Top 30 Soldier Songs: #6 – “Brothers” by Dean Brody
The most recent release to hit this list is a powerful and increasingly popular 2008 single by newcomer Dean Brody. Originally a Canadian artist, Dean made his way to America and signed with Broken Bow records, home to Jason Aldean and former home to Craig Morgan. His debut single focuses on a very rare concept concerning soldiers, the connection between brothers as one is forced to leave the other behind to go off to war.
The concept of brotherly love, or even just sibling love, is very rare for these types of songs. Usually the soldier concept surrounds the idea of an entire family or a personal connection to the soldier’s parents, but barely ever focuses on how the connection between two siblings can be severed by doing one’s duty. You could argue that because Dean is a relatively new act such a song is undeserving of a high spot in the best soldiers songs in the genre, but to that anyone who has heard this song would say..WRONG!!! No matter how new or experienced Dean is when a song like this comes around it is a must here. The story focuses on how two brothers, separated by war, are forced to deal with being apart and even though they may not have shown the most love for each other throughout their lives, they show their true colors when war forces them apart.
Deans debut single focuses on the relationship the two brothers in a family share and how this is tested by the older sibling going off to war. The first verse takes place when the older brother leaves and his younger brother finds himself breaking down and hugging him goodbye trying to offer anything, of course these are all child bribes, to stay home instead. However this obviously does not stop his older brother who, in the second verse, receives a letter from his younger sibling making sure he is alright and ensuring that he will come home safe once again. The third verse is what brings this whole thing to a climax. The older brother comes home two years later in a wheel chair, wounded in battle, and feels like a burden to his younger brother. However his younger brother simply pushes him away and say “this is what brothers are for”, a consistent message the older brother used when he was at war trying to justify leaving his younger brother behind.
It’s always exciting when a new act hits the scene and it makes it all the more satisfying when they offer a song like this that covers new ground in an area generaly overpopulated. Brody manages to take the soldier concept and twist it in a whole new direction by relating the idea of sibling connections in the context of a soldier’s life during war. For a first shot at radio this may be clouded over as an attempt to tear at the heartstrings to score an easy break into the genre, however it’s much more than that. It is the newest and one of the greatest installments in a long line of soldier songs that have graced country music and have now touched even deeper into the soldier as more than just a figure of war.