Riding With Private Malone

This is perfectly wonderful post!

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Every morning is a time for reflection. Here is my contribution today: Veterans Day.

Riding with Private Malone is a song written by Wood Newton and Thom Shepherd, and recorded by American country music artist David Ball. It was released in August 2001 as the first single from his album Amigo. The song reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Ball’s first Top 40 country hit since “Look What Followed Me Home” in 1995. USA Today referred to it as “the country song that tapped most subtly and profoundly into the emotions of its audience” after the September 11 attacks, even though it was released to radio a few weeks before the attacks. This song is long (4:24), breaking the 3-20 rule but it was still a solid hit due to its resonating…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on December 28, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 67 Comments.

  1. What an interesting story. I learn so much about WWII from reading this blog.

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  2. Thanks for this…tears still in my eyes🧡

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  3. Yes, this is a perfectly wonderful post. Thank you, GP.

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  4. GP, thank you for sharing the original post….awesome and very powerful…moved me!

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  5. Thank you for the recommendation, GP! Sounds very interesting, will head over for listening to it. Country is als a music genre i enjoy, most times best for calming down. Michael

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  6. I can’t believe I never heard this before. What great music for a Tuesday morning.

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  7. A wonderful post featuring a beautifully sung hair-raising song

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  8. I so love this song. Thank you for posting.

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  9. Thank you for sharing Allen’s moving post, GP.

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  10. Excellent reblog! Thank you for sending us Allen’s way!
    I left a comment on his blogpost.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  11. Encountered the Private Malone song a couple of years back.
    It is now one of my 450 Spotify downloads.

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  12. Thanks, GP, for that wonderful reblog.

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  13. Super reblog, GP. Thank you

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  14. That’s a great story and song, GP. Thanks for the link over Allen’s site!

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    • My pleasure, Lavinia. I just had to have that story and song included here!

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      • It reminds me of a true story I was told by a musician friend, many years ago. He had been driving down a long stretch of remote highway, the fog so thick that he couldn’t see the lane divider or white line on the shoulder. As he was beginning to worry about whether he would make it home or not, he said he felt a hand on his shoulder, and a voice said “It’s OK son.” Just then, he saw taillights in front of him, red beacons in the white wall. He followed the taillights for a long way, and eventually got out of the fog. The lights disappeared, no car in front of him. No one around him, anywhere. He was alone, no cars in sight, no signs of civilization where he was. Who knows who our guardian angels are, why some make it home and some don’t.

        Here is another song, by Kate Wolf. Read the story from the YouTube channel owner. It is haunting.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Lavinia.

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  15. What a wonderful story and song! It reminds me of my son, Matt, actually riding with a Marine, and the car flipped. His friend was driving and the Marine was in the back seat. If not for that Marine who knew what to do, Matt would probably been dead at that car accident.

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  16. Wow. My first car was the wheels of a guy who’d gotten drafted. His mother sold it to me. I didn’t even think of his situation, but enlisted less than two years later and sold it before I went in. The way it was.

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  17. This is going into my favorites playlist. Thank you GP

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  18. Brought a lump to my throat as well!

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  19. Great song and story I hadn’t heard before. Thanks, GP.

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  20. I read this on Allen’s blog a while back. It is worth reblogging. The sensitivity of the author and the songwriter/singer bring a pathos that many of us never think about. Bet this one really resonated with you.

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  21. That’s an oustanding reblog, GP. What a story, and the song lyrics brought a lump to my throat.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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