Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 07/05/2011

Martina McBride subs for Lionel Ritchie at Pops, sings once-controversial ‘Independence Day’

Martina McBride performs during the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, July 3. (Michael Dwyer - AP)
When soul and R&B singer-songwriter Lionel Richie told the Boston Pops he wouldn’t be able to make his scheduled Fourth of July performance because of strained vocal chords, the Pops decided to go country instead.

Martina McBride, the girl with the big voice and “Celine Dion of country,” sang crowd-pleasing favorites like “This One’s For the Girls,” but better remembered will be her performance of the not totally patriotic “Independence Day.”

The early 1990s hit never made it to the top 10 because of controversial lyrics about a mother burning down her home, (Best line: Well she lit up the sky that Fourth of July), but the Pops didn’t seem to mind including it Monday.

Listen to “Independence Day” below:

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