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The Killers Release “Land Of The Free”; Video By Spike Lee

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.

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’.

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

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.