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They Wonĺt Back Down: Top 10 Pro-Freedom Pop Songs
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 19, 2010 | David Forsmark

Posted on 12/20/2010 2:32:41 PM PST by Walter Scott Hudson

With the release of Kid Rock’s terrific pro-freedom and pro-American anthem “Born Free,” and the latest installment of John Ondrasik’s "For the Troops" compilation, I got to thinking about songs that go against the so-called liberal grain of pop culture and espouse either a pro-military, pro-American, or just pro-liberty theme.

Some are overtly topical to the political or cultural situation in their time or even battle cries. Others are merely personal anthems that project an American sense of independence, self-reliance or willingness to fight for what is right. They are alike in their timeless appeal.

Here are my Top 10, with a few runners-up thrown in.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: anthem; freedom; liberty; popmusic
The list:

10. Ballad of the Green Berets, Sgt. Barry Sadler

9. I Got it Honest—Aaron Tippin

8. Sweet Home Alabama—Lynyrd Skynyrd

7. Freedom Never Cries—Five for Fighting

6. In America—Charlie Daniels

5. Have you Forgotten– Darryl Worley

4. I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty

3. God Bless the U.S.A.—Lee Greenwood

2. Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)—Toby Keith

1. Born Free– Kid Rock

1 posted on 12/20/2010 2:32:46 PM PST by Walter Scott Hudson
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Not a serious list without >>> People Got To Be Free
2 posted on 12/20/2010 2:37:42 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Keep the Change - Darryl Worley
3 posted on 12/20/2010 2:44:49 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

jon david kahn’s ‘american heart’ a full-on love song for america and this guy risked his career to get the song out there....


4 posted on 12/20/2010 2:44:51 PM PST by hilaryrhymeswithrich
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To: Chi-townChief

Don’t have to live like a refugee (petty); livin in the USA (Steve miller band); lady on the rock (Joe vitale); america (Neil diamond); gimme back my bullets (skynrd); just a few that come to mind.


5 posted on 12/20/2010 2:49:54 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Oh, yeah: love to change the world (ten years after).


6 posted on 12/20/2010 2:53:31 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: Chi-townChief
I like Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) by Styx.

-PJ

7 posted on 12/20/2010 3:00:03 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Why do they want to tax “the rich” out of existence??


8 posted on 12/20/2010 3:05:48 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Toby Keith - American Ride


9 posted on 12/20/2010 3:05:52 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton, Paradise Lost)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Silent Running, Mike and the Mechanics. I really don’t know how it’s meant to be interpreted, but I choose to think it’s pro-liberty. :)


10 posted on 12/20/2010 3:09:15 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

“Ragged Old Flag” by the Man in Black.


11 posted on 12/20/2010 3:09:43 PM PST by Notary Sojac (I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Duuuuuuuuuuu-ude! Listen to the whole song. That line is sarcasm. Satire. just like "life is funny / skies are sunny / bees make honey / who needs money / monopoly." Don't you get it? The viewpoint of the song is stated in the first line.

ogawd I don't have to draw you a picture, do I?

12 posted on 12/20/2010 3:14:29 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson; a fool in paradise
Set me free
13 posted on 12/20/2010 3:16:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Ahm Free
14 posted on 12/20/2010 3:27:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Not so sure although I do get a kick out of the chorus.


15 posted on 12/20/2010 3:27:56 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Not so much an American pro-freedom song, just pro freedom.

Heresy, By RUSH
1991

All around that dull gray world
From Moscow to Berlin
People storm the barricades
Walls go tumbling in

The counter-revolution
People smiling through their tears
Who can give them back their lives
And all those wasted years?
All those precious wasted years -
Who will pay?

All around that dull gray world
Of ideology
People storm the marketplace
And buy up fantasy

The counter-revolution
At the counter of a store
People buy the things they want
And borrow for a little more....


16 posted on 12/20/2010 3:31:25 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
I Like Guns - Steve Lee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU

Awesome.

17 posted on 12/20/2010 3:32:13 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: 21twelve

Also by Rush: The Trees.


18 posted on 12/20/2010 3:35:48 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL - RAY CHARLES
19 posted on 12/20/2010 3:36:24 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Not so much an American pro-freedom song, just pro freedom.

Heresy, By RUSH
1991

All around that dull gray world
From Moscow to Berlin
People storm the barricades
Walls go tumbling in

The counter-revolution
People smiling through their tears
Who can give them back their lives
And all those wasted years?
All those precious wasted years -
Who will pay?

All around that dull gray world
Of ideology
People storm the marketplace
And buy up fantasy

The counter-revolution
At the counter of a store
People buy the things they want
And borrow for a little more....


20 posted on 12/20/2010 3:37:38 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
FREE
21 posted on 12/20/2010 3:43:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: 21twelve
Cheryl Wheeler - "Don't Forget the Guns"


Now let's get the kids and pack up the car
Take that vacation we've been waiting for
Drive across this country leave our worries far behind
Singin' four-part harmony to "sweet adeline"


`Cause I got these books and maps from triple "A"
We'll visit friends and sites along the way
So bring the bikes and toys and diapers
Pay the neighbor's son
And call to stop the mail and, honey,
Don't forget the guns


(Chorus) Now don't forget the guns you know exactly what I mean
Bring the pistols, bring the uzi and the old AR-15
We don't look for trouble but by golly if we're in it
It's nice to know we're free to blow nine hundred rounds a minute


We'll head for Chicago, stop for the night
Hope for good weather hope the kids don't fight
They've never seen mt. Rushmore and they ought to understand
The kind of men who forged our freedom all across this land


We'll hike up a trail and ride down a street
Stand by Old Faithful and watch her blow off steam
When we pack picnic lunches that's not all we'll bring along
`Cause we'll be packing 45's case anything goes wrong


(Repeat Chorus) Oh riding along we'll follow the sights
Over the mountains under the pines
Up to boot hill where they got what they gave
In the land of the free you've got to be brave

22 posted on 12/20/2010 3:47:27 PM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Livin in the USA. Steve Miller Band.
Gimme Some Truth. John Lennon.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 3:51:10 PM PST by freedomtrail (The Fourth Seal has been opened. Three more to go.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Whilst this song on its own may not seem to qualify, this particular performance does.

Dear communist subverters, there is a message here from all of us to all of you.....

....do you get it yet? If you don’t you soon shall. Live free or die!

Stranglehold - Ted Nugent (July 4, 2008)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHDA5nHlDrQ


24 posted on 12/20/2010 3:51:10 PM PST by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: Ramius

So many songs by Rush are about freedom and liberty. But I would not put them in the Pro America camp like Toby Keith!! LOL (More in the Libertarian group).

Freewill
Dreamline
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
Caravan (their latest “...can’t stop thinkin’ big...”
Bastille Day


25 posted on 12/20/2010 4:09:51 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkcPcFEvqYc

Another oldie.


26 posted on 12/20/2010 4:13:14 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Signs - Tesla.


27 posted on 12/20/2010 4:13:22 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Avenged Sevenfold is a heavy metal band which has written several pro-troops songs. A breath of fresh air, given the garbage that pop-culture has spawned. A couple highlights...

They have a song called “M.I.A.” which is pro-troop. Someone put the song to scenes from Black Hawk Down, and it’s a fantastic video and song. Gets me pumped up before it’s gym time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QMzDWUGctk&feature=related

They wrote a song called “Danger Line” on their new CD. Being active duty military myself, the end of this song brings a tear to my eye. If you watch any video on this list, watch this one.
Lyric: My 16 locked and loaded
All fear has been avoided
You say the words and my weapon is drawn
This one could be my last time
Some people call it war crime
I may be staring down a lethal site... to die
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfAvd6ADjYU

They have a song ranting about how much they hate political correctness and elitist BS called “Critical Acclaim”.
Lyric: “So how does it feel to know that someones kid in the heart of America has blood on their hands fighting to defend your rights so you can maintain a lifestyle that insults his family’s existence?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G-PEADwKzQ

Their self-titled CD had another song specifically dedicated to the troops, called “Gunslinger”.
Chorus:
I reach towards the sky I’ve said my goodbyes
My heart’s always with you now
I won’t question why so many have died
My prayers have made it through yeah
‘Cause with all these things we do
It don’t matter when I’m coming home to you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqj8TKJXHXE


28 posted on 12/20/2010 4:30:21 PM PST by The Black Knight (What would John Rambo do?)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Avenged Sevenfold is a heavy metal band which has written several pro-troops songs. A breath of fresh air, given the garbage that pop-culture has spawned. A couple highlights...

They have a song called “M.I.A.” which is pro-troop. Someone put the song to scenes from Black Hawk Down, and it’s a fantastic video and song. Gets me pumped up before it’s gym time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QMzDWUGctk&feature=related

They wrote a song called “Danger Line” on their new CD. Being active duty military myself, the end of this song brings a tear to my eye. If you watch any video on this list, watch this one.
Lyric: My 16 locked and loaded
All fear has been avoided
You say the words and my weapon is drawn
This one could be my last time
Some people call it war crime
I may be staring down a lethal site... to die
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfAvd6ADjYU

They have a song ranting about how much they hate political correctness and elitist BS called “Critical Acclaim”.
Lyric: “So how does it feel to know that someones kid in the heart of America has blood on their hands fighting to defend your rights so you can maintain a lifestyle that insults his family’s existence?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G-PEADwKzQ

Their self-titled CD had another song specifically dedicated to the troops, called “Gunslinger”.
Chorus:
I reach towards the sky I’ve said my goodbyes
My heart’s always with you now
I won’t question why so many have died
My prayers have made it through yeah
‘Cause with all these things we do
It don’t matter when I’m coming home to you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqj8TKJXHXE


29 posted on 12/20/2010 4:30:30 PM PST by The Black Knight (What would John Rambo do?)
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To: Chi-townChief

I’ve heard others express doubt. From the moment I first heard it, the narrative struck me as just that: his voice is of the reporter, saying “holy cow has this world gone crazy! Fairies and dykes everywhere, crazy ideas about economics and government, etc.”

The voice isn’t that of the activist, saying “do this, do that, tax the rich out of existence, etc.”

For my part, the chorus is a let down because it’s basically hand-wringing. Otoh, that could be commentary as well: “so you wanna change the world, eh? Well go ahead and try, idealistic fool...”


30 posted on 12/20/2010 5:20:50 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (oy. Again I say, oy.)
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To: wheresmyusa

What about the Damn Yankee’s (With Ted Nugent) song “Don’t Tread On Me”?


31 posted on 12/20/2010 6:23:21 PM PST by MikeSteelBe
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To: wheresmyusa

What about the Damn Yankee’s (With Ted Nugent) song “Don’t Tread On Me”?


32 posted on 12/20/2010 6:23:36 PM PST by MikeSteelBe
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Remember the Heroes - Sammy Hagar


33 posted on 12/20/2010 6:25:41 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: MikeSteelBe

Good Call! =D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkEbqgbSqs8


34 posted on 12/20/2010 7:30:20 PM PST by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; ...
James Brown - America Is My Home Pt 1 & Pt 2

http://www.amazon.com/America-My-Home-Part-1/dp/B0016Q8YCS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1292944020&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/America-My-Home-Pt-2/dp/B0016Q8YD2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1292944020&sr=1-3

The samples in this don't give enough of a taste.


35 posted on 12/21/2010 7:26:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: All

Lyrics - James Brown “America Is My Home”

(I’m having to clean up these lyric list lyrics that are full of errors, without the cut before me)

Talking ‘bout me leaving America
You gotta be crazy, man,
I like all the nice things, Jack
Continental suits and things, look here...

Now I am sorry for the man
Who don’t love this land

Now black and white, they may fight
But if the enemy come
We’ll get together and run them out of sight

I love it

The sun don’t come out in rainy weather
But when you boil it down, they’re still together
Now let’s not overlook the fact that we’re... we’re still in reach!
You got to chance to make it and you got a freedom of speech

Say what you wanna, tell ‘em how you feel
There may be a lot of places, a lot of places that you’d like to go
But believe me if you get an education, you can blow
You can all it blow, dig this (I know this line is wrong)

Now you tell me if I’m wrong
America is still the best country
And that’s without a doubt
America is still the best country
Without a doubt

And if anybody says it ain’t, you can try to put him out
They ain’t going nowhere, you got a good fight
When I tell you one time that I was a shoeshine boy
Every word I said, I meant

But name me any other country
You can start out as a shoeshine boy
And shake hands with the president
It ain’t gonna help, you gotta have that royal blood to make it
And I ain’t got nothing royal but me
So I can’t take the chances, I’m gonna stay home

And look here, I got a brand new jet when I need to move
A soul brother made it, wow, ??? a rule

So look here,
Brothers and sisters and friends, dig this
So quit your dreaming all night
Stop beatin’ yourself and get up and fight

Don’t give up, you might give up, but just don’t give out
I know if you give out, don’t give up
There’s no quick going... I mean ,like, keep it moving, you know
‘Cause if you stop, like a ball, it’ll quit rolling

Now we got two of the ??? from Florida to Rome
Which we know there’s one thing we’ll never forget
America’s still our home,
hit it bad
God bless America, I’m talking about me too
You know I’m American myself, I like that kind of thing, look here... (fade out, until part II on the flip)


36 posted on 12/21/2010 7:45:23 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise

Hey, that ain’t Elvis! ;-)


37 posted on 12/21/2010 8:20:09 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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