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In 1984, country music artist Lee Greenwood released what has gone on to become one of the most beloved patriotic songs of all time. “God Bless the U.S.A.” was written and recorded by Greenwood and was first released on his album You’ve Got a Good Love Comin’.
The song peaked at the seventh spot on the Billboard country charts following its initial release, and continued to gain popularity depending on the events occurring in the country at the time. Following the September 11th attacks, the song’s popularity increased dramatically, which led to a second entrance on the charts. That time around, the song ended up claiming the 16th position on the Billboard country chart and the Hot 100 pop chart.
“God Bless the U.S.A.” quickly became known as Greenwood’s signature song, and rightfully so. His stunning lyrics speak about patriotism that radiates through every corner of the country, from North to South and the East Coast to the West Coast. But above all else, the song celebrates those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep their country free:
“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 USA.”
The passion Greenwood put into each word of the song vividly shows through every time he sings it. During a recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Greenwood delivered a particularly moving version of the song that shows the emotional power it holds after all these years.
You can tell from watching Greenwood he didn’t just write the words to the song, he believes in them. The tears in his eyes as he sings about his love for his country serve as proof that every word of the song came straight from his heart.
As he sang, the entire Opry crowd felt compelled to rise to their feet, where they remained for the duration of the song. Whenever the camera moved to show the audience, many could be seen singing along, while others turned on their phones’ flashlights to wave in the air.
You can tune into the video below to watch Greenwood’s stunning performance. We guarantee it will give you chills.
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