It's been a while since I've heard such a gorgeous, compelling, and pathos-filled soldier anthem. The lyrics to Wilco's "I'll Fight" speak to the soldier-civilian dynamic on many levels. The most touching of these is the soldier's willingness to go to war, to fight, to kill, and even die in order for others to live in freedom; whereas the civilian maintains a casual, detached dependence on the soldier.
A few samples, in no particular order:
Into war's waters I will wadeAnd I will know without remorse
Or regret the fairness of our trade
You'll wake with a start from a dream
And know that I am gone
You'll feel it in your heart but not for very long
You will steer your life and die old in bed at home
Surrounded by your peers
Without suffering or fear
And the tune is beautiful. I can't stop listening to this one. Do yourself a favor, and check out the song from the band Wilco. Someone oughtta do a nice vid-montage on this; but for now, just click the play button.