one person noted--unless there is an older one that I can't find--was Bruce Robison, who, at the time, was the brother-in-law of one of the Dixie Chicks. If you listen to his version, you can here that they are singing back-up. I don't know which actually sang the song first, though, although they were certainly sung around the same time.
anonymous May 25th, 2015 5:01am report
Most of this song is self explanatory until you realise that the Dixie chicks version is a cover version and the original song was sung by a man.
That's where the third person / first person stuff gets confusing.
He sings about the boy and the girl in the third person, until the line 'I cried'.
So what is his relationship to the girl?
anonymous May 4th, 2015 5:32am report
I've never been able to tell from the lyrics "Crying all alone under the stands
Was the piccolo player in the marching band
And one name read and nobody really cared
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair" if that means she was the piccolo player and he died so she was crying or if the piccolo player is someone else and the pretty little girl with the bow in her hair sympathizes and comforts them.
I used to think it was the latter but now that I'm older I've begun to wonder if he did die.
anonymous Feb 9th, 2015 2:43pm report
i have two interpretations - one is that the soldier she fell in love with died, and one is that she wasn't the girl who played piccolo in the marching band and her soldier did come home.
anonymous Jun 23rd, 2014 6:03am report
I really love this song cuz it is a unique song showing a sad love story
This song is basically about a guy who just turned 18 and is enlisted in the army and he sees a girl in the cafe and talks to her after her shift because he has no one around him. He ends up writing letters to her and they fall in love. Then when he gets deployed to Vietnam he dies in war and she doesn't know until at a local football game the announcer says the list of names of soldiers who died in Vietnam and his name is announced. She is the only one who cares.
anonymous Jul 13th, 2012 7:19am report
This song is my life. Kinda creepy cuz I just listened to this song for the first time. I'm waiting for my soldier who people say I'm too young for, but no one understands. we write letters and he's been to training in california. I'm in the marching band and play piccolo, all I'm hoping for is that it won't end like that.
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