American girls and American guys
We'll always stand up and salute
We'll always recognize
When we see Old Glory flying
There's a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night when we lay down our head

My daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye but he flew a flag out in our yard
Until the day that he died
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
To grow up and live happy
In the land of the free

Now this nation that I love has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin' in from somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the fourth of July

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

Justice will be served and the battle will rage
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage
And you'll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass
It's the American way

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 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

Oh oh of the red, white and blue
Oh oh of my red, white and blue


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    General CommentWhile I don't care particularly for Toby Keith, one has to admit that this song isn't as bad as it could be. It basically puts forth the message "if we're attacked, we'll attack back". Unlike the Bush administration, Keith makes no claims that we were attacked by someone we weren't (i.e., conflating al-Qaeda/Osama bin Laden with Iraq/Saddam Hussein, who in reality can't stand each other) and doesn't even advocate going after Muslims in particular. In fact, Keith has gone on a record as being a Democrat who has never supported the war in Iraq. He just also happens to be very patriotic as well.

    The overly-macho "put a boot in your ass" bit makes me roll my eyes a bit but then a lot of country isn't exactly known for its subtlety (notice I say "a lot" and not "all"). I agree with those who want the United States to act like a grown-up nation and to pursue diplomacy with states we have a problem with (before anyone complains that you can't negotiate with terrorists, al-Qaeda is not a country or state...but Iraq and Iran are.)

    It's interesting how this song has become a sort of Rorschach for people's political beliefs...generally speaking, Bush-supporters see it as defending the pre-emptive doctrine of "they might bomb us, so let's bomb them first" (it doesn't) and Bush-detractors see it as everything that's wrong with the conservative right (which isn't helped by the people on the right getting it wrong).

    In the end, it's simply a very patriotic song--not everyone's cup of tea, certainly not mine--but nowhere near as significant to the national debate as well-meaning-but-confused people on both sides have made it out to be.
    Rachel Summerson December 13, 2007   Link

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