Travelin’ Soldier

Music HighwayAs the United States on November 11 proudly remembers its soldiers (mostly men) who, by virtue of their stint in the armed forces, are now veterans, let us also remember their spouses and girlfriends who stood behind theses soldiers when they were stationed away from home. Very little is heard about these individuals, at least to me.

These women bore the concerns of their loved ones being in foreign lands facing daily dangerous uncertainties.

Yet, I do not see any of these stayed-at-home ladies (or men as the case may be) receive significant recognition for their sacrifice. No awards. No medals. The only thing I notice is many of them being handed a flag (honorably done so) during their mate’s funeral ceremonies. I believe more can be done in appreciation of these women.

Many of their love ones who have returned from war zones are now dealing with life-long wounds and post traumatic symptoms everyday.

There is now much valor to be witnessed in the lives of these women as they heroically made adjustments in their lifestyle in moving their families forward.

On Veterans Day, let us indeed not only salute our heroes wherever they may be, but also acknowledge those who are devoting themselves for their beloved soldiers who served our country.

dixie single

Single release

Travelin’ Soldier (2002)
lyrics – Bruce Robinson
music – Bruce Robinson
sung by – Dixie Chicks
genre – Country, acoustic
album – Home (2002)

Two days past eighteen
He was waiting for the bus in his army greens
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 while
And talking to me, I’m feeling a little low
She said I’m off in an hour and I know where we can go

Dixie album

Album release – 2002

So they went down and they sat on the pier
He said I bet you got a boyfriend but I don’t care
I got no one to send a letter to
Would you mind if I sent one back here to you

Chorus: I cried
Never gonna hold the hand of another guy
Too young for him they told her
Waitin’ for the love of a travelin’ soldier
Our love will never end
Waitin’ for the soldier to come back again
Never more to be alone when the letter said
A soldier’s coming home

So the letters came from an army camp
In California then Vietnam
And he told her of his heart
It might be love and all of the things he was so scared of
He said when it’s getting kinda rough over here
I think of that day sittin’ down at the pier
And I close my eyes and see your pretty smile
Don’t worry but I won’t be able to write for awhile

Chorus: I cried
Never gonna hold the hand of another guy
Too young for him they told her
Waitin’ for the love of a travelin’ soldier
Our love will never end
Waitin’ for the soldier to come back again
Never more to be alone when the letter said
A soldier’s coming home

One Friday night at a football game
The Lord’s prayer said and the Anthem sang
A man said folks would you bow your heads
For a list of local Vietnam dead
Crying all alone under the stands
Was a 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

Chorus: I cried
Never gonna hold the hand of another guy
Too young for him they told her
Waitin’ for the love of a travelin’ soldier
Our love will never end
Waitin’ for the soldier to come back again
Never more to be alone when the letter says
A soldier’s coming

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