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George Jones Soldier's Last Letter Lyrics

Last updated: 01/20/2008 10:00:00 AM

Written by Redd Stewart and Ernest Tubb
(As performed by George Jones)

When the postman delivered the letter
Well, it filled her old heart full of joy
But she din't know 'til she read the inside
It was the last one from her darling boy

"Dear Mom," was the way that it started
"I miss you so much," it went on
"And, Mom, I didn't know that I loved you so
But I'll prove it when this war is won"

"I'm writing this down in a trench, Mom
So don't scold if it isn't so neat
For you know as you did, when I was a kid
And would come home with mud on my feet"

"Well, the captain just gave us our orders
And mom we will carry them through
I'll finish this letter the first chance I get
But for now I'll just say I love you"

Then the mother's old hands began to tremble
As she fought against tears in her eyes
For they came unashamed, there was no name
And she knew that her darlin' had died

That night as she knelt down by her bedside
She prayed, "Lord above, hear my plea
Protect all the sons who are fighting tonight
And dear God keep America free"

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holding strong. | Reviewer: T.C. | 1/20/2008

I am 20 years old...and have lost many a brother in OperationIraqi freedom...when I found out I was horrified...I found this song just tonight and it made me realize...I am proud to have known him at all...
dedicated PFC Nathan Windsor USMC HOORAH! SEMPER FI til we die

Jim Toomey, Pittsburgh, PA | Reviewer: Kate | 12/1/2007

My dad played music throughout the Pittsburgh area in the 30's through the 60's. This was a song that never failed to bring a tear. Little did we know that our own soldier, LCpl Joseph P. Toomey, USMC would die in Vietnam in 1968. I don't think dad ever sang the song again. Dad died in March, 2002.

Long Remembered Song | Reviewer: Kay jackson | 12/31/2006

I remembered this song from when I was a little girl and heard it on the radio. It was probably performed by Ernest Tubb at the time but as George Jones is one of my favorite singers (if not the favorite), I'm sure he does a wonderful job performing it.

No one seemed to remember the lyrics when I asked. My sisters, etc. and i could only remember the first five verses. Thanks a lot. I sing this to my grandchildren when I am rocking them. Someone needs to keep these oldies but goodies going.