Willie Nelson, ‘Living in the Promiseland’

Willie Nelson sang this song on Wednesday, after he was presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song by the Library of Congress, in Washington DC.

“I recorded this song a while back, and it seems like it might be a good time to bring it back again.”

Give us your tired and weak
And we will make them strong
Bring us your foreign songs
And we will sing along

Leave us your broken dreams
We’ll give them time to mend
There’s still a lot of love
Living in the Promisedland

Living in the Promisedland
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels

There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promiseland

So they came from a distant isle
Nameless woman
Faithless child like a bad dream
Until there was no room at all
No place to run, and no place to fall

Give us our daily bread
We have no shoes to wear
No place to call our home
Only this cross to bear

We are the multitudes
Lend us a helping hand
Is there no love anymore
Living in the Promiseland

Living in the Promiseland
Our dreams are made of steel
The prayer of every man
Is to know how freedom feels

There is a winding road
Across the shifting sand
And room for everyone
Living in the Promiseland

“Living in the Promiseland” is track #37 on the album The Essential Willie Nelson.

It was written by Paul Madeira; Jimmy Dorsey.

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