The song originally featured on 1968 studio album 'Bookends'
First Aid Kit performed their cover of Simon and Garfunkel‘s ‘America’ on US late-night show The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (May 7).
The duo will released the track as a ten-inch single for Record Store Day Black Friday last November. Performing on The Last Show, host David Letterman revealed that he used to sing the song to his son when he was younger to help him sleep. Watch First Aid Kit’s performance below.
Speaking about the cover previously, First Aid Kit said, “The structure of the song and the melody just make for an epic journey. The lyrics are like a poem, without a single rhyme. It contains some of our favorite lines, like, ‘Toss me a cigarette I think there’s one in my raincoat.'”
First Aid Kit’s third LP ‘Stay Gold’ was released last year. The follow-up to their acclaimed 2012 album ‘The Lion’s Roar’, it was produced by Mike Mogis and features the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and arrangements from Bright Eyes band member Nate Walcott.
Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg toured the UK during January, playing dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff and other major cities.