"This Land Is Your Land" as written by and Woody Guthrie....
This land is your land, this land is my land
From [the] California to the [Staten] New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
[God blessed America for me.]
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
And saw above me that endless skyway,
And saw below me the golden valley, I said:
[God blessed America for me.]

I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
And all around me , a voice was sounding:
[God blessed America for me.]

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing
[God blessed America for me.]

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling
In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling;
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting:
[God blessed America for me.]

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
[God blessed America for me.]


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"This Land Is Your Land" as written by Woody Guthrie

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    General Commentrlantelope, wat the hell are u talkin about, this was written in response to god bless america, its an anti god bless america, and its missin a bunch a verses
    rockerdude614on March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf I remember right it's actually a Communist Manifesto.
    perfectlemuron March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentrlantelope has been drinking.
    plaincl0thesmanon July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIndeed, its a communist anthem. I presume its written with "you" being a rich man, possibly making money from the poor, its pointing out how America is not just for the rich and fortunate, but also for the poor and un-lucky.
    Thesmellyoneon September 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty funny to me how me and everyone else I know has been taught this in school, despite its meaning. Ignorance is funny...
    Squevenon March 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"ignorance is funny" that's why rlantelope was born. and is still breathing today. we need to thin the herds, people.
    poetic_fireon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwoody guthrie's original version was titled "god blessed america for me"
    murderbicycleon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the posted version is messed up. Maybe he sang it that way a couple of times, but it's definitely not the standard way.

    Freddy got most of it there. One verse that is usually left out goes:

    On a bright sunny morning, in the shadow of the steeple
    By the relief office, I saw my people
    As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering if
    This land was made for you and me.

    Kind of packs more of a punch than the "Yay America" version people tend to think this song is.

    Also, Woody wrote the song because he was sick of hearing some lady )I don't remember her name) singing God Bless America on the radio. This song was originally titled "God Blessed America For Me." Those words can still be sung instead of "this land was made for you and me."

    "I ain't a Communists necessarily, but I have been in the red all my life." -Woody Guthrie.
    Nick the Bastardon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe version posted here was a version Woody recorded later in his life. Both are valid Woody versions of the song.
    Fypaston September 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo my shame I've never heard the extra verses! I've only ever read them. All the versions I download are the self-abridged, later version that's listed here. Nevertheless, I like that version just as much. I love the subtleness of the lyrics, that make people (like rlantelope) confuse it for a patriotic song - it makes it all the more ironic and enjoyable for those who recognise it's true meaning. I think Communist Manifesto is pushing it a bit.. it's a natural reaction to the social conditions in the time it was written.
    When reading stories of how people mistake, and even praise it as a 'God Bless America' song, I'm always reminded about how Catholic churches would sometimes play The Beatles song 'Mother Mary', when there were so many people who thought it was about drugs (don't bother arguing that it's not, because I'm not arguing that it is).
    dongiovannion March 11, 2007   Link

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