Top 30 Soldier Songs: #19: “Til The Last Shot’s Fired” by Trace Adkins
While we’re on the subject of Trace Adkins it’s time to introduce the #19 song on thelist of top soldier songs. If you haven’t heard it yet it’s defiantly a song to hear. “Til The Last Shot’s Fired” is a work of arts to its own credit, taking the soldier concept and reinforcing it through the persona of the lost souls of soldiers gone by.
Trace, accompanied by powerful production and instrumental support, speaks through the characters of former soldiers who lost their lives in wars. These soldiers offer their own personal perspective into the events that they were forced to endure including the circumstances of their own deaths. They also reveal that they are unable to reach peace and to move on after their deaths. They claim that they are waiting for the peace that they were fighting for. When this peace is reached and the last shot is finally fired they will then be able to move on.
As a soldier song this balled touches on a concept rarely attempted by songwriters and singers alike. It visits the souls of American forces after they are lost and instead of advertising possible disagreement or regret for serving or even worry for their family, it simply explains that the one thing that every soldier who has died would agree on is that they have not yet reached the worldwide peace that they were fighting for. In a way is suggests that these soldiers will remain to try and help their fellow American warriors towards their cause while also explaining that while these warriors would all be proud to serve their country, they would not be left in peace with the notion that they gave their lives for a cause that has not yet been met.
Trace allows this song to range from Vietnam vets to present days victims from Afghanistan and adds one significant aspect to it that makes it one of the most powerful songs on this list. The song concludes with a choir singing the chorus as if they were the souls of fallen soldiers. Trace joins them to conclude the song in an almost haunting display that speaks to the hearts of its listeners and inspires devoted support for the living and dead soldiers alike in their attempt to create and preserve worldwide peace and security for both the people they love and the people they have never even met.