Twenty-One Guns
By Lisa Dudley & Harry Moore

We wrote this song after our friend Ray Shell died. We took him to Kentucky and buried him with a military funeral. It was one of the most moving events of my life -- to see them fold the

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flag that way and present it to the family.

We consider this song a musical tribute to all the soldiers who die in battle -- to all their family, friends, and comrades in arms. The soldiers and veterans love this song. Big men in bars cry when they hear it.

Lisa

In the bright Kentucky sunshine
On the side of a coal-miner’s hill
Stood an honor guard
Arms raised in salute
To a brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his young life down
Twenty one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

He fought for victory and valor
To defend the right to be free
And he was always faithful
To honor and liberty
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his young life down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

As the sun set on that hillside
They played, "Day is done"
And they wrapped him
In the pride of the red, white, and blue
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his young life down
Twenty one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

He fought for victory and valor
To defend the right to be free
And he was always faithful
To honor and liberty
A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his young life down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

A brave soldier bound for glory
Lord he laid his young life down
Twenty-one guns and a bugle
Sang him home

Twenty-One Guns © 2007 Lisa Dudley
and Harry Moore

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