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Dixie Chicks – Travelin' Soldier lyrics

Two days past eighteen
He was waiting for the bus in his army green
Sat down in a booth at 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

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

So the letters came from an army camp

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

I cried never gonna hold the hand of another guy too young for him they told her waitin' for the love of the travelin' soldier our love will never end waitin' for the soldier to come back again never more to be alone when the letter said soldier's coming, {repeat chorus}

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  • u
    This song really hits home. My husband is a Vietnam veteran who really didn’t believe he was returning. He’s the only one who returned from the plane ride over. He’s felt so guilty after all these years. It’s not just about a guy and a girl. It’s about parents, siblings, friends and family who received letters from Nam. Love
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  • twighlighttime
    This is a very touchy song for me. I don't care about the fact that he's a soldier. What I care about is the fact that the song reminds me of my brother. I was very close to my brother. He went to some friends house one night and then right around midnight called and said tat he wasn't coming home. I heard from him last right around a month ago. When He decided that he wasn't coming home was about 6 years ago. This really changed me. A lot. I used to be a social butterfly. Now I am seemingly shy. I can't seem to start any good conversations any more.
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  • u
    This song really touches my heart because my brother and my boyfriend are soldiers. My brother is in the Air Force and my boyfriend is in Army. I love them both dearly. This song is about so much more then a solider. It is about finding your true love and having them for as long as you can.
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