September 10

Jo Dee’s Military Funeral Song, “Heaven Was Needing a Hero”


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Country music singer Jo Dee Messina (l) and a photo of a female soldier (r) | Photo credits:;

Soldiers, wars, heroism, and the like are among the favorite themes of a song. Any time you search a tune on this subject, you’ll certainly find one. These songs are beautiful expressions of the numerous stories of bravery, patriotism, fall, and victory of those men and women in uniform. Country music offers a bunch of good songs on this topic and we have featured several of them here on Country Thang Daily. Here is another one to add to your list. It’s a military funeral song that country music singer Jo Dee Messina wrote and recorded. She called it “Heaven Was Needing a Hero.” Read further to find out more of this ballad.

The Military Funeral Song

Set to a slow tempo, “Heaven Was Needing a Hero” was written by Messina following the death of the first female American soldier in the Iraqi War. Hence, it’s commonly used as a tribute song to all fallen soldiers. The song was released on Messina’s 2010 album Unmistakable Inspiration. TheBigger Than Thissinger was deeply moved by the soldier’s death and that her song speaks a lot about it. She seemed to have poured out all the sincerity present in her heart on this tune. There’s no denying the pull that the song had to her fans each time she performs it in concerts.

In the song, the cancer survivor singer is talking to someone she considers a hero who, obviously, has gone to the afterlife. In the first verse, the narrator’s sentiments can be felt strongly. The feelings of disbelief, sorrow, and pain that the narrator is having cannot be overstated. There is even a slight regret seen from her as she said on the line,

If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time
I’d have held you and never let go

In the chorus, the singer tried to display open-mindedness. She let herself understand the reason why her beloved had to leave this world too soon. That’s why she mentioned,

I guess Heaven was needing a hero
Somebody just like you
Brave enough to stand up for what you believe and follow it through

The second and final stanza was more of a recollection as the narrator recalls past memories of her friend. Here, she remembers the last time she saw her. She was so proud of her departed friend’s accomplishments and was truly happy inside seeing her “standing out in the crowd.” She also expressed her sentiment of needing her but can no longer be around as the heaven above needed her more.

Listen to the emotive military funeral song “Heaven Was Needing a Hero” below by Jo Dee Messina.

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