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

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

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.