Artist: Aaron Lewis
Title: “Folded Flag” (Single)
Label: Big Machine Records LLC
Release Date: 6/14/2017
If you are a resident of these United States of America I hope that you already know that today is “Flag Day” and if you don’t, then you surely need a bit of a lesson about the important dates of our fine nation. Speaking musically, there is one person who’s proven to be a staunch supporter of the country and its armed forces is Aaron Lewis who the rockers know full well as the founder and lead singer of Staind. For the last couple of years the singer has been doing a more country styled vibe with his material and in honor of the day has issued his latest single “Folded Flag”. Here are some thoughts about the tune.
The song starts out with Lewis recalling his first meeting with his love and how he would enlist way back then with innocence intact and from here the song takes a turn that I didn’t quite expect. The story then appears to be a note being read by this beloved about his future and it’s here that we learn that the soldier is coming home but for the final time and the folded flag is his own. Lewis sings as one who is watching the proceedings going on and how he didn’t feel worthy of the fuss and how beautiful the wife looks in her now very pregnant state. The soldier will never meet his future child and that makes the tune all the more powerful and impacting. The folding of the flag is the final part of a memorial service for our men and women whose lives are lost during their service to the country. The song was written by Marty Morgan, Luc Nyhus and Yasmine Van Wilt. I admit I was surprised to find that this was NOT a Lewis composition.
It’s sad stuff for sure but a lot of Country songs are when it comes down to it and while I’m not one to usually post this sort of track here, it is from Aaron Lewis who a lot of our readers follow despite his changing musical styles and I not only come from a several deep number of military relatives, I also have some friends that are currently serving or interested in doing so. Happy Flag Day, wave it proudly and check this tune out when you have a chance.
1. Folded Flag
Official Website: http://aaronlewismusic.com/