Arlington (song)

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Single by Trace Adkins
from the album Songs About Me
Released June 11, 2005
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:07
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Jeremy Spillman, Dave Turnbull
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"Songs About Me"
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"

"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.[1]


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.[2]

Adkins said that "This is not a war song, and it has nothing to do with politics. This is a true story."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"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.[5]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 16
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[7] 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "Trace Adkins Discovers Songs About Me". CMT News. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Trace Adkins Celebrates Platinum Success". CMT News. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2005-06-25). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  5. ^ Rudder, Randy (2006-10-01). Country Music Reader. Country Music Books. ISBN 9780976974512. 
  6. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trace Adkins.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 20. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.