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Toby Keith: Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue Meaning

Song Released: 2002

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue Lyrics

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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 16th 2007 report

    To the above poster, you're ignorant. Not only is this a great patriotic song, it's a song that 99 percent of americans could relate to after 911. I don't know anyone who was just "coping" and didn't want revenge. It has nothing to do with a political stance, or supporting president Bush. It has everything to do with love for your country, and those who fight for it. People can chastize Toby Keith all they want for writting patriotic songs, but the fact is, he writes them for the troops and they appreciate it. He's one of their biggest supporters, and is second to none in USO tours. The soldiers love and appreciate him and that effectivly takes a large dump on your narrow minded, steryotypical liberal opinion.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 4th 2008 report

    Hey idiots who talk shit on Toby Keith for this song....guess what, his inspiration for this song was his father. He wrote this in memory of his dad AND in response to the 9/11 attacks. He is saying that regardless of how you feel about the war, bottom line is 1) Our soldiers are out there fighting for freedom, both for us and for othr nations, and 2) if you screw with the US, we'll step up...kinda like we did to japan in ww2...ww2 was all but won when we entered, and the ONLY reason we did was japan attacked. Toby Keith isn't saying he will be a soldier, but he is thanking them for what they are doing, and warning other countries not to mess with us.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 13th 2008 report

    Toby Keith, like most Americans, understands that he doesn't have to support the war to support our troops that are dying every day so each one of us can have our own opinion and post them publicly here. Yes he may seen like an ignorant redneck but most Americans wanted revenge. He wrote a song about that.

  4. HeatherHenricks
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    Aug 20th 2017 report

    The song is about the military and freedom for the people that weren´t in the military like young kids and all of them.

  5. anonymous
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    May 17th 2017 report

    This song is about how loyal American's are to their country and how we take pride in our country. Toby Keith is a straight patriot and thinks you should be thankful you live in America with our freedom. He also thinks that even through tough times, America will still pull through!

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2015 report

    To all of you other dumbasses, if you listen to anything about Toby Keith, he fully supports our troops by going to the bases in the Middle East to perform his concerts for them to say "thank you". He doesn't do it for the money, he does it because he believes. He says a lot about how a lot of us feel, just that WE have to bend over backwards to be sure NOT to offend anyone - what ever happened to my rights and my feelings? Toby did apologize for getting all caught up in the "Dixie Chicks" debacle - oh and where are the "Chicks" now? Toby is still out there performing, writing and entertaining the troops. So what I'm saying is research before you post, dumbass!

  7. neverforget_9.11.01
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    May 3rd 2010 report

    I am not as old as you all think I am my father is a firefighter and this song is an appreciation to me and my family because when I got home from school that day that this happened I was not sure if my father was going to come home because I knew that most likely his Spirits kept him alive.

  8. discoduckduet
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    Mar 13th 2009 report

    It's about if you fuck with us will kick your fuken ass

  9. Critter
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    Oct 13th 2008 report

    Toby Keith supported war on Afghanistan, where the terrorists actually are.
    Whiskey Angel is right, and probably hot. She sounds hot.
    Anyway, Toby Keith was talking about 1. His dad, a soldier who sacrificed a LOT for his country, and 2. The American Spirit of protecting our own like a bear with her cubs.
    Anybody that can't get down with those two things should go bury their head in the ground and wait for all the problems in the world to solve themselves.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 28th 2008 report

    I think that Toby Keith did a good job with this song. My dad is in the U.S army. and anonymous you can die. This song represents what my dad and all the soldiers do in the military and they do a good job.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2007 report

    He didn't support the war in Iraq, but this song would've been written before the invasion of Iraq. Keep in mind that the initial military reaction was the invasion of Afghanistan. You could've support the invasion of Afghanistan, but been against action in Iraq. Secondly, You cannot determine someone's political background by whether or not they think Toby Keith meant what he said in this song. I'd be called a liberal, and I think he was sincere. You can, however, determine someone's political background if they use "liberal" or "conservative" as insults.

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2007 report

    Famed country singer Toby Keith,who engaged in a public feud with the Dixie Chicks and once sang a two-fisted song about putting “a boot in [the] ass” of the terrorists, tells Newsday that he doesn’t support the Iraq war. “‘Never did,’ he says — and he favors setting a time limit on the occupation. He says he suspects civil war in Iraq is inevitable and predicts the Kurds will be the victors: ‘I promise you, they’ll end up with it all.’” January 26, 2007 4:33 pm | Comment (136)

  13. bubbabigdick
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    Oct 18th 2006 report

    To first anonymous: you hit the nail on the head. To second anonymous: you're a stupid motherfucker and you don't know what you're about. How you liking dubya now? Good on ya.

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  14. Evanescencefreak
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    Jul 17th 2006 report

    When he means "we'll" he means the soldiers who are fighting. Never did he say he would enlist in the army. This song is to the soldiers who are gonna do just that. And if he's so superficial, then why did you even bother posting? Anyway I think toby keith is a good country man. Any way, yeah it's easy to interpret. This song gave the u.S. Soldiers a boost of confodince to feel stronger about what they're fighting for.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2006 report

    I think that this song is about all the soilders and how they fought for our country and that we should salute all of them, becuase they have fought for our country and given there lives to this country so that everyone else could be free.

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2006 report

    To above, you're a stupid motherfucker and don't know what country music is about!

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2005 report

    Country songs are so easy to interpret. They are so superficial it hurts. In this song, written after the tragic events of Sept. 11. An entire nation struggles to deal with and understand what happened. Except for the simple country folk. They want revenge - now. Toby Keith, perhaps the most superficial of all modern country singers, reached out to these simple minds in a way they can understand, "we'll put a boot in their ass, it's the American way." So Toby was full of patriotism that he enlisted to fight "light 'em up like the Fourth of July" - oh wait, he didn't - he wrote a song about and made millions.

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