Inquiring Minds

Lee Greenwood on "God Bless the USA": "I've Sung It at Least 5,000 Times"

Most people aren't familiar with the album that spawned Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." Released in 1984, You've Got a Good Love Comin' featured cuts written by future Alanis Morrissette hitmaker Glen Ballard and established country songwriters Wayland Holyfield and Mary Ann Kennedy.

The album was your typical hard-lovin' '80s-country mechanism, with songs like "Love Me Like I'm Leavin' Tonight" and "Lean, Mean, Lovin' Machine." The title track came with a pretty fun music video set in London, too. Digging the wardrobe.

Rightfully so, the final track on Comin', "God Bless the USA," has endured the most since Greenwood first put fingers to keys three decades ago. He had set out to write the patriotic anthem that had been rolling around in his head for some time, but was propelled by a plane crash.

By the time he let forth with "USA" in 1984, Greenwood already had a decent recording career going, but his new American anthem would soon trump even "Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands" and "I.O.U."

If he had a nickel for each time he performed it live or a recording was played at a public event, he could probably afford a few yachts or a fleet of Bentleys.

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Craig Hlavaty
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