December 3, 2001 at 8:49 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 3:10 AM
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Lee Greenwood (pictured, right) says that he never gets tired of singing "God Bless the U.S.A.," especially now that he believes the song is his healing balm for the nation since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"My main priority right now is to try to heal the nation," Greenwood said in a phone interview with The (Toledo) Blade , prior to his weekend show at the Toledo Sports Arena.
Greenwood, 59, wrote it in 1983. It earned Song of the Year honors from the Country Music Association and brought Greenwood a wealth of awards from civic, humanitarian, and military organizations.
"I wrote it to bring people together," he said. "There were a lot of years I wanted to write the song. I had a passion for it. But when I sat down to write it, it came very quick."
The song and the circumstance have Greenwood in high demand.
"Last year we only did about 90 concert dates," he said. "I've done 30 personal appearances since 9-11. We were aiming at 120 next year and we'll probably double that."
That's just fine with him.
"Every time I sing it, it's like the first time," Greenwood said. "I don't ever get bored with it."
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