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