The Killers have shared a live performance of a revamped version of their 2019 protest song "Land of the Free," adding new lyrics to address the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
The Killers have shared a live performance of a revamped version of their 2019 protest song “Land of the Free,” adding new lyrics to address the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
“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/ How many killings must one man watch in his home/ Till he sees the price on the TV?” frontman Brandon Flowers sings while playing the piano.
“Eight measured minutes and 46 seconds, another boy in the bag/Another stain on the flag,” he spells out, referencing the duration former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck.
The latter part of the song sees Flowers pleading, “father in heaven, help us see how to lose our hatred / how to break these cycles and change our nature / That we may walk underneath your banner / In the Land Of The Free.”
Robert Loud, who appears in the video performing backup vocals and guitar, shared the performance to his personal Instagram page.
“When Brandon texted me these new lyrics I cried and felt the heart he put into them,” he captioned the post.
“It was an honor to be a part of this,” Loud added. “Let’s ‘break the cycle’ of racism and injustice by starting inside of each of us and those we are close to and also work to spread it out from there until it really is the land of the free. There are too many stains on the flag.”
The original version of “Land of the Free” spoke out against gun violence and U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
Flower said in a Facebook post that the lyrics date back to the aftermath of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.
“As a father I’ll never fully comprehend what that community and those parents went through,” he wrote. “But my church upbringing taught me to mourn with those that mourn and I did it the best way that I knew how. I cried for those kids and teachers. I got on my knees and I prayed for those families.”
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