Zac Brown Band is back with new music for a good cause.
The country band dropped their new single “Warrior” on Friday, honouring the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The chosen few get shipped away for one more mile and one more day,” Brown sing-speaks in the track’s bridge. “To harvest souls and bear the weight, and reap the tax that must be paid.”
“Before we wrote the song Warrior I interviewed my friend Alexander R. Oliver has over 21 years of dedication to our country in special Ops,” frontman Zac Brown said in a statement. “He spends his time now helping other veterans with things that only they can relate to. He is a true warrior and a wordsmith. So I took some of his story and words and tried to channel a glimpse of what it means to be a modern day warrior. Here is a piece that he wrote for a speech that we crafted ‘Warrior’ from.
‘There is no retirement for the warrior. Especially for his mind. Once he is forged and anointed on the battlefield he will always be a warrior. He will long for the feeling of standing with his brothers before the enemy. He will miss the quiet pride of leading his men into victory. And he will never forget the ones who selflessly gave their lives for the betterment of the Tribe. The warrior can always make one more mountain, one more mile and he can always take more weight. He can do all this because he fights for a cause bigger than himself. The warrior will never feel sorry for himself and never ask for help except maybe from his brothers. We eat the pain for a lot of years to keep doing the things we do for our country. The pain takes a backseat for the cause. The cause suppresses the pain and makes it bearable no matter how many injuries are absorbed. But when our contribution to the cause comes to an end the pain loses its suppressor and for some that pain is unbearable. But we all feel it to some degree.’
“Warrior” is off the band’s forthcoming album Owl.
Owl drops Sept. 19.