Song Lyric Sunday — Soldier Boy

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme, Jim Adams has leveraged the suggestion from Di, over at Pensitivity101, to go with Army, Soldier, or War. I had no doubt when I saw the words for this week, my song choice would be “Soldier Boy” from the Shirelles.

“Soldier Boy,” written by Luther Dixon and Florence Greenberg, was made famous by the girl group, the Shirelles, in 1962. The Shirelles were one of the biggest ’60s girl groups, and when the song was released as a single, it met with great success, rising to number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Record executive Florence Greenberg, founder of Scepter Records and the Shirelles manager, wrote the song, which was originally titled “I’ll Be True To You.” In this song, the Shirelles sing from the perspective of a girl who is left behind when her boyfriend goes off to war. The main frame of the song’s lyrics make no mention of a soldier. It was only in the studio that the Shirelles gave the song a much better title to reflect its narrative, the profession of someone’s love for her soldier boy in which she promises to remain true to him while he’s away.

Here are the lyrics to “Soldier Boy.”

Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you

You were my first love
And you'll be my last love
I will never make you blue
I'll be true to you
In this whole world
You can love but one girl
Let me be that one girl
For I'll be true to you

Wherever you go
My heart will follow
I love you so
I'll be true to you
Take my love with you
To any port or foreign shore
Darling, you must feel for sure
I'll be true to you

Soldier boy
Oh, my little soldier boy
I'll be true to you

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Soldier Boy

  1. newepicauthor April 10, 2022 / 6:50 am

    When you say that I leveraged the suggestion, that makes me sound like a financial genius, which I am not. Nice choice Fandango. This is just what every soldier needs, a girl that remains true to her man.

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