Letter from America

The Proclaimers

About Letter from America

"Letter From America" is a song written and performed by Scottish band The Proclaimers, that appears on their 1987 debut album, This Is the Story.


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2005
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When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Well broke off from my work the other day
Spent the evening thinking about all the blood that flowed away
Across the ocean to the second chance
I wonder how it go on when it reached the promised land

When you go will send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

I've looked at the ocean tried hard to imagine
The way you felt the day you sailed from Wester Ross to Nova Scotia
We should have held you, we should have told you
But you know our sense of timing we always wait too long

When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more
Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more
Lochaber no more, Sutherland no more
Lewis no more, Skye no more

I wonder my blood will you ever return
To help us kick the life back to a dying mutual friend?
Do we not love her I think we all tell you about
Do we have to roam the world to prove how much it hurts?

When you go will you send back a letter from America?
Take a look up the rail track from Miami to Canada

Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more
Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more

Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Irvine no more
Bathgate no more, Linwood no more
Methil no more, Lochaber no more

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The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers are a Scottish duo composed of identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. They are best known for the songs "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", "I'm On My Way" and "Letter from America". The band tours extensively throughout Europe and other continents. They have released nine studio albums from 1987 until the present, as well as two compilation albums and a DVD. more »

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Written by: CHARLES STOBO REID, CRAIG MORRIS REID

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12 facts about this song

Origin
"Letter From America" is a song by The Proclaimers, a Scottish duo composed of twins Charlie and Craig Reid.
Release
The track was released in November 1987 as the leading single from their debut album "This Is the Story".
Chart Performance
It peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, making it one of their biggest hits.
Theme
The song addresses the decline of Scotland's industries and the resulting emigration of its workforce, drawing a parallel to the Highland Clearances.
Musical Style
Known for their strong Scottish accents, The Proclaimers blend elements of punk rock, folk, and country music in "Letter From America".
Popular Culture
This song has been featured in the BBC drama series "Monarch of the Glen".
Live Performances
The Proclaimers often close their live shows with "Letter From America", showing its ongoing resonance with their fan base.
Acoustic Version
The album originally debuted with an acoustic version of "Letter From America", while a full band rendition was released as a single.
Lyrics
The lyrics mention several cities from Scotland and North America drawing a comparison to the displacement of Scottish people in both places.
Impact
The song helped to raise The Proclaimers' profile, and it remains one of their most enduring and best-known songs.
Iconic Trio
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", "Sunshine on Leith" and "Letter from America" are often considered to be the most successful trio of songs by The Proclaimers.
Social Commentary
Through "Letter from America", The Proclaimers commented on the socio-political scenario of their time, which led to its commercial success.

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