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God Bless the USA (Lee Greenwood - Cover) by Dominique Dy at 7 Years Old

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Published on May 24, 2010

Go Belss the USA (Lee Greenwood - Cover) by Dominique Dy at 7 Years Old

"God Bless the USA" is an American patriotic country song written by country musician Lee Greenwood. The first Greenwood album it appears on is 1984's You've Got a Good Love Comin'. It reached number 7 on the country charts when originally released in 1984, and was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in attendance, but the song gained greater prominence during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, as a way of boosting morale.

The popularity of the song rose sharply since the September 11, 2001 attacks and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the song was re-released as a single, re-entering the country music charts at #16. The song was also re-recorded in 2003 and released as "God Bless the USA 2003". The song could often be heard on the radio after those events, and versions of the song are widely distributed online. With the three top five appearances in the top 100 Country Music charts during the song's lifetime (1991, 2001, and 2003), it has become the only song to do so, beating the record held by Chubby Checker's dance song, The Twist, which went to number one in 1960, and again in 1961. Lee Greenwood also wrote a Canadian version of this song called God Bless Canada.

Background and writing

Greenwood said that he "wanted to write it my whole life. When I got to that point, we were doing 300 days a year on the road, and we were on our fourth or fifth album on MCA. I called my producer, and I said I have a need to do this. I've always wanted to write a song about America, and I said we just need to be more united.

The reason behind the cities chosen in the song Greenwood says, "I'm from California, and I don't know anybody from Virginia or New York, so when I wrote it -- and my producer and I had talked about it -- [we] talked about the four cities I wanted to mention, the four corners of the United States. It could have been Seattle or Miami but we chose New York and L.A., and he suggested Detroit and Houston because they both were economically part of the basis of our economy -- Motown and the oil industry, so I just poetically wrote that in the bridge." [1]
[edit] Music Video

A music video was released for this song in 1984, depicting Greenwood as a farmer who loses the family farm. The video was produced and edited by L.A. Johnson and directed by Gary Burden. A second video was released in 1991 and was directed by Edd Griles. A third music video was also released after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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