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Watch Garth Brooks’ Powerful Unreleased Video for ‘We Shall Be Free’

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During this week’s edition of his Facebook Live series Inside Studio G, Garth Brooks premiered the never-before-seen music video for “We Shall Be Free.”

The clip was made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the single in 2002, but ended up on the cutting room floor. The video features imagery from the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as protests and footage from wars through the 20th century. Many celebrities appear in the clip, including Michael J. Fox, Al Gore, John Travolta, Whoopi Goldberg and Brooks’ now-wife Trisha Yearwood.


“We Shall Be Free” was penned by Brooks and Stephanie Davis during a stay in Los Angeles while riots overtook the city after police officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted. The song champions coming together to create a better world for all human beings, and often regains popularity in times of personal or international struggle.

“People have been requesting ‘We Shall Be Free’ a lot more recently,” Brooks tells PEOPLE. “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.”

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Watch Garth Brooks’ Powerful Unreleased Video for ‘We Shall Be Free’