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Travelin' Soldier

Dixie Chicks
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Bloodshed ruins everything, especially life's simplest pleasures, like chatting with a stranger. This 2002 track finds the Chicks speaking their mind by illustrating the kind of void war leaves in so many lives.

Lo spargimento di sangue distrugge ogni cosa, soprattutto i piaceri più semplici della vita, come chiacchierare con un estraneo. Questo pezzo del 2002 tira fuori alle Chicks quel che hanno dentro, descrivendo quale vuoto la guerra lascia in tante vite.

“'Travelin’ Soldier',the current single by the Dixie Chicks, is the most powerful anti-war record of the moment. Partly that’s because it’s the one now being heard by the most people. But it’s also because the song, written by Bruce Robison, doesn’t look away from war’s inevitable human costs. A high school girl falls in love with a boy who is eventually shipped to Vietnam. At its end, she stands beneath the bleachers, sobbing. Her sweetheart has come home, but he is dead.

The record is careful not to take a explicit stand on war either way. It neither threatens revenge, as Toby Keith did in “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American),” nor does it denounce military action, as John Lennon did when he implored, “Give Peace a Chance.” Even so, “Travelin’ Soldier” is an anti-war song of the most persuasive variety–it cries out for alternatives to war by speaking honestly of its fatal consequences." [Alessandro]

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

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
Over 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

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
Over 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

23/8/2005 - 17:37



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