Jim Armstrong | Cardboard Retreat

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Cardboard Retreat

by Jim Armstrong

Cardboard Retreat is a powerfully poignant anthem about the plight of our homeless Veterans. Donate $1.00 to charity and receive this song as our thank you!
Genre: Country: Americana
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Cardboard Retreat is a powerfully poignant anthem about the plight of our homeless Veterans. An alarming number of service people return to their homeland with no real place to call home. Collaborating with America’s non-profit, Voices United For Veterans and their sister organization, Mats 4 Pats Canada, Jim and other likeminded artists perform their music to support and help heroes reclaim their dignity. All profits from this song go to this cause.


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Nicholas Kurzum

As Good as Mellencamp
This song is fantastic! I saw a review by Wildy Haskell that said it perfectly, “Cardboard Retreat” is full of bleak melancholy that steps hand-in-hand with a sweet melody. It’s a definite downer, but a well-written story song. (3/5)"


Jim Armstrong - Canada's Springsteen
I love story songs and Jim Armstrong's "Cardboard Retreat" hits all the marks of a storytellers goal to entertain, cause questioning and provide a way for every listener to interact. Thanks, Jim for all you do!

Shannon Rose

I LOVED this song! I found a review by blogger Heath Andrews that was spot on!

"The haunting atmosphere and marching drums that begin Jim Armstrong’s “Cardboard Retreat” foreshadow what becomes one of the best written pieces about homelessness and veteran’s affairs ever. “Still coughing blood up from my lungs…” is the opening line, and the imagery that follows is just as emotionally striking in its desolation and sorrow. Armstrong’s voice sounds wearied and meek and that makes the song all the more effective. This is without exaggeration, on par with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” and Phil Collins’ “Another Day In Paradise” in terms of songwriting skill and how well it depicts the problems of homelessness and disenfranchised veterans."


Scintillating acoustic guitar-work and heart-warming vocals signify an intimate portrait of heroic music celebrating homeless veterans. The light percussion and folk vocals are touching to say the least.