New Song from The Killers Goes After Trump and the Border Wall
Lead singer Brandon Flowers says tune was originally inspired by Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012
The rock band The Killers has released a new song taking aim at President Donald Trump, the Second Amendment — and the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
The song, titled “Land of the Free,” has been in the works on some level since 2012, according to a Facebook post from the band’s lead singer, Brandon Flowers (shown above left).
He said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 is what originally inspired the song.
Flowers also targeted immigration in his post.
“We dishonor our values, our ancestors and our heritage when we tear gas our brothers and sisters seeking asylum,” Flowers wrote.
One lyric taking aim at gun violence in the song is, “So, how many daughters, tell me how many sons, do we have to have to put in the ground before we just break down and face it, we got a problem with guns.”
Another lyric goes after the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico.
“Down at the border, they’re gonna put up a wall, concrete and rebar steel beams (I’m standing crying) high enough to keep all those filthy hands off of our hopes and our dreams,” sings Flowers.
The song also says illegal aliens are “people who just want the same things we do, in the land of the free.”
Despite the political topics and politicized lyrics, Flowers seems to believe his band’s song is not divisive at all.
“I love my country,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I know that these are complicated issues but whether you stand to the Left, Right, or straddle the line, you’ve gotta believe we can do better.”
Check out “Land of the Free” from The Killers below: