Earlier this week, we wondered which song would emerge as the patriotic anthem of choice in a world untainted by Osama bin Laden. Well, "God Bless the U.S.A." figures to be that song. But it'll be Beyonce's version -- recorded for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008 -- instead of the Lee Greenwood original. Let's just say that's it's an irreplaceable rendition with swelling acoustic guitars and a synth-clap beat that'll make Lite-FM programmers giddy from sea to shining sea.
Although Piers Morgan is "premiering" the song on his show tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN, Bey's version has been floating around on YouTube for the past couple years. Stream it below.
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Now, the nice thing about this well-timed release that is bound to give Jay-Z's wife a good bit of publicity (in addition to the "teaser" trailer for her "Run the World (Girls)" video that dropped yesterday), is that all of the proceeds from downloads will go to the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Childrens' Benefit Fund. Procure it at Beyonce's website or iTunes.