The Duck Dynasty family's new Christmas album, “Duck the Halls,” is winning attention not just because it is the No. 5 top seller on Amazon's music charts, beating Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, but because it lends a sympathetic shoulder to families of soldiers on long deployments to Afghanistan and other outposts.

Mixed in with the funny songs about Rednecks and beards, the “Robertson Family Christmas” album also includes one titled “Camouflage and Christmas Lights,” sung by Reed Robertson, son of Duck Dynasty stars Jase and Missy Robertson. Referring to a soldier long deployed overseas, Reed Robertson sings, "I don't think Jesus meant for it to be like this."

On blogs Robertson is winning kudos for his singing, and the family is getting thanks for remembering the troops.

It's a tweaked version of the song popularized by comic and country singer Rodney Carrington four years ago. Robertson's version was written by Michael Logen and Andrew Dorff.

It is Amazon's No. 2 in the vocal pop category and ranks fifth in the all-important top 100 category.

Camouflage and Christmas Lights

Another year has come and gone

And he's still there holding on

To his rifle and a picture of his kids

Saying it's a holiday

But it sure don't feel that way

I don't think Jesus meant for it to be like this


A paper star on a plastic tree

Cotton snow in a manger scene

He'll do the best he can to make it feel like home

Turkey dinner on paper plates

Sergeant bows his head to pray

Boombox playin', ‘Silent Night'

Camouflage and Christmas lights

His family's up on the hill by now

Bundled up and sleddin' down

Catching snowflakes on the edge of their tongues

Standin' up at the top would be

The prettiest girl he's ever seen

Whispering a quiet prayer for everyone


Some say he's a hero

But he's just a dad

Who's tryin' to protect the most precious thing he has

Someday he'll be home again

His world will be right

But for tonight


Thank God it's a silent night

Camouflage and Christmas lights

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at