Artistic Response to War

I grew up listening to all the country songs about war, but one of my favorites was always “If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw. This song was written as a letter from a soldier and was only intended to be read if the soldier was killed. In the song, the soldier writes to his wife and tells her how he wishes he could see her one more time. He tells her it’s okay to move on and he says his final goodbyes. “I’m laying down my gun, I’m hanging up boots, I’m up here with God and we’re both watching over you.” This song was meant to honor those who have fallen while fighting for our country. Listening closely to the words makes you think about what our soldiers go through and what their families go through in circumstances like this one. The song is on a personal level and it makes you feel like you are actually reading the letter yourself. I believe this song was written to help people realize how much soldiers sacrifice for our country.