Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Share The Land ~ Canada's 150th Birthday This Year ~ Our 17 Best Songs ~ Third Post

Burton Cummings and The Guess Who were at the top of the American charts in 1970 with American Woman. The next single they released, Share The Land, consolidated their counter-culture stature even further. 

The contrast between the minor key verse, urging a drug-addled second person to awaken from their own self interest, with the Utopian chorale that hooks the sentiments of Woodstock to a churchy faith in communalism sold the song, although it reached a smaller audience than American Woman

Randy Bachman had just left the band and his sturdy presence is lacking in the mix. Another prototypical anthem from outside the paradigms of American songwriting.

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