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America live in 1974.
"Tin Man" is the title of a 1974 song by the pop-rock band America. It was written by band member Dewey Bunnell and produced by the noted record producer George Martin, who also plays the piano part on the recorded version. The song was included on the band's album Holiday, also from 1974.
Released as the first single from Holiday, "Tin Man" became the band's fourth top-ten hit in the US, spending three weeks at number four on the Billboard pop chart in November 1974. The song reached number one on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in October of that year.
The song's title and some of the lyrics reference the Tin Woodman from the works of author L. Frank Baum, including his children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the subsequent 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
Songwriter Bunnell was quoted describing the parallel: "My favorite movie, I guess. I always loved it as a kid. Very obscure lyrics. Great grammar - 'Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man.' It's sort of a poetic license".