Friday, June 09, 2006

How'd It Taste?



Heard this song on the radio today, and it made me think of Wednesday night's news.

Toby Keith is so cool.

"Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)
(Toby Keith)
©2002 Tokeco Tunes (BMI)

This was written a few days after the September 11th terrorist attacks. My father was a soldier in the Army in the ‘50s and always flew a flag to show his patriotism. I had just lost him in a car wreck six months before the attacks took place, so I wrote my feelings down. I never really intended for this to be a song. It was originally titled “Angry American.”

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 4th 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
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."

8 comments:

Des_Moines_Girl said...

I LOVE that song! And yes - I was very very pleased with the news from Wednesday.

Scottius Maximus said...

Yeah. A lot of people talk about they support our soldiers and don't really do anything. Or they say they do and really don't. This guy walks the walk and talks the talk.

Des_Moines_Girl said...

One of my best friends from high school is currently serving in Iraq. He is working in Baghdad on reconstruction efforts. He volunteered for the assignment.

Scottius Maximus said...

God bless him. If I didn't have a family, I'd like to think I would have volunteered. I know that's just an excuse, I probably would have thought of another had I not had a family.

Des_Moines_Girl said...

I think he considers it a calling - just like some are called to be pastors, it's something he feels he must do. He has a wife and two little kids at home. He says the work is very satisfying, something that will live on long after he leaves this world. He's in Baghdad until August. We are all called for a different "mission" in this life. The hardest part is to listen and hear from God what our mission is.

If you want to drop him a note, his blog (he posts occasionally from Baghdad - he can be a bit earthy at times) is jtiercel.blogspot.com or go to my blog and click on "Reflections within the theme" in my blog roll.

Lutheran Lucy said...

Good post dear! God bless our trips!

des_moines_girl, I really appreciated your post on JT around Memorial Day. He is in my prayers and on our prayer chain at church. I will also keep his wife and children in my prayers!! It is very evident by reading his blog that he is very committed to his country!

Lutheran Lucy said...

Oops, I mean "troops"! :)

Scottius Maximus said...

Lucy, Lucy, Lucy...