Courage of the Red, White and Blue

Courage of the Red, White and Blue by Toby Keith


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


After the terrorist attack against the United States of America on September 11, 2001, Singer Toby Keith released the song Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue, to stimulate American patriotism. In the segment displayed above, Keith classifies the attack as “A mighty sucker punch” and that it “…came flyin’ in from somewhere in the back.” Although a sucker punch is painful, it is not detrimental. This is an important concept since the destruction of the twin towers, the pentagon, and the attempt on the White House struck the hearts of American citizens and resulted in many fatalities, but it did not end or destroy the spirits of America. The Nation was able to unify under president George W. Bush and address the issue in a proper fashion. Additionally it is noted that the attack was a complete surprise and caught the nation off guard. This unknown aggressor really posed a threat to the United States, and with the identity being unrevealed, the severity of the problem only increased. This unclarity did not last long however, as the next lines say, “Soon as we could see clearly…” This is another way the artist suggests that the U.S. was capable of handling the situation.

The second chunk of the of quoted lyrics utilizes American symbolism in order to rally the body or the people of the country. With the support of the people, the U.S. government was able to address the terrorist attack with fewer obstacles. Some of the main symbols used to instill patriotism are the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, an eagle, Mother Freedom, and the colors of the United States flag. These key words or phrases used represent the foundation of America and reference the sacrifice that our ancestors made in order to allow the U.S to be where it is today. It is clear that the idea of freedom is inscribed on the heart of Americans and that their will is what makes the country so powerful.


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