Little Richard - He's Not Just A Soldier

Little Richard

He's Not Just A Soldier

Mercury Records

Release Date: March 19th, 1962

Words by: Whaley Big Jesus
March 19th, 1962

Marching band croon. Lil' Richard gives us a strange, sentimental ballad with 'he's not just a soldier'. Protestation or patriotism I can't really tell.

"He's not just a soldier, he's somebody's son," would seem to suggest an air of protest against the establishments' negligent approach to the 'individual' within the armed forces etc. However the jovial, marching band accompaniment sounds as if it would fit in perfectly with Bill Murray's army piss take, Stripes.

Mixed signals, but nevertheless, Little Richard sure can sing – as evident in the back half of this track. I just personally prefer it when he applies his incredible vocal to the dancehall rather than the big issues.

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