"Share The Land" as written by and Burton Cummings....
Have you been around
Have you done your share of comin' down
On different things that people do
Have you been aware
You got brothers and sisters who care
About what's gonna happen to you in a year from now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
I'm talkin' 'bout together now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
I'm talkin' 'bout together now

Did you pay your dues
Did you read the news
This mornin' when the paper landed in your yard
Do you know their names
Can you play their games
Without losin' track and comin' down a bit too hard
Oh

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
I'm talkin' 'bout together now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
I'm talkin' 'bout together now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
I'm talkin' 'bout together now

Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
Maybe I'll be there to share the land
That they'll be givin' away
When we all live together
Together, together

(Shake your hand) you know I'll be standin' by
(Share the land) to help you if you're worried
(Shake your hand) no more sadness, no more sorrow
(Share the land) and no more bad times
(Shake your hand) every day comin' sunshine
(Share the land) every day everybody laughin'
(Shake your hand) walkin' together by the river
(Share the land) walkin' together and laughin'
(Shake your hand) everybody singin' together
(Share the land) everybody singin' and laughin'
(Shake your hand) good times, good times
(Share the land) everybody walkin' by the river now
(Shake your hand) walkin', singin', talkin'
(Share the land) smilin', laughin', diggin' each other

(Shake your hand) everybody happy together
(Share the land) I'll be there, don't worry, if you're needin' me
(Shake your hand) call on me, call on me
(Share the land) call my name, I'll be runnin' to help you
(Shake your hand) everybody walkin' by the river now
(Share the land) everybody, everybody laughin'
(Shake your hand) everybody singin' and talkin'


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"Share the Land" as written by Burton Cummings

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  • +2
    Song MeaningRandy Bachman from the Guess Who said that song was more of a goof on the hippie movement. Communal living, "tune in, turn on and drop out" mentality of the early 1970's was great in theory but doesn't necessarily make one a productive member of society. So when he is saying "maybe..." it probably means just that. In reality, no one was going to share their land or give it away. it was more of an ideal of the time. The hippies mostly became yuppies when they figured out that wanting a better quality life than "Peace, Love, Dope, Right On and Power to the People" was producing. So Burton Cummings realized that if all the things the 1960's flower children were wanting comes true... he might "drink the koolaid" and buy into the lifestyle. Until then - show me da money!
    drlinguson July 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentHave you been around
    Have you done your share o' comin' down
    On different things that people do
    Have you been aware
    You got brothers and sisters who care
    About what's gonna happen to you in a year from now

    Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now

    Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now

    ------ Lead Guitar ------

    Did you pay your dues
    Did you read the news
    This mornin' when the paper landed in your yard
    Do you know their names
    Can you play their games
    Without losin' track and comin' down a bit too hard
    Oh!




    Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now

    Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now

    ------ Lead Guitar Solo ------

    Mmm, maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now

    Maybe I'll be there to shake your hand
    Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    Together, together

    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    You know I'll be standin' by to help you if you're worried
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    No more sadness, no more sorrow, and no more bad times
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Every day comin' sunshine, every day everybody laughin'
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Walkin' together by the river, walkin' together and laughin'
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Everybody singin' together, everybody singin' and laughin'
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Good times, good times, everybody walkin' by the river now
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Walkin', singin', talkin', smilin', laughin', diggin' each other
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Everybody happy together, I'll be there, don't worry, if you're needin' me
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Call on me, call on me, call my name, I'll be runnin' to help you
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Everybody walkin' by the river now, everybody, everybody laughin'
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    Everybody singin' and talkin', smilin', laughin', diggin' each other
    (Shake your hand, share the land)
    heyheyitsbrenton November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes a good song...and finally one with comments:D
    dwfp99on February 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome chorus!
    I love this song!
    MookieBomberon September 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard somewhere this song was about drugs (it is a psychedelic era song), but I can only see this in the last part of the song. Anybody know for sure?
    guess|whoon August 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy history teacher told us that this song was banned in America during the "red scare" because it promotes communism. Indeed, it does:

    "Maybe I'll be there to share the land
    That they'll be givin' away
    When we all live together
    I'm talkin' 'bout together now..."

    Giving away land when we all live together...hm...

    In any case hooray for Canadian rock bands!!!!!
    Canadian_Baconon January 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentholy jesus the absolute best concert song! its so easy to get into the music, and everyone is into it! OH! so good!
    agillanon August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomeone was studying with Jehovah's Witnesses. Probably Burton. He was lost and searching in those years. "Walkin' down by the river" is a clear reference to Revelations= 22:1,2.
    donutbanditon October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentobviously about commune lifestyle. the singer hopes that at some time in the future, everybody will live together - everybody will care about each other (what happens to you in a year from now) and give land away free, without possesion or private property: the hippie dream. he says MAYBE he'll be there because he isn't sure how long this transformation of society will take.
    great soulful song.
    AndreAndreon January 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that this song may just be simply about a new world where there is no celebrity status or social and other boundries and everyone has the opportunity to live their fullest life possible. I don't believe it is meant to be taken as a "commune" , but maybe more as "Community" Just that everyone in this world will have access to having a piece and place in the universe without someone telling them they don't have the right because of some judgement of them by other people or government. Lots of metaphors and imagery in songs.
    waves5on May 02, 2010   Link

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