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Bill Anderson's 'Old Army Hat' Is A Moving Patriotic Tribute You Won't Want To Miss!

Classic country Songs | Bill Anderson's 'Old Army Hat' Is A Moving Patriotic Tribute You Won't Want To Miss! | Country Music Videos
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Longstanding Opry member and classic country singer, Bill Anderson may have had an incredibly successful career throughout the '60s and '70s, but he's still churning out some great music! 

Released in 2013, Anderson's patriotic tune "Old Army Hat" gained a lot of attention for it's ending mashup with "The National Anthem" and its old-school storytelling sound.

Focused around "grandpa's old Army hat", the song tells a story about a veteran who returned from war and regularly wears his old Army hat to remember the men who lost their lives. Set from the perspective of his grandson's point of view, it gives a unique look at the affect war has on a family. 

Anderson has been charting songs since his 1959 debut single "That's What It's Like To Be Lonesome", and his first top-ten hit in 1960 "Tip Of My Fingers". Since those inaugural hits, he has released over 50 albums and spent a good part of his career songwriting for other artists. 

In this incredible video below, the legendary Bill Anderson pays tribute to our men and women in the armed forces.

Listen carefully, this tune will move you!


He came home to Tennessee
A young man at the end of forty-five
Only one of seven men in his platoon that made it back alive

He must have seen some tough times
But he never talked too much about all that
Put his pictures and his memories in the cedar chest
Everything but his old army hat

By the time I graduated
The winds of change had blown across our land
They were burning flags and draft cards
When they bothered to take some kind of stand

And we used to laugh at grandpa
Like he was some old relic from the past
Cause he never left the house less he was wearing
That funny looking worn out army hat

Every eye was on him anytime that he went anywhere
They whispered and they pointed
But you could tell that grandpa didn't care

I ain't weaning this for them he said
It's a whole lot more than that
For my buddies who gave everything the least that I can do
Is keep on wearing this old army hat

He called me up one morning
Said he'd seen it on the news on his TV
They've opened up a monument to World War II in Washington D.C.

I ain't getting any younger
And I wish someone would take me to see that
I couldn't help to think they will gonna laugh at you
If you show up in that silly army hat

Two strangers both saluted
Aas grandpa walked up to the monument
One said :thank you soldier for a job well done
The other said :amen

And a young boy said:
Sir my daddy went to war and never made it back
Would you take a picture standing here beside me ?
And maybe let me wear your army hat

Every eye was on him and there was not a dry one in the crowd
They whispered and they pointed
And grandpa stood up extra tall and proud

He said: son just keep it
When the young boy tried his best to give it back
You're a brave little soldier son and every soldier needs
His very own authentic army hat

For your daddy who gave everything
The least that I can do
Is pass on this old worn out army hat

O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain
America, America, God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea

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