from the archives: “This Land is Your Land”

Inspired by my wife, Wrenn, I wrote the following a year ago today on Facebook. Still holds true, more’s the pity.

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Arlo Guthrie has said in concerts about his father Woody Guthrie’s songs that on the one hand, it’s amazing that decades later, his songs still resonate and are important, so long after he wrote them and after Woody died. On the other hand, it’s really too bad that the world still sucks.

Here’s his father’s best-known song, one we need to remember. Especially the last three verses:

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
by Woody Guthrie
1956

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway;
I saw below me that golden valley;
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving, and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple, I saw my people.
By the relief office I seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land really made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway.
Nobody living can ever make me turn back.
This land was made for you and me.

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