Song for a Monday

springsteen_concert.jpgHappy St. Patrick’s Day. Sorry about the weather. ’tis a special day for me because on March 17, 1991, I set foot on Minnesota sod for the first time.

Last night, Bruce Springsteen played at the Xcel Energy Center(Star Tribune review | Pioneer Press review) and ended the concert with a nod to St. Patrick’s Day with American Land, which he recorded as part of the Seeger Sessions.

Grab your office mates, turn up your speakers, and good luck getting it out of your head.

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, Zerillis too**

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 we’re all trying to keep down

(Bob notes: this was changed “keep out” last night)

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

Posting will be sporadic today. As I am old and unable to stay out late for concerts anymore, I took the day off.

  • nikki

    This is why we call him the boss, People!!! The only news I have heard about St. Patricks day involves green beer and bar music selection (which are all really fun topics). However, I think it is important to touch on the reason we celebrate St. Patricks day, as well as other adopted holidays in this country! Especially in such an important time for immigrants in Minnesota we need to open our eyes to the absolute beauty and the history of these celebrations. Immigrants have made this country what it is today. Lets not forget this as the immigration debate wears on in our community!