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Top 30 Soldier Songs: #19: “Til The Last Shot’s Fired” by Trace Adkins

November 24, 2008

X (TEN)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.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Austin Babb permalink
    November 25, 2008 6:47 am

    The “choir” at the end of the song is The United States Military Academy Cadet Glee Club, of which I am a member. We are all in the process of becoming Officers to serve in the Army, and while I don’t speak for everyone, almost every one of us has been personally touched by the loss of a fallen brother or sister in arms.

  2. cowboybleau permalink*
    November 25, 2008 3:20 pm

    thank you for pointing that out Austin. I was wondering who the choir was. you guys did a great job here. Good luck on becoming officers and keep up the good work.

  3. Deborah Merritt permalink
    November 30, 2008 8:38 pm

    After watching Trace in the GAC special 10 days in Iraq and Aphaganistan, seeing Trace talk about X on several nationwide TV programs and purchasing his new album X yesterday I feel I must respond.

    Till the last shots fired is the followup to the hit song Arlington. As Trace explained it
    the soldier cannot go home until the last shot is fired in the last war.

    He said the West Point Cadette Choir is breathing taking and its very true!
    He said he had to get permission from the Pentagon to use this song on the album.

    I have all of Trace’s albums! I can honestly say that X is Trace’s finest album!

    I am please that Until the last shots fired is #19. Now I must find out what # Arlington is.

  4. john permalink
    January 31, 2009 6:14 am

    thank you for your prayer i live with this night mare every day

  5. Larry permalink
    April 3, 2009 4:17 pm

    I like the song but the lyrics could have been a little more universal. He starts outs singing about Confederate forces – this was an army, that although fighting for their state’s rights, had separated from the United States, were commanded by officers who were traitors to their oath of office in the U.S. Army, and were at least indirectly fighting to support the institution of slavery. Later on Adkins makes a reference to Mary. There are lots of soldiers who’ve fought for our freedom who aren’t Christian. Go to any military cemetery and you’ll see lots of Stars of David scattered among the Crosses. The blood on the shores of Normandy beach was the blood of Americans, not just Christians.

    • John permalink
      February 11, 2010 4:03 am

      I agree. I was confused at first when he was singing from the confederate point of view. Both sides lost good men, but why take the side of the Confederates? It’s 2010. No one should seriously be supporting or taking the side of the Confederates in a war that they already (rightfully) lost. I’m from the South, but hanging onto the Civil War and standing for the Confederates just makes us seem ignorant and racist.

      • R.I.P FAMILY SCHWARTZ may god be with u in the war permalink
        August 12, 2010 9:46 am

        look all the way down there thats for both of u…..

    • Gregg permalink
      December 15, 2010 12:10 pm

      man FU im a proud southern

  6. Leeann Ward permalink
    April 3, 2009 9:01 pm

    This is a wonderful song. I even think the choir works here despite other’s opinions to the contrary. Trace really shines on these kinds of balads and I love that Frank Rogers’ production is restrained and very tasteful.

  7. steve permalink
    April 6, 2009 1:39 pm

    Larry,

    get a life. enjoy a great song. seems like you would dis the Mona Lisa cause she looks better with a mushtache.

  8. Wanona permalink
    April 9, 2009 2:38 am

    More appreciation is needed for the men and women who serve in our armed forces. The pay is terrible and the danger is great. They define the word “hero.” They song was wonderful, and I know the life of a military. I was a daughter, sister,niece, and aunt of the Marine Corps. And a mother of a Army soldier it comes from the heart to serve your country with pride and the willingness to die for such a belief. Everyone should thank a soldier or verteran daily for their service.

  9. tim permalink
    April 9, 2009 5:05 am

    Thank you all for your great sacrifice and contribution. Enough can not be said for our young men and women of the armed forces.

  10. vijay permalink
    April 9, 2009 12:58 pm

    I like that

  11. Timothy permalink
    April 24, 2009 2:12 pm

    This song, when I first heard it was on the AMC Awards when Trace Adkins and the West Point Glee Club performed it. Its smoothing music and the powerful voices that went with it, made my skin get covered with goosebumps and tears fall from my eyes. My family and the house in which I reside are all very family oriented and we have family and friends serving in our armed forces. This is a Thank You, to all of our brothers and sisters serving in the armed forces, to Trace Adkins and the West Point Glee Club, and to the ones who have fallen. Thank you so much for what you do,what you have done, and for what you will do.

  12. Jim Tierney permalink
    January 12, 2010 11:07 pm

    Loved the song from the first time I heard it at a memorial day tribute in Las Vegas. I am from Australia and our son’s are working in Vegas. I googled the words and came up with the Track on ITunes and put it into my movie of our trip. It did give us all goose bumps just lsitening to the words and seeing the names of the fallen being displayed on the overhead canopy in Freemont St. Sorry that Larry feels the way he does but I guess if you are not a Christian that is understandable. I guess by being a Christian it makes you realise that if a loved one or comrade does die in battle they are at peace and we will meet them again.

    Have a good day

    Jim

  13. Jessie permalink
    January 26, 2010 8:36 pm

    Larry wants a more ‘universal’ theme? I suppose Trace could have thrown in some references to the poor Wehrmacht soldier freezing to death in Russia or the Japanese mini-sup commander sinking to the bottom of Pearl Harbor – soldiers all – but I don’t think that would have fit the spirit of what he intended. He is from Louisiana and no doubt had relatives that fought in ‘the War’ and were probably up on Overton Hill. Confederates were Americans too – maybe more American than the other side, depending on your point of view. Thousands of their grandsons went ashore at Omaha and beyond, so I think the link between the eras in this wonderful song is fitting and proper.

    • Phillip permalink
      February 12, 2011 10:17 pm

      Jessie, great point. My family history has members that died in the Battle of Nashville(Overton HIll) and others were captured and sent to Camp Douglas. They were Americans too. For anyone to say they were not, I can’t imagine anything more untrue. I have a heritage that extends from the French and Indian War, Independence, 1812, the Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietham, Persion Gulf, and now Iraq and Afghanstan. I dare say that our founders were seen as traitors by many in the Colonies as well as in England. Thank God they stood up for themselves and us all. The civil war was an awful affair but it made us a better country. I am so glad that Trace added those lyrics and don’t think he cares what a bunch of people who do not have a clue think. Thank you Trace.

  14. Colonel Wayne permalink
    February 16, 2010 9:23 pm

    John/Larry, you guys are missing the point. Thinking the song “takes the side of the confederates” proves that. Man it is a song about the everyday soldier. The guy who fights, kills and sometimes dies for his country. Those rebel soldiers were not traitors, nor were teh Generals who led them. In 1860, ALL American’s affliated with their states first. Jesse, good on you for seeing that a soldier is a soldier and the enemy is just a kid with a different color uniform. War sucks. There is no glory to it. This song and presentation were an amazing tribute. Finally, the civil war was not racist. It was about preserving the union. Lincoln went to war, just like King George III did 90 years earlier–to preserve the political ties that bind. Slavery was a bi-product, and if Lincoln had thought allowing slavery to continue would have preserved the union and avoided war, he would have done so. “the Civil War was fought to end slavery” is from a politically correct 4th grade textbook. As a former UN peacekeeper, American combat veteran and retired military officer, Thank you Trace for this gift.

  15. future airman permalink
    April 12, 2010 12:05 pm

    This song really touched my heart. It made me stop and actually say a prayer for peace.

  16. SA Stephen Farrant permalink
    August 6, 2010 6:52 pm

    This is an amazing song. As Col. Wayne said, the song is about THE American solider. I’m 15 and in a program called the USN Sea Cadet Corps. Last month at a training, a Master Cheif played this song for us. We had just been to the naval base’s cemetary. When you have seen the price payed for your freedom, the price of men and women who layed down there lives, and then listen to that song, it is really moving. Many of us were crying. And thank you Col. Wayne for your service to this country.

    • R.I.P FAMILY SCHWARTZ may god be with u in the war permalink
      August 12, 2010 9:46 am

      that is what most of us people in the army do and if u think of joining becareful what u do in action

  17. R.I.P FAMILY SCHWARTZ may god be with u in the war permalink
    August 12, 2010 9:44 am

    WTF JOHN LARRY ITS A FUCKING WAR MANY PEOPLES FAMILY MEMEBERS DIED AS U SEE MY NAME IT IS A FUCKING WAR AND JOHN UR FROM THE SOUTH OK I GET IT BUT U DONT GO AND DIS PEOPLE LIKE THAT AND LARRY JUST READING UR FIRST SENTENCE IS SUM BULLSHIT U SAID I RESPEACT THE ARMY THATS Y I SULUTE THE FLAG EVERY DAY AND SAY THE PLEAGE OF ALLEGENCE AND I AM IN THE USMC AND U GO AND DISPEACT THE ARMY MAN GET OUT OF THIS PLACE UR IN THE WRONG PLACE FOR SAYING THAT!!!!!!!!!! >:l ps if u do join and i find out what base ur at im transforing to that base and giving u hell….

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