Words to "Like a Rock"

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“Like a Rock” (sorry that the original Vietnam-photo version has been suppressed) is Vietnam-era Bob Seger’s rock tribute dedicated to all veterans of the US armed forces. Starting with WWII, it celebrates the vigor of principled and prime-of-life youth who make up the primary core of America’s military, down to the present.
The song then flashes forward so that later veterans can reflect on the nobility of their own youthful commitment.
Does this voice reach back to WWII as the photos suggest?  Yes, many say.  The discordant rock sounds might not immediately please older veterans, rightly so, but some WWII veterans have argued that the lyrics from this poem actually ring true:

Stood there boldly
Sweatin' in the sun
Felt like a million
Felt like number one
The height of summer
I'd never felt that strong
Like a rock

I was eighteen
Didn't have a care
Working for peanuts
Not a dime to spare
But I was lean and
Solid everywhere
Like a rock

My hands were steady
My eyes were clear and bright
My walk had purpose
My steps were quick and light
And I held firmly
To what I felt was right
Like a rock

Like a rock, I was strong as I could be
Like a rock, nothin' ever got to me
Like a rock, I was something to see
Like a rock

And I stood arrow straight
Unencumbered by the weight
Of all these hustlers and their schemes
I stood proud, I stood tall
High above it all
I still believed in my dreams

Twenty years now
Where'd they go?
twenty years
I don't know
sit and I wonder sometimes
Where they've gone

And sometimes late at night
When I'm bathed in the firelight
The moon comes callin' a ghostly white
And I recall
recall

Like a rock. standin' arrow straight
Like a rock, chargin' from the gate
Like a rock, carryin' the weight
Like a rock