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For 32 Years, 'God Bless The USA' Has Warmed Our Hearts

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The uplifting patriotic ballad y'all have listened to for over three decades is about to turn 32, and the musical genius who wrote and recorded it is also celebrating his birthday (10/27). 

Y'all know how the song goes...but you probably don't know a few things about it's history. In an article published by The Tennessean, they dive into it's lesser-known history. The track originally was slated just as an album filler and not intended to be released as a single...


Photo Credit: Ricky Rogers/The Tennessean 

On Halloween night in 1983, just four days after his 41st birthday, Lee Greenwood showed up unannounced to Irving Azoff's house (the LA-based head of his record label). The country chart-topper had some free time on his hands so, he had his limo drive him on over to Azoff's estate. 


Photo Credit: Bill Steber/The Tennessean 

Security waved the limo through and Azoff was standing out front with his kids dressed as bumblebees. Popping out of the car, Greenwood handed the record exec a demo cassette of "God Bless The USA", smiled and said "Trick or treat!". 

Looking at Greenwood, slightly puzzled, Azoff said "Who are you?"

"I'm Lee Greenwood. I'm on your Nashville label." 

"Oh, yeah. Come on in!" Azoff answered. And that night would mark the beginning of a song that would touch nearly every American. 

Although Greenwood is best known for this patriotic super-hit, he also was an incredibly popular artist in the '80s. Sending over half a dozen hits to the No. 1 spot on the charts, Greenwood had already made a name for himself in country music before he launched this anthem. 


Photo Credit: Bill Welch/The Tennessean

To date, "God Bless The USA" has been re-released twice since it was originally launched in 1984, has been covered too many times to count, and has been certified platinum twice over.

Check out an amazing impromptu a cappella performance by Lee Greenwood and the Army Chorus in the video below! 

LYRICS BELOW

If tomorrow all the things were gone
I worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife

I thank my lucky stars
To be living here today
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea

From Detroit down to Houston
And New York to L.A.
Where's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say

That I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend Her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A.

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