I grew up in the woods with a taxidermist stepfather and a lot of stuffed deer heads, foxes, and a goose (caught in mid-flight) decorating the house. I have eaten homemade deer sausage. My mother drives a pickup and uses the pickup part for work-related activities, like hauling hay for her horses. I have been given camo non-ironicallly. When I interviewed Bon Iver about the deep woods and hunting, I nodded in recognition more than twice (six times, actually). All that said, Ted Nugent’s passion for the NRA goes further than and deeper than anyone I know. His love (lust?) runs so deep, he wrote an anthem about it. The lyrics are horrible. As is the song. But we wanted to print them anyhow, because if you take the time to listen, you might as well sing along. Also, please note the press release let us know that the “freedom-loving song” should be written in all caps: “I AM THE NRA.” In case the lyrics themselves weren’t venison-fisted enough. Bad touch, Uncle Ted.
When I think of freedom
I got my Bill Of Rights
US Constitution is my guiding light
Our founding fathers, they were not confused
I always celebrate self-evident truths
I AM THE NRA I AM THE NRA
I am we the people
I don’t need no OK
My pursuit of happiness will take me all the way
If you hate slavery as much as we all do
Come on join the fight, I’ll tell you what we do
I AM THE NRA I AM THE NRA
If you hate tyrants and dictators and are ready to give freedom a whirl
Celebrate the NRA and the shot heard round the world
The shot heard round the world
Slavery equated with anti-gun laws. The song debuted at the NRA Convention May 17-18 in Louisville and we’re told the Nuge, who’s currently in his fifth term on the NRA’s Board Of Directors, called the convention “the ultimate Ted Nugent party,” with “more than 67,000 of my closest friends.” Anyone make it this year? Anyhow, Ted is really emo about this one:
We know in our hearts and souls that God gave each of us a precious, equal, miraculous gift of life. And we also know, that if not for the formation and growth of this fundamental grassroots organization, individual American citizens would no longer have that US Constitutionally guaranteed God given right to keep and bear arms for the protection of this gift. Thank God for the NRA.
And thank God the full download is available (for a price, like freedom) at Ted’s site as well as the NRA’s website. The NRA’s website! Watch out Amazon. Fittingly, the song was recorded in Waco. If you have the urge, mashups would be appreciated.
Nugent heads on the Rolling Thunder Tour this summer.