The Killers Premiere New Song ‘Land of the Free’ and Spike Lee-Directed Video

The Killers Premiere New Song ‘Land of the Free’ and Spike Lee-Directed Video

Inspired by recent events and news headlines that seem to come out every couple of minutes these days, the Killers felt inspired. The result was a brand new song premiered by the alt/rock band on Monday titled “Land of the Free,” a gospel-tinged song that touches on a number of topics — among them incarceration, immigration and many more hot-button issues.

For its video, the band turned to famed filmmaker/social commentator Spike Lee, and the result is moving:

The full lyrics:

Can’t wipe that wind blown smile from across my face

It’s just the old man and me

Washing his truck at the Sinclair station

In the land of the free

 

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

In land of the free

 

When I go out in my car I don’t think twice,

But if you’re the wrong color skin

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

Incarceration’s become big business

And it’s harvest time out on the avenue

In the land of the free

Move on, there’s nothing to see

 

So how many daughters?

Tell me how many sons

Do we have to put in the ground

Before we just break down and face it?

We’ve got a problem with guns

In the land of the free

 

Down at the border

They’re gonna put up a wall

With concrete and rebar steel beams

High enough to keep all those filthy hands off of our hopes and our dreams

People who just want the same thing we do

 

In the land of the free

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