Billy Ray Cyrus Shares Intimate Performance of ‘Some Gave All’ in Tribute to U.S. Military

by Samantha Whidden

On Friday (August 27th), country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus took to his social media accounts to share an intimate performance of his song “Some Gave All” as a tribute to the U.S. Military. 

Dedicated to the brave men and women of our military. Thank you to you and your families for your service and sacrifice. All Gave Some … Some Gave All. #GodBlessOurTroops,” Billy Ray Cyrus writes. 

Billy Ray Cyrus’ performance comes just one day after a Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troopers. According to AP News, General Frank McKenzie, Head of U.S. Central Command, stated there was a large amount of security at the airport. Alternative routes were being used to get the evacuees in. About 5,000 people were waiting for flights on the airfield when the attack happened.

President Biden spoke about the attack by stating, “We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

Billy Ray Cyrus Shares The Backstory Behind ‘Some Gave All’ 

Billy Ray Cyrus released his Some Gave All album in May 1992. The single pays tribute to the U.S. troops. Cyrus and his ex-wife Cindy Smith wrote the single together to pay tribute to Sandy Cane and other military personnel. The chorus reads, All gave some and some gave all/ Some stood through for the red, white, and blue/ And some had to fall/ And if you ever think of me, think of all your liberties/ And recall some gave all.

During an interview with Rolling Stone Country, the singer stated, “If I had only written and recorded that one song, I think that was and is my purpose. Some Gave All has run a very special course through the line of our military.”

Billy Ray Cyrus also told The Boot, “One the years and countless performances and worldwide audiences, I realized that Some Gave All is more than just a song. It’s a way of life.”

Speaking about his experience visiting Afghanistan and Iraq, Billy Ray Cyrus said he wanted the U.S. troopers to know that everyone back home appreciates and honors their support dedicated to the country. He decided to re-record Some Gave All for 2011’s I’m American album. He was inspired to re-record the song by a trip overseas to re-record. The I’m American album features guest vocals from Craig Morgan, Jamey Johnson, and Darryl Worley. 

“Each of those artists, I knew the heart and the soul that they would put into the song,” Billy Ray Cyrus stated. “When they came in to sing the song, [they] didn’t carry a lyric sheet into the vocal booth. They sung the song from their heart. They knew the words.”

An acoustic version of Some Gave All is also included on Billy Ray Cyrus’ 2011 release, Icon.