This is one of the most well-known patriotic country songs that was inspired by the September 11 attacks, along with Alan Jackson's "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)" and Toby Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)
." Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble wrote the song as "sort of a rallying call" in the wake of the events of 9/11 and the early days of the war in Afghanistan. They felt their own patriotic spirits rising and thought, "There's probably a bunch of people that feel this way. Let's find out."
A controversy surrounding the song arose, however, which held that the message contained in it was an accusation that those who disagreed with the US involvement in Afghanistan had "forgotten" about 9/11. Many felt the war would do nothing to help the anti-terrorist cause, and resented the implication.
But Worley maintains that his message was meant as a supportive one for the victims of 9/11, their families, and the veterans and troops whom he so vigorously and actively supports.
He says he's not a "war hawk," and explains, "Even though I support us going and taking care of business, that doesn't mean that there's not some fallout, and there's not gonna be some negative side effects of that kind of thing. I mean, obviously, one of the first things that comes to people's mind when they hear the word 'war' is death. And there's gonna be some of it. There's gonna be lives lost on both sides. And that's the cold reality, and that's the harsh reality, and that's the part that makes it tough for presidents and generals and people to send these young kids into the fight. But that's why we have a military. You have to protect your boundaries, and you have to fight back when people come and kill innocent citizens on a beautiful day who are just out enjoying doing what American people do, and all of the sudden we're getting bombed by terrorists on our own home front. You gotta go retaliate."