Patriotic Song: Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue was written by Toby Keith and became a hit following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Keith wrote the song in late 2001, inspired by the patriotism that errupted after September 11 and his own father’s patriotism. His father had died in March from a car accident.
The song took him twenty minutes to write.
For a while he refused to record the song, only singing it in live performances for the military. He was encouraged to record the song and released it on his 2002 Unleashed album. The song went to #1 on the Country charts the week of July 4th that year.
Keith said in a 2003 intterview, It wasn’t written for everybody. And when you write something from your heart – I had a dad that was a veteran, taught me how precious our freedom is – I was so angry when we were attacked here on American soil that it leaked out of me. You know, some people wept when they heard it. Some people got goose bumps. Some people were emotionally moved. Some cheered, turned their fists in the air.”
The music video premiered in the summer of 2002.
To all of our Veterans, thank you for your service.