The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home

Album: Late Nights and Longnecks (2018)
Charted: 46

Songfacts®:

  • This ode to the young soldiers whose lives are cut short by war was born out of a tribute Justin Moore does every concert. For a number of years he'd asked his fans to raise a glass to those who died fighting for American freedom overseas. One day it hit him that he should write it into a song, so he got together with Paul Digiovanni, Jeremy Stover and Chase McGill to pen a tale of a 22-year-old soldier who lost his life just as he was scheduled to return home.
  • Moore said in promotional materials that the song is "dedicated to ALL the ones that didn't make it back home. Soldiers, first responders, doctors, nurses, teachers, students... every person who made the ultimate sacrifice, while fighting for what and whom they love."
  • The song's music video was shot on Veterans Day 2018 and stars real-life firefighters fighting blazes, and policemen in the line of duty. The clip was directed by Moore's own social media manager, Cody Villalobos, who is a former EMT.
  • The song was inspired by Moore's hit tune "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away." The country star explained to ABC Radio that whenever he performs it on stage he "kinda go through this spiel about how much our military means to us and how much we appreciate 'em."

    And after saying, "Here's to the ones that didn't make it back home," for several years, one night it hit him. "Man, I need to write that.'"

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