Everyone has been exposed and.or sang this song about the exceptionalism of America……it was written and sung originally by Woodie Guthrie……
But this song is not what you think it is……(Yep history lesson coming)……
Few songs are more ingrained in the American psyche than “This Land Is Your Land,” the greatest and best-known work by folk icon Woody Guthrie. For decades, it’s been a staple of kindergarten classrooms “from California to the New York island,” as the lyrics go. It’s the musical equivalent of apple pie, though the flavor varies wildly depending on who’s doing the singing.
On its most basic level, “This Land Is Your Land” is a song about inclusion and equality—the American ideal broken down into simple, eloquent language and set to a melody you memorize on first listen. The underlying message, repeated throughout the song, makes the heart swell: “This land was made for you and me.”
But there’s more to “This Land Is Your Land” than many people realize—two verses more, in fact. Guthrie’s original 1940 draft of the song contains six verses, two of which carry progressive political messages that add nuance to the song’s overt patriotism. These controversial verses are generally omitted from children’s songbooks and the like, but they speak volumes about Guthrie’s mindset when he put pen to paper 80 years ago.
As you see this was not some chest thumping tune of patriotism or nationalism….it was about the inequalities in American society……and most remain to this very day….
Have A Day….
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“lego ergo scribo”
6 thoughts on “‘This Land Is Your Land’”
Woody was a protest singer of his day, and an inspiration for Bob Dylan to do the same later.
Best wishes, Pete.
Woody was also a strong support of the early labor movement……someone I look up to…..chuq
If Trump gets elected in 2024 those inequalities will grow even bigger than they have ever been.
True that chuq
Woody was a distant cousin of mine and I loved the slogan on his guitar
Me too…..advice that needs action chuq