Nineteen (song)
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"Nineteen" is a song written by
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, and Gary Nicholson. The song was originally recorded by the country music duo Waycross, whose version peaked at number 54 on the ''
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chart in July 2007.
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later recorded the song on his 2009 album '' The Distance'', although his version of the song was not released as a single. It was then recorded by
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singer
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, on his album '' I'm American'', which was released on June 28, 2011. Cyrus' version of the song was released as the album's second single on September 26, 2011. Clayton Bellamy also recorded it on his 2012 album ''Everyone's a Dreamer''.


Content

"Nineteen" tells the story of a high school football standout, who turns down the University of Tennessee to serve in the United States Marine Corps, Marines after watching the September 11 attacks.


Reception


Critical

Taste of Country positively reviewed the song, rating it 4 stars out of five. The reviewer, Billy Dukes, comments on how many times the song has been recorded, but mentions that the song deserves the attention of the mainstream country audience.


Commercial

The song debuted at number 58 on the US ''
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chart for the week ending October 8, 2011. It is Cyrus' first chart entry since "A Good Day" peaked at number 59 on the country chart in September 2009.


Chart performance


Waycross


Billy Ray Cyrus


References

{{authority control Songs about teenagers Songs about the military Music about the September 11 attacks 2007 singles 2007 songs 2011 singles Taylor Hicks songs Billy Ray Cyrus songs Songs written by Jeffrey Steele Song recordings produced by Buddy Cannon Songs written by Tom Hambridge Songs written by Gary Nicholson Walt Disney Records singles