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THE KILLERS RELEASE “LAND OF THE FREE”; VIDEO BY SPIKE LEE

 

 

 

14 January 2019 (Toronto, ON) - The Killers have unveiled a new stand-alone song, “Land Of The Free”, with a video by Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee. Recorded at their own Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas, Nevada and produced by Jacknife Lee, with additional gospel vocals by (vocal co-arranger) Lynn Mabry, Dorian Holley, Will Wheaton, Sherree Patrice Brown, Akasha Mabry and Killers’ touring vocalists Amanda Brown, Danielle René Withers and Erica Canales. The Killers invited Spike Lee to make the video for the song, a heartfelt lament inspired by current events and recent national tragedies in the United States. Listen to "Land Of The Free" HERE.

 

The band gave Spike Lee full creative rein, and he filmed the video over a few weeks at the tail end of 2018, traveling to the U.S./Mexico border to capture scenes of migrant families as they made their way towards ‘the land of the free’. Watch the official music video HERE.

 

 

 

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

 

Photo: Anton Corbijn

 

 

Since 2004, The Killers have released five studio albums and a string of hit singles. Every one of their studio albums has charted at #1 on the Official Albums Chart and their most recent - Wonderful, Wonderful - also gave them their first ever U.S. #1. The band recently wrapped a world-wide arena tour. Spike Lee is a recipient of the Academy Honorary Award, BAFTA Special Award and the Honorary Cesar. His last movie, BlacKkKlansman, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.