"Travelin' Soldier" as written by and Bruce Robison....
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 give him a smile
So 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 says
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
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 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 head
For the list of local Vietnam dead
Crying all alone under the stands
Was the 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
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 home

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 home


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"Travelin' Soldier" as written by Bruce Robison

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  • +2
    General CommentAnne Monique, just shut it. I TOTALLY support the Dixie Chicks. ^^ I am really proud of what they did, for even though the USA is a free country, many are scared of disagreeing of something, for the fear of getting their heads bitten off or being called 'Unamerican', which I think is just plain Bullshit. ^^ I just hope that we have more and more people boycotting something they dissagree on in the future, for it symbolizes TRUE freedom. ^^
    Myoriaon July 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsorry to yall who think this song is depressing...life isn't allbutterflies and rainbows and greener grass
    this song is very true for what was going on during the veitnam war......i love it ......as for their remark about bush i didn't love that and think that they're not all to blame only Natalie said something matry and emily didn't say anything soooo if ya wanna boycott the dixie chicks..remember you sould only be upset at 1/3 of the chicks the other 2 aren't to blame and hurting them.l.innocient people...
    cavanaughparkon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy husband is in Iraq right now. I can relate to most of this better than most. The sadness, depression and feeling of emptiness is unbearable. I don't know what I would ever do without him. This song is very sad, but I absolutly love it. I pray every day that our song doesn't have the same ending. May God bless our soldiers and bring them home safely.
    mdelnickon December 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a sweet/sad song. My ex-boyfriend of 2 years joined the Marines while we were dating but the long distance thing wasn't working out too well. We are such good friends now and everytime he comes home, we are always together. This songs describes our whole relationship...b/c I'm waiting for the love of the travelin soldier and our love will never end...
    Jezzyka77on September 15, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is sucj a sad song but i love it
    muzikchickyon September 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so depressing, but it's absolutely beautiful. The first time I heard it was with a friend who kept saying the song made him want to die.
    sharpasasp00non September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis has got to be one of the most depressing songs I've ever heard. The whole thing about a soldier leaving for vietnam, then writing a letter that says he "won't be able to write for a while", and then you never hear from him again...that's just so damn sad. Maybe what makes it even more sad is that you know that this kind of thing happened all the time (and I guess still happens today). But I must admit it is a beautiful song, musically, but it's just really depressing.
    sixtynineon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis has got to be one of the most depressing songs I've ever heard. The whole thing about a soldier leaving for vietnam, then writing a letter that says he "won't be able to write for a while", and then you never hear from him again...that's just so damn sad. Maybe what makes it even more sad is that you know that this kind of thing happened all the time (and I guess still happens today). But I must admit it is a beautiful song, musically, but it's just really depressing.
    sixtynineon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely depressing....i dont even like country that well...but this country song is great...it makes me think of a story line..and the fact that this one moment of mercy that this girl with a bow in her hair had to talk to a man that was scared outta his wits by the fact that he had to go over seas and go to war...this act of humanity ....made them both fall in love over a few hours talkin and a few letters written...this reminds me so much of finding out that somoene that used to be close to you died...and im 17..but ive had some friends die...and some that i wasnt so close to anymore..but when i found out they had died...it tore me competely apart...this song means the world to so many...out
    jvenrickon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy lil sisters were singing this one day- they are 7&5 and i was like- wut u singing? Then they played the song later and i listened hard and i cried my eyes out. I can relate in a way and it hit me hard and i cried and cried. The song is beautiful even though i don't really like country music but wow what a sad song of lost love. This might happen to alot of young girls if we go to war with Iraq. Hopefully not!!
    vurryFINEfemaleon March 09, 2003   Link

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