I have often told you stories about the way
I lived the life of a drifter
Waiting for the day

When I'd take your hand and sing you songs
Then maybe you would say
"Come lay with me and love me"
And I would surely stay

But I feel I'm growing older
And the songs that I have sung
Echo in the distance
Like the sound
Of a windmill going round
Guess I'll always be a soldier of fortune

Many times I've been a traveller
I looked for something new
In days of old when nights were cold
I wandered without you

But those days I thought my eyes had seen you standing near
Though blindness is confusing
It shows that you're not here

Now I feel I'm growing older
And the songs that I have sung
Echo in the distance
Like the sound
Of a windmill going round
Guess I'll always be a soldier of fortune

I can hear the sound
Of a windmill going round
Guess I'll always be a soldier of fortune

I guess I'll always be
A soldier of fortune


Lyrics submitted by shadowcml

Soldier Of Fortune Lyrics as written by David Coverdale Ritchie Blackmore

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Soldier of Fortune song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

28 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's about a guy who is looking for true love, yet never seems to find it...

    Great song.

    ~Mitsuko

    Mitsukoon May 31, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    could it be about a guy who is in love with a women, but she wont respond the way he wants her to? and he has grown tired of waiting for her response

    Scarfazeon February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    So sad, it's so sad and depressing, really good song.

    PuNkRuLeZ69on July 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Really depressing. Their best and the best rock balld ever. He is talking to a lady he has not yet meet. A piece of art.

    johnpanon April 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    lovely lyrics but they're terribly depressing. why much all the good songs be so sad??

    david coverdale is a good singer but ian gillian is definitely better.

    Ereinionon March 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    actually the best rock ballad I've ever heard. a perfect composition - perfect instrumentation - coverdale at his best

    tvmanon August 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I personally think this is their best song. It's the greatest ballad by all means; it's wonderful.

    Mr. No Nameon January 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Perfect. Such a chilled song. Must have listened to it about 50 times in the last week, and I'm still not bored of it. First heard it on Monday, driving around countryside in the dark, stars out, feeling totally content. This will stick with me for years to come. Completely timeless.

    paperdollon April 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The name of the singer isn't Ian Gillian???

    dylanrockson February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Beautiful song. Reminds me of Stairway to Heaven.

    minihatson February 07, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
The Night We Met
Lord Huron
This is a hauntingly beautiful song about introspection, specifically about looking back at a relationship that started bad and ended so poorly, that the narrator wants to go back to the very beginning and tell himself to not even travel down that road. I believe that the relationship started poorly because of the lines: "Take me back to the night we met:When the night was full of terrors: And your eyes were filled with tears: When you had not touched me yet" So, the first night was not a great start, but the narrator pursued the relationship and eventually both overcame the rough start to fall in love with each other: "I had all and then most of you" Like many relationships that turn sour, it was not a quick decline, but a gradual one where the narrator and their partner fall out of love and gradually grow apart "Some and now none of you" Losing someone who was once everything in your world, who you could confide in, tell your secrets to, share all the most intimate parts of your life, to being strangers with that person is probably one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. So Painful, the narrator wants to go back in time and tell himself to not even pursue the relationship. This was the perfect song for "13 Reasons Why"
Album art
Mental Istid
Ebba Grön
This is one of my favorite songs. https://fnfgo.io
Album art
Blue
Ed Sheeran
“Blue” is a song about a love that is persisting in the discomfort of the person experiencing the emotion. Ed Sheeran reflects on love lost, and although he wishes his former partner find happiness, he cannot but admit his feelings are still very much there. He expresses the realization that he might never find another on this stringed instrumental by Aaron Dessner.
Album art
Punchline
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran sings about missing his former partner and learning important life lessons in the process on “Punchline.” This track tells a story of battling to get rid of emotions for a former lover, whom he now realized might not have loved him the same way. He’s now caught between accepting that fact and learning life lessons from it and going back to beg her for another chance.
Album art
Amazing
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.