It's worth remembering that these songs were about the military draft. (Except the ones that were about boyfriends in jail, like "Golden Teardrops," but there weren't so many of those.)
Any song about a boyfriend far away, like a thousand miles away, or daddy's coming home, or waiting until Bobby comes home, or a boyfriend being back, that was all references to the draft.
How poignant is that? Nice little stories. Things are different now.