The Fourth of July is almost upon us and the whole country is celebrating. Whatever way you’re celebrating, whether it’s eating salmon, eating a heck lot of hot dogs, or having a good ol’ beer, a good country song will definitely fill your pride with patriotism and cheer.
Many country artists have a song in their collection about celebrating America, the flag, and soldiers. Toby Keith has built a repertoire of patriotic songs in his long-standing career. One of his most celebrated hits is the 2002 song “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American).”
Toby Keith’s Inspiration
Country music has been known to honor the country, its veterans, and what the Lord God above. Multiple artists have built their career giving the spotlight to these subjects, and one of them is Keith.
Inspired by both his father’s death in early 2001, as well as the 9/11 attack on the United States, Keith presented this anthem to uplift the spirits of every American out there. After the attacks, there’s no doubt that the country was still reeling from the disaster and everyone was just trying their best to process what happened and, hopefully, try to move on.
The lyrics pack several punches with the way it shows the fight of the American people.
Hey Uncle Sam, put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear mother freedom start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you courtesy of the red white and blue
The anthem could not have come at a better time. It echoed the sentiments of many people, said in a way where everyone was having difficulty saying it. “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” was cathartic to many people and it reminded everybody that, as Americans, we are naturally-born resilient.
Listen to the song here!