"Purple Heart" as written by Joakim Broden and Par Sundstrom....
When we signed up for the army
To a rangers company
Armed with M16's
Straight into the war

Then we served under the banner
Clad in US stars an stripes
And on moonless nights
We marched for endless miles

Once we were soldiers
Once we were young
We have found our peace
We've seen the end

Fallen in war
We belong to history
Fallen in war
Sleep 6 feet below

Heart of the brave
Cannot bring me back to life
Fallen in war
Still brothers in arms

We have fought in distant conflict
And for all to many years
Seen our friends go down
Wounded dead or lost

Know that peace comes at a high price
It may take a thousand lives
And a deep belief
Sacrifice of men

Shining heart beats no more
Buried deep deep in cold earth
Shallow grave in my motherland
Here I stay lay in darkness forever

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"Purple Heart" as written by Par Sundstrom Joakim Broden

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  • +2
    General CommentReferring to the book "Once we were soldiers once we were young" and the movie "We were soldiers"

    aka the Vietnam War
    Kralkoron April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "Purple Heart" is a decoration for wounded or fallen soldiers in the US-Army.
    IQon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about all who have fallen in conflict. It specifically mentions the United States, but it means to any that have fought and died in conflict. Also IQ the Purple Heart is given to members of any branch of the military.
    stinger85on July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery powerfull and moving song
    runequesteron September 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPresumably referring to Vietnam (M16's) but applicable to any soldiers anywhere. Very moving
    weaselfierceon November 24, 2008   Link

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