The Killers take aim at Trump in 'Land Of The Free'

video 15/01/2019

The Killers have released a powerful political anthem that addresses immigration, gun control and racism with an emotional music video directed by Spike Lee.

'Land of the Free' takes aim at President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the US border with Mexico, using real footage of migrant families making desperate attempts for a better life.

Lee, celebrated for his portfolio of politically charged films like BlacKkKlansman and Malcom X, travelled to the border at the end of last year to capture the emotional scenes. 

The video features footage of displaced children waving American flags, asylum-seekers battling tear gas and rubber bullets as they make a break for the border, and candle-light vigils and protests.

 

The track's lyrics juxtapose the concept of the American dream with the nation's ongoing crises of gun violence and racism.

"But if you're the wrong color skin/You grow up looking over both your shoulders/In the land of the free," lead singer Brandon Flowers sings.

"So how many daughters?/Tell me how many sons/Do we have to put in the ground/Before we just break down and face it/We've got a problem with guns."

Flowers took to The Killers Facebook page to post a personal note about his motivation for the song - the "heart-wrenching" news of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

-Newshub