Once again, Beccy Cole has sent her haunting lyrics straight to the heart of the listener with her amazing song ‘Broken Soldiers.’ As poignant, brave and stirring as her number one hit of almost ten years ago, ‘Poster Girl,’ the lyrics of ‘Broken Soldiers’ seem to convey perfectly the feelings of many who suffer the affects of PTSD and their families.
Could it be that Beccy has a true understanding of what some Australian Servicemen and women go through when they come home after serving? I would go one further and say this is a song for ALL sufferers, not just those who have served in the military but for anyone who has experienced PTSD, directly or indirectly.
After more than 14,000 views on YouTube in it’s short time since release, ‘Broken Soldiers’ has proven to be an instant hit with fans, and even those who weren’t fans. This week, it holds the number one spot on the Country Music Channel and I was surprised that it peaked at just #7 on the ‘Country Tracks’ chart, leading me to wonder how one of the most important Australian songs of 2015 can fail the top position, is it that this song is just too true, too raw for radio?
Two days ago, the ‘Broken Soldiers’ video was shared by ‘Soldier On’ in social media and has had an unprecedented reaction. Here are some of the comments:
That’s just amazing…Thank you so much for this song Beccy Cole…
As a veteran she addresses the questions we ask ourselves every single bloody day…
My 3 year old son often asks me why I’m so sad, how do you explain what I’ve seen, and see over and over every single day, to a toddler? I can’t explain it to myself let alone others…
To all my veteran brothers and sisters I thank you for your service and sacrifice for our great nation.
– Michael Floyd
Thank you Soldier On for sharing this, thank you Beccy Cole, for a very moving, hearfelt song, this song will shine a light on PTSD, to all who suffer this please know you are not forgotten, you are not alone people are out there willing to help, so please don’t suffer alone. Take that one hard step reach out someone will grab your hand.
Brought back my memories of early times after Vietnam, bit scary how well she highlights the emotions
As a mum listening to this song was like listening to what was in my head. Beautiful Beccy Cole
And so many more comments just like them. It’s little wonder why ABC 891 host Sonya Feldhoff was reduced to tears on air when Beccy sang it live on a recent visit to the studios and ABC Melbourne 774 had their phone and text lines clogged when Beccy sang it live on The Conversation Hour. This song really does reach out and touch, some songwriters can only dream of making that impact once in a lifetime.