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Top 30 Soldier Songs: #21 – “Just A Dream” by Carrie Underwood

November 15, 2008

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For those of you who missed the CMA Awards, you missed the ultimate expression of just why this song is on this list. When Carrie performed “Just A Dream” she was introduced by a women who had lost her husband in the war in Iraq and explained that this song was a gift to her and those in her position, forced to come face to face with the biggest nightmare they ever had.

“Just A Dream” focuses on a woman who is forced to come to grips with her lost fiancee, a former soldier who she planned to marry upon his return. Instead she ends up going to his funeral rather than their wedding and the happiest day of her life becomes the worst. So Carrie’s character does what anyone would do and wishes it was just a dream, holding on to that little possibility that the whole thing could be just a huge nightmare and that she’ll wake up and her love will be standing with her at the alter.

In this modern era of country music, this song is more significant for the soldier concept than many may believe because it draws on a bond many songs of its type have yet to tackle. When people hear of soldiers dying they rarely understand the hurt that their significant other really feels, especially in the situation of Carrie’s character. What Carrie does with this song is reveal the stripped down emotion and torture that comes from losing someone you love so much because they were ready and willing to do their duty.

The soldier in this song put his life on the line and left behind his fiancee to serve his country and in the end they both ended up on the wrong side of the tragedy. That in itself speaks to how much soldiers, and their closest loved ones, are willing to put on the line and the torture they risk facing to do what they believe needs to be done.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2008 1:54 pm

    I think this is the best song on Carrie’s second album and probably better than anything on her first album, it’ll be hard for her to top this one.

  2. Gabriella permalink
    May 20, 2009 4:06 am

    I abesolutely love this song! I hav a relation to it in a way. My boyfriend deployed to iraq from fort hood texas where we were stationed on november 9th of 2008. I had our baby boy on january 27th of 2009. He got to come home on march 7th for 2 weeks. He proposed to me then… I kno what its like to have your loved one to be gone so long to such a horrible place… My heart and prayers go out to you! Pfc andersons fiance gabriella

  3. Jessi permalink
    January 8, 2010 6:27 pm

    I love this song although I cannot listen to it with out crying. My boyfriend is leaving for the army in less than 2 weeks and I am a wreck.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    May 24, 2012 4:24 am

    I cant listens to this song anymore, it was hard before but now that I lived it, that I lost my fiance in Afghanistan, its too hard 😥

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