Dear Old America

Songfacts®:

  • Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart wrote this song for their highly decorated Marine corps officer father John Bushrod Wilson Jr. "The lyrics to 'Dear Old America' are written through the eyes of a soldier, when they think about what it's like to be shipped out, what it's like to be there and then what it's like to re-enter and come back and not be able to really explain to anybody over here in America what you just saw," Ann Wilson explained to Spinner: "'Dear Old America' is especially written for those men and women who have served," she continued, "those men and women who have put themselves out there on the edge, and who are trying to come home and return to the world as it is here."

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