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this is your land


composer
Words and music: Simple Minds
Written by: Kerr / Burchill / MacNeil / Gaynor / Giblin (Post 2013 credit)


publisher
© 1989 Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd
© JKMC-Bucks Music Group Ltd / Hornall Music / EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (Post 2013 credit)


background
"I have a wonderful personal memory of Lou Reed. The scene is an underground recording studio in the centre of Paris. It is a chilly evening in early Spring 1989. Some days earlier, our then producer Trevor Horn, had come up with the random idea of asking Lou Reed to guest on a song that we were working on called "This Is Your Land." Nice idea! But everyone in the know, his record company/management etc, had informed us that there was virtually no chance that Lou Reed would even respond to such a request, never mind accept the invitation."

"How wrong they were! Within 24 hours, word came back that Lou liked what he heard, and was more than willing to guest. This was unbelievable news."

"And so, while the rest of the band stayed back in Scotland, putting the last minute touches to our album Street Fighting Years, I immediately set off for Paris with the master tape of the track under my arm."

"Only a matter of hours later I was pacing around the studio control room, the tape machine was all set and the microphone positioned perfectly under the spotlight, bang centre of a darkened room. Sat on table in front of me, was a bottle of rare Scotch whisky from the island of Islay, and a perfectly wrapped copy of the greatest Glasgow novel ever, "Lanark" by Alasdair Gray. Both brought as gifts from Scotland, I looked on them more as lucky charms, something I would perhaps need, given Lou's reputation for being "awkward.""

"It was right then that the enormity of the situation enveloped me. You see, to me, Lou Reed was more than Sinatra ever could be. More than James Dean, Marlon Brando or even Pablo Picasso. And as for me? Well I might had some success with Simple Minds, who were after all a stadium act in those years, but for some reason all my confidence suddenly deserted me. Right then in fact, I once again felt like I was the 13 year old "Butcher's Boy," coming back from the town centre, with my copy of Transformer under my arm. Jesus! So what the hell was I doing by trying to engage someone of the artistic magnitude of Lou Reed, within my lyrical vision? Well, at that very moment of shrunken realisation, all I wanted to do was grab the tape, and run out into the night, before I made a complete and utter fool of myself."

"Too late however, because right at the agreed moment, the door flew open. And there, in front of me, he stood. Dark glasses and uniform leather jacket. (I recognised it as a Claude Montana design, very expensive, very chic) Dressed from head to toe in black, even Elvis could not have looked cooler at his height. A Fallen Angel - no doubt, he most definitely had something of the Beelzebub about him. A wizard, a true star, and yet, his handshake was warm, and his embrace felt sincere."

"Twenty minutes later, and after no more that three takes. His vocal part was done and dusted."

"I had arranged a table, with help from the record company, in the then most expensive restaurant in Paris. He looked happy, or as happy as Lou could ever look. We ate a lot, and he and his wife, drank the best wine available. I went back to the Hotel Raphael afterwards, I had a cassette in my jeans pocket. It featured Lou Reed singing our song. I played it all night, more than I had ever played anything." - Jim, 28th October 2013


"Saw some astounding sites over these summer months including Grand Canyon, the slopes of Mount Etna, and the misty peak of Mont Blanc. But it's the Forth Bridge - a human structure no less - that fills me with a unique inspiration. It was that - and the accompanying town of South Queensferry where I once lived - that inspired the lyrics to This Is Your Land. Yesterday's visit brought the feeling back to me once again." - Jim, 23rd August 2015





lyrics
This is your land,
It's the way it was planned.
Sky to the sea, something to see.
Old ancient town, to the old people ground,
I wanna know, something to go.

This is your land, laid out in your hand,
This is your land.
Wherever I go, way down here I know,
This is your land.

Oh churches and steeples, big city people,
I wanna know something to hold.
Walk down the track, to the old railroad track,
I wanna leave something to see.

This is your land, laid out in your hand,
This is your land.
Wherever I go, way down here I know.
This is your land.

Money can't buy me,
Money can't buy me,
I've got time.
Time is on my side.

You don't know what you've got till the whole thing's gone,
The days are dark and the road is long.
And when you walk away, the hope is gone,
Tell me what is right, and what is wrong.
Is this the way it was planned?

This is your land, take it in your hand,
This is your land.
Wherever I go, way down here I know.
This is your land, take it in your hand,
This is your land.
Wherever I go, way down here I know,
This is your land.



discography
Edit (4:45)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

This Is Your Land US 12" Promo This Is Your Land US CD Promo Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Promo CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 2CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + 3CD Celebrate: The Greatest Hits + Australian Promo 2CD Celebrate: The Collection CD

DJ Version (5:05)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

This Is Your Land 7" Promo This Is Your Land CD Promo The Best Of ... (Sampler) Selections From The Best Of The Best Of Simple Minds CD2 Promo The Best Of US Promo The Best Of The Best Of SACD The Best Of Night Of The Proms Special Remastered Edition Gift Pack Limited Edition The Best Of Donna Moderna cover CD

Album Version (6:22)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

This Is Your Land 12" Promo This Is Your Land CD Promo This Is Your Land 7" This Is Your Land MC This Is Your Land 12" This Is Your Land CD This Is Your Land Limited Edition 12" This Is Your Land German 12" This Is Your Land German CD This Is Your Land US CD Promo This Is Your Land Italian Jukebox 7" This Is Your Land US 12" Promo This Is Your Land US 7" This Is Your Land US MC Street Fighting Years Promo 7" Box Set Street Fighting Years Promo MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Promo CD Box Set Street Fighting Years LP Street Fighting Years MC Street Fighting Years CD Street Fighting Years US Promo MC Street Fighting Years Limited Edition MC Box Set Street Fighting Years Limited Edition CD Box Set Street Fighting Years Picture CD Themes Volume Four Theme Seventeen: This Is Your Land CD Theme Seventeen: This Is Your Land MC Street Fighting Years MiniDisc 81-95 DJ Copy Street Fighting Years Reissue CD Simple Minds Box Set The Platinum Collection CD Themes 15-17 Promo CDR Themes Volume One - Five Five Album Set Classic Album Selection

Live Version (29th March 2013) (4:44)
Recorded: Sands Centre, Carlisle, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Generic CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD

Live Version (6th April 2013) (4:38)
Recorded: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

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Live Version (15th April 2013) (4:42)
Recorded: O2 Academy, Bournemouth, UK
Mixed By Concert Live
Remastered By Derrick Carter

Simple Minds Live Double CD Simple Minds Live Specific CD Simple Minds Live Commercial CD

Live Version (26th January 2014) (4:44)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (31st January 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:44)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:43)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

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Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




downloads
Live Version (26th January 2014) (4:44)
Recorded: Palladium, Riga, Latvia
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (27th January 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (29th January 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Circus, Stockholm, Sweden
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (30th January 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (31st January 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (3rd February 2014) (4:52)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (4th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Docks, Hamburg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (5th February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Jovel Music Hall, Munster, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (7th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Bremerhaven, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (8th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Sparkassen Arena, Aurich, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (9th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Ringlokschuppen, Bielefeld, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (11th February 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (12th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Europahalle, Trier, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (14th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Palladium, Köln, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (15th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Konzerthalle, Olsberg, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (16th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Capitol, Hannover, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (18th February 2014) (4:44)
Recorded: Phönixhalle, Mainz, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (20th February 2014) (4:43)
Recorded: Werfhalle, Göppingen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (21st February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Fürth, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (23rd February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Stadthalle, Singen, Germany
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (25th February 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (26th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Festhalle, Berne, Switzerland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (28th February 2014) (4:46)
Recorded: Incheba Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (1st March 2014) (4:47)
Recorded: Sala Ziemi, Poznan, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB

Live Version (2nd March 2014) (4:45)
Recorded: Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
Mixed By Bleecker Street

Simple Minds Live Generic USB




videography
DJ Version Edit (4:51)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

Glittering Prize 81/92 video

DJ Version (5:05)
Produced by: Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn
Engineers: Heff Moraes, Robin Hancock
Assistant Engineers: Danton Supple, Martin Plant

This Is Your Land promo video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD

Instrumental Edit (2:59)
Producer: Stephen Lipson

Verona Promo Video Verona Video Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona Promo DVD Seen The Lights - Live In Verona DVD Gift Pack - Limited Edition 2xCD 1xDVD Gift Pack - 2xCD 1xDVD




live history
Street Fighting Years Tour: 1989
Germany: 1990
The Floating World Tour: 2002
Greatest Hits +: 2013
Greatest Hits + European Tour: 2014