It’s been more than nine years since Toby Keith crooned, “We’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way,” in “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American).” We’ve come a long way. Today, with the tenth anniversary of the attacks looming, we get another entry into the 9/11 song canon, albeit with a slightly more somber tone. In “Reason to Believe,” Morning Joe host (and former Republican congressman) Joe Scarborough sings with more earnestness than a Fourth of July parade: “In the flash of an hour/ Watching dreams fall from towers/ All I once knew came tumbling down.” It is indeed a country song.
The television personality does not appear in the accompanying video, ceding the spotlight to real American families, soldiers, and September 11 stock footage. Throwing some weight behind the banjo-heavy tune, Scarborough told the Huffington Post, “It’s critical that we remember the heroes of 9/11 and those who are still fighting in an endless war. They need to come home. It’s time.”
Try the song below before you buy it. (iTunes lists no information about proceeds going to charity.)