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Soldier On

by Arcana Kings

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Soldier On was written in partnership with Canadian forces members involved in the Soldier On program. (www.soldieron.ca) When we first began writing for the new record, we wanted to collaborate on a song with a not-for-profit organization that we felt passionate about supporting. The band talked briefly and, with their personal connections to the Canadian Armed Forces, Soldier On was the logical choice.

We reached out and got connected with Joe Kiraly at Soldier On. He really took to the idea, and organized a creative writing program to help create lyrics for the project. Four forces members put pen to paper and out spilled their stories of triumphs and challenges of the every day service life and intense combat duty. What emerged was a glimps into the mind of the modern soldier, the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly.

Arcana Kings took to writing and refining the lyrics and music to reflect the honesty and emotion of the project. In a few months the song and music video for ‘Soldier On’ came to life. The track is heavy and raw, triumphant and valiant. We’re excited to release it to the world as our first single off the upcoming album “Hardwired for Rock n Roll” coming September 2023.

With pride, we officially release our track Soldier On on Victory in Europe Day (WW2) - May 8th.


Soldier On

We put our life on the line for strangers
We'll do it all till our debts are paid
This is the oath to our family and country
We do it all for minimum pay

We say goodbye to our brothers and our sisters
As we march in a far away land 
The only way is to head into the fire
We fight for freedom when we make our stand

They turn when they say goodbye (HEY HEY)
Don't show the tear in their eyes (HEY HEY)
Turn off the voices and head for the light
Without letting go, without letting go


We gotta soldier on
We gotta soldier on

Picking up pieces to make it make sense
Lying awake is our only defence
Ask if we are ever afraid
We stand together our debts are paid

Fighting for freedom and strangers alike
We do it all for the red and the white
Live in the moment is what we control
Sound off! Know your roll

So calm when you take a breath (HEY HEY)
When you’re lying on the ground so close to death (HEY HEY)
There's a bullet in my arm and a voice in my head
We gotta stand up, we gotta get back

We gotta soldier on
We gotta soldier on


released May 8, 2023
Music by Arcana Kings
Words by Arcana Kings, Lyne Castonguay, David Nurse, Aaron Dycke, and Kaitlyn Donovan.

Mixed by Mike Fraser at Armoury Studios, Vancouver BC.
Mastered by Maor Appelbaum Mastering, Los Angeles California.

Music Video - youtu.be/ALBd2Nz-VPE


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Arcana Kings regina, Saskatchewan

Officially re branding as ‘Arcana Kings’ from their previous act as The Johnny McCuaig Band, the band is eager to release their debut album Lions As Ravens in 2019. With a sound that guarantees to make you move ‘Arcana Kings’ are Arena Rock.

AC/DC meets Foo Fighters with a hint of Bagpipes. This band is a "must see live act" to get the whole experience of a rock show.
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