Bruce Springsteen lyrics -- Bruce Springsteen shows -- Bruce Springsteen records

Song title: American land


American land

What is this land of America, so many travel there
I'm going now while I'm still young, my darling meet me there
Wish me luck my lovely, I'll send for you when I can
And we'll make our home in the American land
Over there all the woman wear silk and satin to their knees
And children dear, the sweets, I hear, are growing on the trees
Gold comes rushing out the river straight into your hands
If you make your home in the American land
There's diamonds in the sidewalks, there's 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
Who will make his home in the American land
I docked at Ellis Island in a city of light and spire
I wandered to the valley of red-hot steel and fire
We made the steel that built the cities with the sweat of our two hands
And I made my home in the American land
There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's 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
Who will make his home in the American land
The McNicholas, the Posalski's, the Smiths, Zirillis too[1]
The Blacks, the Irish, the Italians, the Germans and the Jews
The Puerto Ricans, illegals, the Asians, Arabs miles from home
Come across the water with a fire down below
They died building the railroads, worked to bones and skin
They died in the fields and factories, names scattered in the wind
They died to get here a hundred years ago, they're dyin' now
The hands that built the country were all trying to keep down
There's diamonds in the sidewalk, there's 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
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land
Who will make his home in the American land

Notes: [1] Zirilli is the Italian maiden name of Bruce's mother Adele.


Statistics from the KILLING FLOOR (www.brucespringsteen.it) database


Published on the following official releases:

First known live performance: 22/06/2006 Madison Square Garden, New York,NY ,USA
Last known live performance: 11/02/2017 Hanging Rock, Macedon ,Australia

Song 'history':


A discrete number of performances (30) was given during the The Seeger Session tour
Played during the rehearsals for the Magic tour, in Sep 2007.
A real milestone of each setlist of the Magic tour
Performed every night of the Working on a Dream tour
Published on the 'WRECKING BALL' Album, released in March 2012.
The Wrecking Ball tour counted 25 apparitions of this song
Bruce gave this song one only shot through the High Hopes tour (08/02/2014 Perth Arena, Perth ,Australia)
One only rendering for this song in the 2016 The River tour (17/03/2016 Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles,CA ,USA)
Performed 5 times during the 2017 Summer tour
Data from the www.brucespringsteen.it database