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My favorite is Lee Greenwood's Proud To Be An American. That song really moves me and literally makes me proud to be an American.

Another song, though not a patriotic song per se is Harry Chapin's "What Made America Famous". For those of you who may never have heard the song, it is about how a community comes together during a possible tragedy. That song has also made me feel good about being an American.

What Made America Famous

by Harry Chapin

It was the town that made America famous.

The churches full and the kids all gone to hell.

Six traffic lights and seven cops and all the streets kept clean.

The supermarket and the drug store and the bars all doing well.

They were the folks that made America famous.

The local fire department stocked with shorthaired volunteers.

And on Saturday night while America boozes

The fire department showed dirty movies,

The lawyer and the grocer seeing their dreams

Come to life on the movie screens

While the plumber hopes that he won't be seen

As he tries to hide his fears and he wipes away his tears.

But something's burning somewhere. Does anybody care?

We were the kids that made America famous.

The kind of kids that long since drove our parents to dispair.

We were lazy long hairs dropping our, lost confused, and copping out.

Convinced our futures were in doubt and trying not to care.

We lived in the house that made America famous.

It was a rundown slum, the shame of all the decent folks in town.

We hippies and some welfare cases,

Croweded families of coal black faces,

Cramped inside some cracked old boards,

The best that we all could afford

But still to nice for the rich landlord

To tear it down and we could hear the sound

Of something burning somewhere. Is anybody there?

We all lived the life that made America famous.

Our cops would make a point to shadow us around our town.

And we love children put a swastika on the bright red firehouse door.

America, the beautiful, it makes a body proud.

And then came the night that made America famous.

Was it carelessness or someone's sick idea of a joke.

In the tinder box trap that we hippies lived in someone struck a spark.

At first I thought I was dreaming,

Then I saw the first flames gleaming

And heard the sound of children screaming

Coming through the smoke. That's when the horror broke.

Something's burning somewhere. Does anybody care?

It was the fire that made America famous.

The sirens wailed and the firemen stumbled sleepy from their homes.

And the plumber yelled: "Come on let's go!"

But they saw what was burning and said: "Take it slow,

Let'em sweat a little, they'll never know

And besides, we just cleaned the chrome." Said the plumber: "I'm going alone."

He rolled on up in the fire truck

And raised the ladder to the ledge

Where me and my girl and a couple of kids

Were clinging like bats to the edge.

We staggered to salvation,

Collapsed on the street.

And I never thought that a fat man's face

Would ever look so sweet.

It was the scene that made America famous.

If not the love that made America great.

You see we spent the rest of that night in the home of a man I'd never known before.

It's funny when you get that close it's kind of hard to hate.

I went to sleep with the hope that made America famous.

I had the kind of a dream that maybe they're still trying to teach in school.

Of the America that made America famous...and

Of the people who just might understand

That how together yes we can

Create a country better than

The one we have made of this land,

We have a choice to make each man

who dares to dream, reaching out his hand

A prophet or just a crazy God damn

Dreamer of a fool - yes a crazy fool

There's something burning somewhere.

Does anybody care?

Is anybody there?

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I'm a big Toby Keith fan. Not that he's the best singer, musician, or lyricist. But he expresses words and feelings that come from the same place mine do. Same goes for the lyrics to this Charlie Daniels song. It's not my favorite patriotic song, but the lyrics are so true!

America - Song Lyrics by Charlie Daniels

In America

Well the eagle's been flying slow, and the flag's been flying low,

and a lot of people's saying that America's fixing to fall.

But speaking just for me and some people from Tennessee,

we got a thing or two to tell you all.

This lady may have stumbled but she ain't never fell.

And if the Russians don't believe that they can all go straight to hell.

We're gonna put her feet back on the path of the righteousness

and then God bless America again.

And you never did think that it ever would happen again.

In America, did you?

You never did think that we'd ever get together again.

Well we damn sure fooled you.

We're walking real proud and we're talking real loud again

in America.

You never did think that it ever would happen again.

From the sound up in Long Island out to San Francisco Bay,

and ev'ry thing that's in between them is our home.

And we may have done a little bit of fighting amongst ourselves,

but you outside people best leave us alone.

Cause we'll all stick together and you can take that to the bank.

That's the cowboys and the hippies and the rebels and the yanks.

You just go and lay your hand on a Pittsburgh Steeler fan

and I think you're gonna finally understand.

And you never did think that it ever would happen again.

In America, did you?

You never did think that we'd ever get together again.

Well we damn sure fooled you.

We're walking real proud and we're talking real loud again

in America.

You never did think that it ever would happen again.

- Charlie Daniels

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When "Patriotic Songs" and "The 4th of July" are mentioned, I see The Boston Pops raising the band shell a few inches with John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." (I've read that during the Iran-Irag War, The Ayatollahs' recruiters were playing this tune to get more "martyrs" into the Iranian army!) So, let's hear it for Arthur Fiedler, who had the Stars & Stripes unfurl at the climax of this tune. :coolio:

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I don't know if its just because 9/11 was the first major thing that has made me realize that no matter how big or tough you think you are, there is always someone out there who can bring you to your knees. Even if its only for a minute.

But Darryl Worley's Have You Forgotten is a song that will remind of that day where so many of the things I thought were certain, weren't certain at all. They we're nothing but false securities that I had and I know that we as a country had made in our mind.

And because of the respect I have for anyone who is willing to die to protect this country and our freedoms, I also favor Toby Keith's American Soldier and the Warren Brothers Hey Mr President.

But nothing pumps me up like Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue by toby Keith.

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