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Share The Land lyrics

Have you been around?
Have you done your share of coming down
of different things that people do?

Have you been aware?
You got brothers and sisters who care
about what's gonna happen to you
in a year from now

(chorus)
Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Baby, I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
when we oughta live together
I'm talking about together, now

(chorus)

(instrumental)

Did you pay your dues?
Did you read the news
This morning when the paper
landed in your yard?
Do you know their names?
Can you play their games
Without losing track
and coming down a bit too, hard?
Oh...

(chorus 2x)

Mmm, maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Baby, I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
When we oughta live together
We're talking bout together, now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
When we oughta live together
Together, together

Shake your hand. Share the land.

songwriters: Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings

performed by: The Guess Who

date released: in 1970 by The Guess Who

Like truth, lyric interpretation is in the mind of the listener. There are several interpretations on the internet which prod and provoke.

"Share the Land" was recorded after a rupture in the group stemming from Randy Bachman's conversion to Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) owns a lot of land, but most of it is open to the public. Most of the church buildings and temples owned by the Church have beautifully landscaped grounds that are always open to the public. Food produced from church operated farms, orchards, and ranches is available to anyone in need, regardless of their religious affiliation.

Because of the rift between Cummings and Bachman, one might then interpret that "sharing the land" as indicative of a subtext of division and taking a stake of ownership of music rights, artistic development, etc. This was the last year [1970} that The Guess Who would perform as the original group.

An alternative view is suggested by the First Nations man on the cover of the album. Could native land rights be argued as a source of the Bachman-Cummings muse?

At any rate, "Share the Land" has not aged well, but is still worthy of inclusion on any Guess Who anthology.



Share The Land lyrics

Have you been around?
Have you done your share of coming down
of different things that people do?

Have you been aware?
You got brothers and sisters who care
about what's gonna happen to you
in a year from now

(chorus)
Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Baby, I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
when we oughta live together
I'm talking about together, now

(chorus)

(instrumental)

Did you pay your dues?
Did you read the news
This morning when the paper
landed in your yard?
Do you know their names?
Can you play their games
Without losing track
and coming down a bit too, hard?
Oh...

(chorus 2x)

Mmm, maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Baby, I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
When we oughta live together
We're talking bout together, now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
(Shake your hand)
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
(Share the land)
That they'll be giving away
When we oughta live together
Together, together

Shake your hand. Share the land.

songwriters: Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings

performed by: The Guess Who

date released: in 1970 by The Guess Who

Like truth, lyric interpretation is in the mind of the listener. There are several interpretations on the internet which prod and provoke.

"Share the Land" was recorded after a rupture in the group stemming from Randy Bachman's conversion to Mormonism. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the "Mormon" church) owns a lot of land, but most of it is open to the public. Most of the church buildings and temples owned by the Church have beautifully landscaped grounds that are always open to the public. Food produced from church operated farms, orchards, and ranches is available to anyone in need, regardless of their religious affiliation.

Because of the rift between Cummings and Bachman, one might then interpret that "sharing the land" as indicative of a subtext of division and taking a stake of ownership of music rights, artistic development, etc. This was the last year [1970} that The Guess Who would perform as the original group.

An alternative view is suggested by the First Nations man on the cover of the album. Could native land rights be argued as a source of the Bachman-Cummings muse?

At any rate, "Share the Land" has not aged well, but is still worthy of inclusion on any Guess Who anthology.



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Quiz #: 10523
Winnipeg's classic rock stars, The Guess Who, sharing their musical wealth
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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