Happy election day, folks!
Let Bruce Springsteen remind you of the complexities, challenges, and optimism of democracy with this joyful, acoustic version of “American Land” on his Takamine 6-string with a sunburst finish.
First released on his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, “American Land” looks at the country through the eyes of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island.
Inspired by Pete Seeger‘s “He Lies in the American Land,” which is in turn inspired by a poem written by an immigrant steelworker, Springsteen’s version is downright dancey, with Celtic mirth and an homage to the quintessential American work ethic.
“There’s diamonds in the sidewalk, the gutters lined in song
Dear, I hear that beer flows through the faucets all night long
There’s treasure for the taking, for any hard working man
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Who’ll make his home in the American land”
Now go vote!
Like a boss.