Toby Keith is not one to be shy about what he believes. And when it comes to his love for America, Keith is a patriot. That’s why he decided to write a song in honor of the birthday of the United States of America and release it in time for the July 4th holiday. Now, his message about patriotism and the love for all things red, white, and blue has struck a chord with some Americans and has become a talking point.

Although America has become politically divided between Republicans and Democrats, Keith’s song coasts over the divide by making it clear that the country needs some healing to do. The song is a reminder to love all the great things about America. But also to look at it for what it is and be honest about what the country stands for.

“Happy Birthday America” by Country music legend Toby Keith

Happy birthday America

It’s the 4th of July

I get to wake up in your freedom

But sometimes I wonder why

 

Seems like everybody’s pissin’

On the red, white, and blue

Happy birthday America

Whatever’s left of you

 

You were the darlin’ when you saved the world

WW I and II

France would just be part of Germany now

If it hadn’t been for you

 

Now your children want to turn you in

To something other than yourself

They burn your flag in their city streets

More than anybody else

 

Happy birthday America

It’s the 4th of July

I’ll get to wake up in your freedom

But sometimes I wonder why

 

Seems like everybody’s pissin’

On the red, white, and blue

Happy birthday America

Whatever’s left of you

 

Who they gonna count on

When you’re not there to take their call

Will the world keep right on spinnin’

Without the greatest of them all

 

Without the helping hand of God

Your days are numbered, my old friend

We’re sure gonna miss you, girl

You were the best that’s ever been

 

Happy birthday America

 

All the broken-down cities

By the left’s design

And the right can’t seem to get it right

Most of the time

 

Every time I go to town and vote

I just come home with the blues

The lesser of two evils

All we ever get to choose

 

Happy birthday America

It’s the 4th of July

I’ll get to wake up in your freedom

But sometimes I wonder why

 

Seems like everybody’s pissin’

On the red, white, and blue

Happy birthday America

Whatever’s left of you

 

Happy birthday America

Toby Keith wrote the song while watching the Fourth of July fireworks from a boat in 2020. The song was inspired from a moment with his friend, who said: “Happy Fourth of July, big dog,” to which Keith responded, “Happy birthday, America… whatever’s left of you.”

According to CMT, Keith recalled, “It had been a screwed up 18 months. I was seeing both sides having concern over the end of democracy. We’ve fought and divided almost to the point it’s only about power and winning. Charlie Daniels had a song saying, ‘God save us all from religion.’ And I’m thinking,’ God save us all from politicians.’”

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