Song Lyric Sunday – Travelin’ Soldier by the Dixie Chicks

This is the first song I thought of when I posted the theme, so I’m going to just run with it, even if it is a bit obvious.  I was a huge Country Music fan back in the early 2000’s when this song came out.  I also loved the Dixie Chicks and still do, whenever I hear them.

This song is a heart-breaker, but so beautiful in its simplicity.  I also love Natalie Maines’ voice and the harmonies the they create.

If you haven’t heard the song, I do hope you enjoy and have a good little cry on me today!

Written by: Bruce Robinson
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Two days past eighteen
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 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.”

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

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.”

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 but nobody really cared
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about the military.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Travelin’ Soldier by the Dixie Chicks

  1. Oh my, Helen! I love this song and the Dixie Chicks. In fact, this is the one I was going to post for today! I do have some more I’m considering, though. Thanks so much for posting this in honor of all the forgotten soldiers.

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  2. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of country music, but when I heard the chorus, I remembered this song. I’m so glad for the opportunity to really listen to all the words and the music. It’s beautiful. Sad, but beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

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