Deployment Songs

If you’re like me, you have songs you listen to during each deployment. There’s the “drive into a pine tree” songs (and please don’t actually do that!) and then there are the ones that cheer you up when you’re having a down day.

When I dropped my husband off for one deployment, I put a CD in that a friend had made for me. My CD player was set to random so it just picked a song on the CD to play. What was the song? You Had A Bad Day.

Well, it was just what I needed and I found myself laughing through my tears. I mean how funny for that to be the song that came on as I drove home from dropping him off. I let her know that oddly enough the song really cheered me up.

On yet another deployment, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. I had to move out of our apartment while he was gone since they decided to convert to condos the day AFTER he left and there were loads of other issues. My song for that deployment? “If You’re Going Through Hell” by Rodney Atkins. I loved that song (and still do). When it was overwhelming, I would blast it as loud as I could and sing it at the top of my lungs. I always felt better. My neighbors probably didn’t appreciate my off-key voice or my loud song over and over again but they never uttered a peep about it.

But perhaps my favorite is the song that was playing when I picked my husband up from his first deployment. His plane arrived early and I received the call when he was already on the ground. I was only half ready but at that point, who cares, right?! I was about to see my soldier. I had another soldier’s girlfriend with me who was also returning and we hauled butt to post to pick them up. When we got in the car, the song “Yeah” by Usher came on. We sang all the way to post with huge smiles plastered on our faces. To this day, when I hear that song, I smile. It reminds me of the excitement and anxiousness I felt in seeing my husband again for the first time in months.

How about you? Do you have deployment songs? Please share!

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