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Ten Fun Facts About "God Bless The USA"

As America (fuck yeah!) prepares to celebrate its 234th birthday over the long July 4 weekend, our proud yet troubled nation is about to be inundated once again by Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." About as innocuous as a song can be on the surface, it's become one of the most polarizing tunes of the past 30 years - for every person who thinks it's a stirring expression of patriotism and America's core values, someone else thinks it's trite, shallow and more than a little jingoistic.

To be fair, those people may not have heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Red White & Blue (Love It or Leave)" or the Charlie Daniels' Band's "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag." And personally, Rocks Off has always thought "God Bless the USA" is pretty bland. But how much do you - does anyone - really know about what more than one person has (seriously) called our "unofficial national anthem"? Rocks Off figured it was our patriotic duty to find out.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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