Charlie Daniels: Cowboy Up! We Have What It Takes to Defeat Coronavirus

By Charlie Daniels | March 23, 2020 | 11:23am EDT
Famed musician Charlie Daniels comments on the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Famed musician Charlie Daniels comments on the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)

Since the advent of coronavirus, America has had little time or energy for, or interest in anything else.

We try to keep up with the latest mortality rates, the number of infected, the spread, and all the other moving parts associated with the virus, and I do mean moving parts because the situation changes so rapidly, sometimes on an hourly basis.

Well now, we at least have a plan of action and as painful as it may be, it seems the only meaningful path we have open to us.

I have decided to shelter in place for the next three or four weeks, limiting my exposure to no more than four people. Since I’m 83 and in the most vulnerable age group, it seems a small price to pay for avoiding the virus.


We may as well prepare to have our lives interrupted for a while. 

We had to either cancel or reschedule all our April shows until later in the year, which means that my tour employees will be out of work for around eight weeks, which is definitely a financial burden, but when compared to the alternative of going about our business as usual, potentially catching the virus and spreading it to millions of people, it’s no contest.

We’ve just got to bite the bullet, don our big boy pants, cowboy up, and do whatever we have to do to get through this.

I honestly feel that Donald Trump is doing all that any president could possibly do. He has assembled the best and the brightest to deal with the medical part of the pandemic, gone to Congress for a huge financial aid package to help America's work force weather the storm, tapped every medical resource the government has to make sure there are enough beds, ventilators, and medical equipment and he is very visible, doing press conferences daily.

He has pledged to do whatever it takes.

So now it comes down to what spirit we Americans are going to adopt in getting through this thing.

Me, I believe first of all in God and I believe in America.

Human beings can experiment, science can develop new serums and procedures, but only God can make a seed grow, put breath in a baby’s body, or reveal to mankind the formulas for a medicine that will defeat a pandemic, and I pray to Him every day that He will impart this Divine knowledge to a responsible human being who can bring forth a cure.

I believe America is the greatest nation to ever come forth on this Earth and births a breed of people who are capable of conquering continents and building the strongest and most progressive nation the world has ever known.

I remember the Second World War, the rationing, the casualty lists, and the ever-present fear that the Nazis would bring the war onshore in coastal North Carolina where their submarines sank cargo ships just a few miles off our coast.

But the spirit of the day was such that if they had landed troops, they would have indeed found a rifle, or at least a shotgun behind every blade of grass in the hands of men who would have defended their homes and families until the last breath.

Even in the darkest days of the war, when the battles overseas were going badly and the casualty lists were high, we said our prayers and went to bed at night knowing full well that no swastika or Rising Sun would ever fly above our beloved United States of America.

Well, brothers and sisters who love this nation, we are involved in another war, a war with the potential to kill many more Americans than WWII, at least according to Bernie Sanders.

But in the vernacular of a country boy, “that just ain’t gonna happen” because America is able and willing to stand up to this thing, to make the sacrifices and pull the weight to defeat this coronavirus.

So, come on, ya’ll, say your prayers, stay out of crowds, wash your hands, grab a handful of good attitude, and let’s go to war.

Join the army.

Victory will be ours!

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police, and the peace of Jerusalem. 

God Bless America

--Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.


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