"Citizen Soldier" as written by Bradley Kirk Arnold, Matthew Darrick Roberts, Christopher Lee Henderson and Robert Todd Harrell....
Beyond the boundaries of your city's lights.
Stand the heroes waiting for your cries.
So many times you did not bring this on yourself.
When that moment finally comes, I'll be there to help.

And on that day, when you need your brothers and sisters to care.
I'll be right here.

Citizen soldiers.
Holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
Standing on guard for the ones that we've sheltered.
We'll always be ready because we will always be there.

When there are people crying in the streets.
When they're starving for a meal to eat.
When they simply need a place to make their beds.
Right here underneath my wing, you can rest your head.

On that day, when you need your brothers and sisters to care.
I'll be right here.

Citizen soldiers.
Holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
Standing on guard for the ones that we've sheltered.
We'll always be ready because we will always be there.

Hope and pray, that you never need me.
But rest assured I will not let you down.
I walk beside you, but you may not see me.
The strongest among you may not wear a crown.

On the day when you need your brothers and sisters to care.
I'll be right here.
On that day when you don't have strength for the burden you bear.
I'll be right here.

Citizen soldiers.
Holding the light for the ones that we guide from the dark of despair.
Standing on guard for the ones that we've sheltered.
We'll always be ready because we will always be there.


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"Citizen/Soldier" as written by Christopher Lee Henderson Bradley Kirk Arnold

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  • +5
    General CommentI normally don't post to this lyric site much anymore, but the ignorant comments by some incite me to not hold my tounge.

    How come nobody has paid attention to the lyrics which read:

    When there are people crying in the streets
    When they're starving for a meal to eat, When they simply need a place to make their beds, Right here underneath my wing you can rest your head. ???

    Does it not occur to any of you that this song was written by a band from Mississippi, a state just east of Louisiana. YES - THAT Lousiana! The same one devastated by a hurricane. Does it not occur to anyone that this song is about the National Guard's response and emergency aid to Weather related crisis? Crisis that include the flooding of Iowa. Hurricane's that affect Florida.

    This song has NOTHING to do with WAR, nor the NATIONAL GUARD'S place in war. It's about the NG's service to thier fellow citizens to protect them from further harm and tragedy. Everytime I hear this song, my heart fills with pride and also a mild sadness knowing this song's inspiration was born of immeasurable human suffering. This song moves me to tears everytime I hear it.

    And to the poster above who did mention that even regular U.S. Service men and women come to the aid of others around the world, I thank you. I am former U.S. Navy, and have many Navy friends today. One was aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln when it ported into Jakarta, Indonsesia. The ship's electricity generating power plant provided much need power to the country when it's power stations were decimated by the 2005 Tsunami. The U.S. Military came to the aid of Haiti after the terrible earthquake which has killed thousands. There is no other organization in the world capable of the logistical support and runway building that America's Armed Forces can provide.

    If you hate America's involvement in wars, fine. You are entitled to that. But don't take this song out of context to spew out your opinions that have nothing to do with the message and point of this song: the National Guard of our country, be they Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine - all deserve the highest respect for being ready to serve on a moment's notice and to help protect thier countrymen from calamity.

    Thank you to all who have served. I love you all and may God bless you and your familys for sacrifices made both great and small.
    tigerx2374on March 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt is a great song, and a great tribute. I have, however, seen a different versian of the lyrics. The words are the same, but notice the capitalization choices.
    sweetslyrics.com/…

    Noticing that, and some of the word choices that 3 Doors Down has chosen (your city lights, as opposed to our city lights); I think this song was written from God's point of view. I think it should be obvious enough if you just read it through with that idea
    mandarbshadaron January 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'll agree with you Personmanthingguy. and just because "someone is doing there job" doesn't mean they are doing the right thing
    necrophageon January 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just discovered this song today, and it touches my heart deeply. I've always had the greatest of respect for the protectors of peace, and an even greater respect for those who have made the greatest sacrifice in the name of peace and freedom.
    MegaDan5on March 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI appreciate this song because it opens the door for an important debate. It speaks of saving these people from "the dark of despair," but if we were to read into the history of this country's military I think we would see that it is the cause - not the solution - of this despair. Propaganda is most clearly evident when holding a certain opinion - in this case NOT supporting our troops - runs one the risk of absolute ostracism. Einstein put it simply: "Wars will end when men refuse to fight." Wake up people! These invasions have absolutely NOTHING to do with humanitarian concerns. Our military has been stationed in these countryies only to protect the elite's economic interests in the Middle East, although that's not what Big Brother would have you believe. I'm sorry, but you cannot support the troops without supporting the war. It's the same as saying "I don't agree with cocaine use, but I support this country's cocaine dealers." TFY. QA. Enough said.
    GiftofRageon January 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a great tribute to those we have across seas
    waderking06on December 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a great tribute to those we have across seas
    waderking06on December 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, the video also and i think their new album will be awesome
    milosvion December 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbsolutely amazing. There are no other words for it.
    STNewtonon January 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song great tribute they sound exactly how they did with there older songs which is great . I can't wait till there new cd comes out
    soccerstar19on January 02, 2008   Link

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