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Song Lyric Sunday – Land of the Free

Song Lyric Sunday for this 4th of July is all about America. I love my country and I am proud to be an American, but this country has been through hell several times. My song this week is “Land of the Free” by the Las Vegas based band, The Killers. It views America from the other side – the side we are all, unfortunately, bombarded with right now.

The Killers were formed by David Keuning and Brandon Flowers in 2001 in Las Vegas, NV. The band has gone through many member changes, but as of this writing, the band consists of Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, in addition to Keuning and Flowers.

The band itself remains neutral in US Politics but each member has his own opinions. “Land of the Free” references a number of political issues, including immigration, gun control, and police killings of African Americans. On January 14, 2019, Flowers commented, in part, in a Twitter post, that “If there was a single moment that I mentally began assembling ‘Land of the Free’, that was it.” (“That” being the shooting at Sandy Hook.) He went on to say that “We dishonor our values, our ancestors and our heritage when we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum. I see my family in the faces of these vulnerable people. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that my grandmother and her family immigrated from Lithuania to escape the U.S.S.R.’s oppression.” His post ends with an echo of my own thoughts…”I love my country. I know these are complicated issues but whether you stand to the left, right or straddle the line, you’ve gotta believe we can do better.” Brandon Flowers – 1/14/2019

Can’t wipe the wind-blown smile from across my face
It’s just the old man in me
Washing his truck at the Sinclair station
In the land of the free (ooh)
His mother, Adeline’s family, came on a ship
Cut coal and planted a seed
Down in them drift mines of Pennsylvania
In the land of the free

Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free
(I’m standing crying)When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice
But if you’re the wrong color skin (I’m standing, crying)
You grow up looking over both your shoulders
In the land of the free
And we got more people locked up than the rest of the world
Right here in red, white and blue (I’m standing, crying)
Incarceration’s become big business
It’s harvest time out on the avenue

Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
Move on there’s nothing to see
Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free

Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
I’m standing crying (oh oh oh oh)
I’m standing crying (oh oh oh oh)
So how many daughters, tell me, how many sons
Do we have to have to put in the ground
Before we just break down and face it
We got a problem with guns? (Oh oh oh oh)
In the land of the free
Down at the border, they’re gonna put up a wall
Concrete and Rebar Steel beams (I’m standing crying)
High enough to keep all those filthy hands off
Of our hopes and our dreams (I’m standing crying)
People who just want the same things we do
In the land of the free

Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
Land of the free, land of the free
In the land of the free (I’m standing crying)

Published by SadiRose

Blogging gets the noise in my head out...at least for a little while. I use blogging to weed through all that noise and find the humor in each situation, even if it takes some time to find it. I am not selling anything, just sharing experiences as a mother, Amma, wife, paralegal, volunteer, Muslimah, sister, daughter, mother-in-law, woman.

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