Brad Paisley and John Fogerty have created an epic new song with one simple message: America needs to do better by its veterans.
Brad Paisley, who is well known for his patriotic music, collaborated with John Fogerty to create a new song meant to improve veteran awareness.
The poignant song is about a boy who left home to be in the military and ended up losing “a leg and a girlfriend” only to come home to a sadly broken VA. The last verse of the song asks if America could do any less for veterans.
Paisley spoke with Fox News about his feelings towards veterans and also talked about his newest album.
Once I came up with the idea for that song, I had it in mind to do that with John Fogerty who was the voice of, musically, the Vietnam Era in some ways. We think back to what we got wrong during Vietnam, which was that if you weren’t for the war somehow you weren’t for the troops either.
And now we’re getting it right, that we understand that whether or not we agree or with any sort of conflict, that we honor these troops but we’re not doing it in the greater scheme of things when it comes to healthcare and the VA and the things that we need to improve.
So to me, I thought there’s some sort of song here that’s a bit of a protest song and it’s protesting the mistreatment of these guys that are heroes that are the reason that we have all of these things that we have in this country.
Fox News asked Brad Paisley what he hoped people would take away from the album after they heard it.
There are several things. When you think about the ways you can make things three dimensional versus two dimensional by doing this. The song “The Devil is Alive and Well” can mean a lot of things. It can be the sort of [rage] on social media, it could be terrorism, it could be looking at the injustices in society. But when you see the video that we did, we focused on a church that was burned down in Nashville that’s under an arson investigation — it’s a Hispanic church. So we went and shot on the steps of this… there’s nothing sadder than a church that’s left in ruin and ashes. So maybe somebody sees this and in Nashville this leads us to rebuild that.
Listen to Brad Paisley’s new song, Love and War.