Chaplains in Music

This page will take some time to populate, as the appearance of chaplains in music doesn’t happen often and isn’t as pronounced as the appearance of chaplains in movies and television shows. If you become aware of a song that mentions a chaplain, please leave its name in the comments below.

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“Chaplain” Words and music by Lisa Godino. Performed by Plum Run on the album No Longer Gray or Blue (2008). The chorus says, “Oh chaplain here me calling out to you, whats a young boys heart suppose to do, and chaplain take me by your weary side and pray for me to go to heaven should I die, and pray for me to go to heaven should I die.”

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“Ebony Eyes” Words and music by John D. Loudermilk. Performed by The Everly Brothers (1961). The chaplain is mentioned as both giving permission for a Soldier’s fiance to come to post so that they can get married, and then is present near the airfield when word arrives that the plane she was coming in on has crashed.

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“Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” Words and music by Frank Loesser (1942).The performance by Kay Kyser and his orchestra in 1943 is said to have reached number 1 on the charts. Inspired by the words and actions of Howell Forgy who was on the USS New Orleans when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the song describes a chaplain nicknamed “Sky Pilot” who is asked to say a prayer but instead puts down his Bible and mans one of the ships guns.

 

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“Soldiers of God” Written by Benjamin Machan and Hy Zaret (1944). The official U.S. Army Chaplain Corps march. The first public performance of Soldiers of God was by Bing Crosby on Easter in 1944.

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“Sky Pilot” Written by Barrie Ernest Jenkins, Barry Jenkins, Danny Mcculloch, Eric Victor Burdon, Johnny Weider, Vic Briggs and performed by the Animals in 1968, not just as an anti-Vietnam song but anti-war in general. The lyrics speak of the “sky pilot” (chaplain) who blesses, encourages and prays for the soldiers going into combat and concludes with “A soldier so ill looks at the sky pilot, Remembers the words, Thou shalt not kill.”

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“Christmas Time in Baghdad” Written and performed by John Proctor, an Army Chaplain Assistant who has served in Iraq as well as a number of other overseas locations. Christmas Time in Baghdad is a “true account from Christmas 2003 which was celebrated in Baghdad, Iraq with the 82nd Airborne.” The 2nd verse begins, “The Chaplain preached the Gospel..”

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“We Are With You Chaplain Jim” words and music by Margery Beyer Zeigler. “Dedicated to my Husband, Chaplain James N. Zeigler (Minister of the Community Baptist Church, Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A.) and the Boys of the 355th Fighter Group Somewhere Over There (Copyright Aug, 18, 1943. No.. 344128)”

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