Song Lyric Sunday 5/28/17 – Another Old Soldier

I would say “Happy Memorial Day” but in reality, Memorial Day is anything but happy if you get down to it. It’s a somber reminder of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom (and this doesn’t apply to just the US, but to any first-world, free democratic country).

So a song about the military is our assignment for Song Lyric Sunday. Fitting for sure. When I saw the prompt I knew exactly where I was going to go with it.

This song is particularly emotional for me, coming from a family with multiple deceased military men. My great-grandfather (who I am named after) served honorably in the US Army cavalry and his memory is forever etched into the dermis on my left calf. My step-father’s dad was retired Air Force. When I think of them and reflect on their memories, I am reminded of this song and I can’t help but tear up a

Here then is “Another Old Soldier” by Mark Collie:

He was haggard and gray, and he walked with a limp
He’d have him a smoke, and he’d take him a sip
Born in the summer of twenty-four
Son of a veteran of the first world war

He entered the service in forty-one,
And he didn’t come home till the fighting was done
Wearing a silver star on his chest
Damn proud to say he was one of the best

Twenty-one guns, the stars and stripes
An eye full of tears, and a heart full of pride
When you hear that distant bugle play
And another old soldier fades away
And another old soldier fades away

He took a bullet in the hip, outside in ‘Chang(?).
But he was back in the field by fifty-one
Said Douglas MacArthur was a man among men
And Harry S. Truman was a horse’s end

He never questioned his uncle Sam
When they sent him into Vietnam
When they brought him home in seventy-three
A hundred percent disability

Twenty-one guns, the stars and stripes
An eye full of tears, and a heart full of pride
When you hear that distant bugle play
And another old soldier fades away
And another old soldier fades away

He loved this country with all of his might
Right up until the day he died
In a crowded ward at the local V.A.
Another old soldier fades away

Twenty-one guns, the stars, the stripes
An eye full of tears, and a heart full of pride
When you hear that distant bugle play
And another old soldier fades away
And another old soldier fades away
Source: Lyrics transcribed by me as no accurate lyrics were to be found. The (?) has to do with my inability to discern this particular word – it’s been a mystery to me since the first time I heard it.

Anyway, that’s my contribution this week. Hopefully it makes one reflect on the gravity of the day. It definitely serves as a sobering reminder for me.

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3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 5/28/17 – Another Old Soldier

  1. I love how country music lends itself to more reflective subjects – this is really good (yet again I couldn’t click on the link above though, but had to open a new tab and search for it. Which is fine as it means I can post this comment whilst still listening to the song, but I wonder why is YouTube trying to stop me listening to your suggestions?!)

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  2. I hadn’t heard this one before, but it is another one that touches the heart. As you know, I don’t love country music anymore, but sometimes the simplicity of the lyrics lends itself well to the storytelling. Great pick for the week!

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