Garth Brooks aims to unite the country with 'We Shall Be Free' video

Garth Brooks wants to bring the country together through the release of a video for his 1992 song "We Shall Be Free."

The country superstar originally wrote the song in the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots where he sings about imagining a world without hunger, homelessness, racism, homophobia and religious persecution.


"I didn't think it would be controversial but when this song first came out, it was not welcomed with opened arms," Brooks told People. "I guess I'm always surprised because, I guess, I’m just one of those ignorant guys who thinks that everybody kinda feels the same and, man, we don’t."

Brooks had initially recorded an all-star video for the 10-year anniversary of the song but it was never released due to publishing issues. He finally released the video on his Facebook page Monday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the song"

"People have been requesting 'We Shall Be Free' a lot more recently," he said. "Any time there is turmoil, any time there is division, we are looking for a safe place. This song is telling us, 'We've all got our differences, but instead of letting it separate it, let's revel in those differences and use them to our advantage as one.' I truly think that 25 years later, the message has reached its mark."