Country music superstar Toby Keith released single on July 4, lamenting the state of the United States
Keith, 59, created “Happy Birthday America (what’s left of it) on Fox News Friday morning.”
The Oklahoma-born singer, known for his patriotic and upbeat songs, takes a distinctly different tone as he mourns “all run down towns, by leftist conception” and asks why the nation is so miserable.
“Looks like everyone’s peeing on red, white and blue,” he sings.
Toby Keith, 59, released new song to mark Independence Day, expressing sorrow over the state of modern America
Keith’s song is a lament for a lost country, whose political leaders have failed
On Friday morning, Keith performed the song on Fox News and explained how inspired he was by the concerns of people he spoke to “in the heart of the country.”
Keith, who played during the inauguration of Donald Trump, sang of his sadness in the face of the political panorama.
The full lyrics of ‘Happy Birthday America (whatever’s left of you)’
Happy Birthday America
It’s July 4th
I wake up in your freedom
But sometimes I wonder why
Looks like everyone is peeing
On red, white and blue
Happy Birthday America
All you have left
You were the baby when you saved the world
First and second world wars
France would just be part of Germany now
If it hadn’t been for you
Now your children want to denounce you
To something other than you
They burn your flag in the streets of their city
More than anyone else
Who they will rely on
When you’re not there to take their call?
Will the world keep turning
Without the greatest of all?
Without the helping hand of God
Your days are numbered, my old friend
We will surely miss you girl
You were the best that ever was
All the cities down
By design of the left
And the right can’t do it right
Most of the time
Every time I go to town and vote
I just came home with the blues
The lesser of two evils
All we can choose
“Every time I go to town and vote, I come home with the blues,” he sang.
“The lesser of two evils, whatever we can choose. ”
In addition to playing the Trump nomination, Keith also played events for President George Bush and Barack Obama, claiming his decision to perform at each was about America, not party lines.
Although he never backed Trump, Keith once called the president – and his then-opponent Hilary Clinton – “media whores” in a September 2016 interview.
“It’s by far the best country you can live in, and we picked these two candidates to be media whores and go out there and take care of the world, eh?” He said in an interview at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. He then called the elections a “trash fire”.
The singer, who has earned over $ 500 million throughout his career, sings in his new song that the world has taken America for granted.
“You were the darling” when you saved the world, WW One and Two.
“France would just be part of Germany now, without you,” he sings.
Keith, who has sung to honor the troops before, continued, “Who are they going to rely on when you’re not around to take their call?
“Will the world keep spinning without the greatest of all?” “
Keith warns, “Without the helping hand of God, your days are numbered, my old friend.
“We will certainly miss you, my daughter, you were the best that ever was. “
He told Fox he wrote the song on a boat, in July 2020, while watching the fireworks.
“It had been a screwed up 18 months,” Keith said.
“I saw both sides worrying about the end of democracy. We fought and divided almost to the point that it is all about power and victory.
‘Charlie Daniels had a song saying’ God save us all from religion. ‘
“And I think, God save us all from politicians.”
Keith said he felt many people around the country were in pain and upset.
“I live in the heart of the country and I feel like everyone you talk to has the same concerns,” he said.
“It just feels like politicians are not doing the job on both sides and it feels like democracy is in danger.”
Keith previously revealed that he was raised as a Democrat in Oklahoma and was a member of the party until 2008 when he became independent.
“I have been a Democrat my whole life. They kind of disowned me when I started supporting the troops and then I went to register as an independent, ”he told the Chicago Tribune.
“I have never been a registered Republican. It just throws people off balance. They don’t know what to think.
Ahead of this year’s election, Keith has made his voice heard on social media, urging Americans to “get out there and vote” regardless of their political affiliations or opinions.
“I just think everyone should have an opinion and everyone should vote,” one tweet read. “That’s what we’re basing ourselves on. “
In his early years, Keith made his voice heard politically, during George W. Bush’s tenure as Commander-in-Chief.
In 2003, he engaged in a public feud with the Chicks – formerly known as Dixie Chicks – after the band’s lead singer criticized Bush shortly before the Iraq war.
Keith is on the road this summer with his Country Comes to Town tour.
He also has a new radio single, “Old School”.