Guthrie's folk-singing son, Arlo Guthrie , and Pete Seeger have both made a point of singing the more radical verses to "This Land Is Your Land," also reviving another verse that Guthrie wrote but never officially recorded.
This verse was scribbled on a sheet of loose-leaf paper now in the possession of daughter Nora's Woody Guthrie Archives. Nora Guthrie says she has an idea why these words may not have been recorded at the session — and why the 'private property' verse that was recorded was not issued. Joseph] McCarthy's out there, and it was considered dangerous in many ways to record this kind of material," she says. Like most of the things, if we're talking about my dad, it gets very complex here.
So I think, you know, The Weavers originally just recorded the first three verses — which, in one way, was very, very helpful to my dad, because we had no money. Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August Friday 21 August Saturday 22 August Sunday 23 August Monday 24 August Tuesday 25 August Wednesday 26 August Thursday 27 August Friday 28 August Saturday 29 August Sunday 30 August Monday 31 August Tuesday 1 September Wednesday 2 September Thursday 3 September Friday 4 September Saturday 5 September Sunday 6 September Monday 7 September Tuesday 8 September Wednesday 9 September Thursday 10 September Friday 11 September Saturday 12 September Sunday 13 September Monday 14 September Tuesday 15 September Wednesday 16 September Thursday 17 September Friday 18 September Saturday 19 September Sunday 20 September Chicago Tribune.
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Kate Smith's version of Irving Berlin 's "God Bless America" was on jukeboxes and radio everywhere during Guthrie's journey across the country. He, apparently, hated it. He had seen a lot of the United States by then, from the prairies to the forests to the big cities. In his eyes, America was beautiful, but it was in trouble: He'd seen Dust Bowl refugees fighting for their lives and working people "living like rats," as he put it. He originally called his song "God Blessed America" — as in, past tense.
In one verse that rarely gets performed, he bristles at a "private property" sign. The left-leaning politics of "This Land Is Your Land" are most likely lost on the millions of kids who have been learning the song for decades now. 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 was 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.
The sixth and final verse in the original manuscript references the poor folks Guthrie saw living on government assistance during the Great Depression:. One 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 God blessed America for me? When Guthrie first recorded the song in , he included the verse about private property but left out the one about the relief office.
That original recording was lost until the '90s, however, so for years, all anyone knew was the version Guthrie recorded for 's Songs to Grow On. Guthrie's rendition on that album features neither the "no trespassing" verse nor the one about the relief office, which he never actually recorded. It's unclear why the recording with the "private property" verse was never released, or why Guthrie edited out the radical stuff for the version.
He also chopped out both controversial verses when he first published the lyrics in the pamphlet Ten of Woody Guthrie's Songs. It may have had something to do with the mounting anti-communist furor that would lead to the Red Scare of the late '40s and early '50s. As a pro-union communist sympathizer, Guthrie and his fellow rabble-rousing folky buddy Pete Seeger had already faced industry blacklisting in the early '40s. That was by design.
In the early '50s, famed American folklorist Alan Lomax came up with a nifty plan for preserving the nation's musical heritage. He approached legendary music publisher Howie Richmond with the idea of including rural folk songs—the kind he'd been documenting for the Library of Congress—in school music textbooks. That's how "This Land Is Your Land" went viral and became nearly as ubiquitous as the national anthem, even without the radio play and jukebox real estate of Smith's "God Bless America.
Following Guthrie's death in , artists like Seeger continued performing the "lost verses," lest people forget the anger that inspired the song.
But regardless of Guthrie's intentions, "This Land Is Your Land" has come to mean different things to different people.Fight the patrols, Sneak into forts and settlements, Explore the beautiful world, Craft weapons and medicine, Hunt animals, Lead your loyal companions to victory. One of the best early access launches of - This Land is My Land will let you experience the journey of a chief of a small Native American tribe resisting the changing world.7/10().