|Single by Trace Adkins|
|from the album Songs About Me|
|Released||June 11, 2005|
|Writer(s)||Jeremy Spillman, Dave Turnbull|
|Trace Adkins singles chronology|
"Arlington" is a song written by Jeremy Spillman and Dave Turnbull and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in June 2005 as the second single from his album Songs About Me. The song reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
It is sung from the viewpoint of a soldier, killed in battle and buried at Arlington National Cemetery. It was inspired by United States Marine Corps Corporal Patrick Nixon, who died in battle in 2003. After meeting Nixon's father, Turnbull was inspired to write the song.
Adkins said that "This is not a war song, and it has nothing to do with politics. This is a true story."
Deborah Evans Price of Billboard gave the song a positive review, calling it a "hauntingly beautiful song about sacrifice, honor, and the cost of freedom, and it leaves a lasting impression no matter which way your political views lean."
"Arlington" reached a peak of number 16 on the Hot Country Songs chart in mid-2005. The song fell from this peak after Adkins withdrew it, due to complaints from families of soldiers.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||16|
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||2|
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