Nineteen

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Nineteen
The number on his back
Voted captain of the high school football team
Took us all the way to state
Got a scholarship to play down at Tennessee
He could catch, he could throw, he could run
He could go, like you’ve never seen

Nineteen
But on the day those twin towers came down
His whole world turned around
He told ‘em all, I can’t play ball, there’s a war on now
He marched right in with a few good men, and joined the marines
At Nineteen

He’s the boy next door
He might have carried your bags at the grocery store
Now he’s somebody’s son, in a hole with a gun, in a foreign land
Tryin’ to hold on to his American dream
At Nineteen

There’s a sniper out there in the dark somewhere
And a soldier’s down
We need someone who can duck and run and get him out somehow
Won’t one good man raise his hand, and take one for the team
Well, how ‘bout you Nineteen?

He’s the boy next door
He might have carried your bags at the grocery store
But, he’s somebody’s son, in a hole with a gun, in a foreign land
Tryin’ to hold on to his American dream
Nineteen, Nineteen

They brought him home today with a big parade down on Main Street
He got a purple heart and a silver star, a soldier gave a speech
He could catch, he could throw, he could run
He’s the one that rescued me
Could’ve played for Tennessee
He was Nineteen
He was only Nineteen


Written by: Tom Hambridge, Gary Nicholson, Jeffrey Steele