Hugh Laurie Performs The Best Song Ever Written About America (VIDEO)

04/07/2012 10:23 BST | Updated 03/07/2014 14:59 BST

There have been many great pieces of music celebrating the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Star-Spangled Banner, for one. But also Aaron Copland's Fanfare For The Common Man, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, and perhaps the finest of them all - America, by little-known British musician Hugh Laurie.

Yes, to celebrate the 4th of July, we bring you this classic clip of an epic song, first seen on A Little Bit Of Fry And Laurie in 1989. It's Laurie's ode not just to a great country but also, as you can see from his attire, its great singers like Bruce Springsteen. It's evocative, it's moving, it's... America.