Share the Land

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This article is about The Guess Who album. For their 1970 song, see Share the Land (song).
Share the Land
Share the Land by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released 5 October 1970
Recorded 1970 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois
Length 33:48
Label RCA Victor 4359
Buddha (re-release)
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
American Woman
Share the Land
The Best of The Guess Who
Singles from Share the Land
  1. "Hand Me Down World"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Share the Land"/"Bus Rider"
    Released: 1970
  3. "Hang on to Your Life"
    Released: 1970

Share the Land is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who. After the departure of Randy Bachman, the band brought in two guitarists, Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw.

First released on CD by RCA in 1994, [1] Share the Land was remastered and released on CD by Buddha Records in 2000, including two bonus tracks from post-American Woman sessions featuring Bachman, previously released on the 1976 collection As They Were. In 2016, the album was again remastered, this time by Vic Anesini on Iconoclassic Records, including bonus tracks from the time period of the album’s initial release.[2][3]

About the album[edit]

Share The Land contains the songs "Hand Me Down World", "Bus Rider", "Share the Land", "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?", and an edited single version of "Hang Onto Your Life" (without the Psalm 22 excerpt that closes the album version), which make up an entire side of the 1971 greatest hits compilation, The Best of The Guess Who. The album's music primarily consists rock anthems, blues and hard rock.[4][5]

"Hang on to Your Life" was written by Cummings supposedly after a bad case of sunburn, but many people believe it was written after a bad acid trip. It is an anti-drug song, and was used on commercials to promote stopping the usage of heavy drugs. At the end of the song, Psalm 22:14–15 is quoted which anticipates the crucifixion of Jesus. Hand Me Down World and Bus Rider were from Winter's band Brother, but The Guess Who recorded them before Brother had ever been into a studio.

When asked how the band knew the Indian on the album's cover, they replied, "central casting".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+[6]

Original track listing[edit]

All songs written by Burton Cummings/Kurt Winter except as noted.

  1. "Bus Rider" (Winter) – 2:57
  2. "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?" – 3:55
  3. "Hand Me Down World" (Winter) – 3:26
  4. "Moan For You Joe" – 2:39
  5. "Share the Land" (Cummings) – 3:53
  6. "Hang on to Your Life" – 4:09
  7. "Coming Down Off the Money Bag"/"Song of the Dog" (featuring Greg Leskiw) (Leskiw, Cummings) – 3:54
  8. "Three More Days" – 8:55

2000 Buddha re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  • 9."Palmyra" (Bachman, Cummings) – 5:44
  • 10."The Answer" (Bachman, Cummings) – 4:05

2016 Iconoclassic re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  • 9."Runnin' Down The Street" (B-side Of Hand Me Down World)– 4:20
  • 10. "Hang On To Your Life" (Single Version)– 3:25
  • 11. "Moan For You Joe" (Take 3)– 2:24


The Guess Who[edit]




Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200 14


Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Hand Me Down World" Canada 10
Australia 65
Billboard Hot 100 17
"Share the Land" Canada 2
Australia 63
Billboard Hot 100 10
1971 "Bus Rider" Australia 63
"Hang on to Your Life" Canada 5
Billboard Hot 100 43