Tim McGraw Honors Our Fallen Heroes

On May 15, 2007, Tim McGraw eschewed tradition at the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards in Las Vegas. Instead of performing his current hit song, as artists always do on such shows, he sang a song that had never been heard before, and in doing so, created a lasting and profoundly moving moment that won’t soon be forgotten.

According to an article provided by World Entertainment News Network:

Tim McGraw stunned guests at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas with an emotional tribute to the families of dead soldiers. The country star donned all black to perform I’m Already Home towards the end of the event, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the darkened stage was lit up at the close of his song to reveal a group of grieving U.S. soldiers’ families.

Under the banner Families of Fallen Heroes, the group stood proudly, some clutching photos of their loved ones who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. The awards show guests rose to their feet to give McGraw and his special guests a lengthy standing ovation, and many were seen crying and wiping tears away. McGraw’s wife Faith Hill, who was among the audience, sobbed as she raised her fist in the air.

Singer Carrie Underwood, who claimed the Top Female Vocalist prize immediately after McGraw’s performance, began her acceptance speech with a salute to her fellow country star. She said, “Alright, everybody’s thinking it, I just gotta say, ‘Tim McGraw, I know you’re backstage. That was absolutely amazing. There was not a dry eye in the house.’ Good job.” Earlier in the evening McGraw was himself the center of a sweet tribute when teenage singer Taylor Swift performed her hit Tim McGraw at the event.

She left the stage and walked into the audience to serenade the subject of the tune and his wife. Before last night, Swift had never met McGraw. At the end of her song, she reached out a nervous hand and said, “Hi, I’m Taylor.”


If you’re reading this
And my mama’s sitting there,
Looks like I only got a one-way ticket over here.
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
And war was just a game we played when we were kids.
Well, I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots,
I’m up here with God
And we’re both watching over you.

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town.
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go.
And if you’re reading this
I’m already home.

If you’re reading this
Half way around the world,
I won’t be there to see the birth of our little girl.
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stands up for the innocent and the weak.
I’m laying down my gun,
I’m hanging up my boots,
Tell dad I don’t regret that I followed in his shoes.

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town.
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go.
And if you’re reading this
I’m already home.

If you’re reading this
There’s gonna come a day
When you move on and find someone else
And that’s okay.
Just remember this
I’m in a better place
Where soldiers live in peace
And angels sing Amazing Grace.

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town.
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed that it would go.
And if you’re reading this
If you’re reading this
I’m already home.

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2 Responses to “Tim McGraw Honors Our Fallen Heroes”

  1. Kim Wencl Says:

    That’s a very touching song that I had not heard before. When I read the title, “I’m Already Home,” I immediately thought of my daughter Liz. She died on 9-20-03 from a fire in her duplex near the U of M. One week later the duplex was open for the families and surviving roommates to go in and salvage any possessions. My husband Roger made two trips to the house that day. The second time he was by himself and he told me later as he drove home he was thinking about how much life had changed in just a week. Then he thought to himself, “I’m bringing her stuff home, but I just wish I was bringing her home instead.” Just after having that thought, he heard Liz’s voice, and she said, “I’m already home, Dad.”

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Wow, what a moving and powerful moment, Kim. Thank you for sharing that.

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