Here’s another soldier-themed song entitled “Nineteen,” an original record of the American country music duo, Waycross. The story told in this song will certainly capture your heart. It’s a song inspired by the 9-11 attack. As such, it pays homage to the young men who decided to put their lives on the line in the name of national service. Duty called and many young men between the ages of 18 and 25 have willingly served in Iraq without hesitation. Ultimately, a number of them have also paid the price. Bravery, selflessness, and patriotism were clearly portrayed in the song.
A Few Facts of the Song
“Nineteen” was a debut and the only recorded single of Waycross comprising of Ted Moxley and Ben Stennis. Released in June 2007, the words to it were penned by Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, and Gary Nicholson. It tells a story of a high school football standout. He’s supposedly 19 years old and the same figure was his number in his high school football team. Because of his talent on that sport, he was offered a scholarship at the University of Tennessee. However, after watching the 9-11 attack which brought down the twin towers, he turned down the offer. He decided to serve in the marines, instead. He heeded his country’s call of duty and ended up saving another soldier’s life. This later earned him a purple heart. The compelling message of the song was probably one of the reasons why it became an instant hit for the singing duo. It just missed entering the Hot Country Songs chart Top 40 peaking at No. 54.
After Waycross, other artists began recording the song. American Idol fifth-season winner, Taylor Hicks covered the song in 2009. Billy Ray Cyrus‘ version of the song followed in 2011. It was released on his album I’m American. His version charted at No. 58 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. That makes it his first chart entry since “A Good Day” which peaked at No. 59 in September 2009. The following, Clayton Bellamy released his record of the song on his 2012 album Everyone’s a Dreamer.
Billy Ray Cyrus’ Cover
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