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wonders never cease Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eleven Songs For Veterans Day

We’re posting our Wednesday play list late Tuesday to celebrate Veterans Day. By Wednesday, many of you will still have ringing in your ears from attending the free mega-concert on the National Mall so we’re not going to even try and follow up an act like The Concert For Valor. Our hodge podge of musical genres can serve as side dish to the variety of big name artists performing to honor our veterans and active duty soldiers. 

Some of us at the shop are proud kids of distinguished veterans and we appreciate the extra effort the Feds and HBO are making this year. It’s a nice warm Veterans Day in DC so we hope you locals brave the crowds and trek down to hear the talented people make their beautiful music to honor the heroes who fight to protect our country. As far as the music choices go, we are aware that some of these songs were written as protest songs. Also, we suspect the Village People may have just put a disco beat to a recruitment speech. Either way, as much as we need to thank them for the dangers they confront around the world today and every day, we think it’s equally important that we ask our leaders to keep our soldiers out of harm’s way if we can. The protest songs we’ve chosen protest war, not soldiers. Love the warrior, hate the war, that sort of thing. Above all, be good to each other and thank every brave soldier you see, today and every day. Happy Veterans Day to one and all. 

1. The Soldiering Life – The Decemberists
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
- Abraham Lincoln

2. Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

3. In The Army – Yellowman
“Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”
- Norman Schwarzkopf

4. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
“So long as I'm Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you've served us - because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home.”
- Barack Obama

5. Volunteers of America – The Both
“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us.”
- Tom Clancy

6. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda – The Pogues
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
- Douglas Adams

7. In The Navy – The Village People
“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!”
- Sun Tzu

8. When A Soldier Makes It Home – Arlo Guthrie
“I grew up in a time when people believed in duty, honor and country. My grandfathers were both officers. My father was a General in the Air Force. My brother and I were both in the Army. I've always felt a kinship with soldiers; I think it's possible to support the warrior and be against the war.”
- Kris Kristofferson

9. Soldier Jane – Beck
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
- Elmer Davis

10. Draft Dodger Rag – Pete Seeger
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

11. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
- Douglas MacArthur

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