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PostPosted: Sat December 9th, 2017, 20:38 GMT 

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This land is your land, this land is my land
From the 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
And saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me

I 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 comes shining, then I was strolling
In the wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me

This land is your land and this land is my land
From the California to the New York island
From the Redwood Forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling
In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling
The voice come chanting as the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me

I watched No Direction Home again last evening and Bob's version brought tears to my eyes.


"This Land Is Your Land" wasn't released by Folkways until 1951, but the song was originally written in February 1940, when Woody Guthrie first arrived in New York City from Oklahoma. Guthrie had a keen ear for the recordings of Virginia's Carter Family, and he was not afraid to borrow. A 1930 gospel recording, "When the World's on Fire," sung by the Carters, must have provided the tune for what would become "This Land Is Your Land." "He tended to write words first, and later on picked out a tune," Pete Seeger says. "Woody once said, 'When I'm writing a song and I get the words, I look around for some tune that has proved its popularity with the people.'"

Arlo Guthrie tells a story in concerts, of his mother returning from a dance tour of China, and reporting around the Guthrie family dinner table that at one point in the tour she was serenaded by Chinese children singing the song. Arlo says Woody was incredulous: "The Chinese? Singing "This land is your land, this land is my land? From California to the New York island?"

It's our alternative national anthem.

Woody Guthrie
https://youtu.be/wxiMrvDbq3s

Peter Paul & Mary
https://youtu.be/ks7SY2V73oY
Sharon Jones
https://youtu.be/1ifbleDsSsI

Obama's Inaugaruation (Pete Seeger & Bruce Springsteen)
https://youtu.be/wnvCPQqQWds

Bob's version, performed when he was young man, performed it at Carnegie Hall with a solemn melancholy. It's such a heartbreaking rendition.
Here's that version performed 6 months earlier at Bonnie Beecher's home:
https://youtu.be/pdRQpOz1CDE

Anyone else have any great renditions that I haven't heard before??


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PostPosted: Sat December 9th, 2017, 20:46 GMT 

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Since YouTube doesn't have a version in the original Klingon, here's one in Russian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWcdvyuSOFQ

And one in Canadian.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trNCBMKvHcs


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PostPosted: Thu December 28th, 2017, 03:58 GMT 
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I heard that woody would wright all night on a type writer so that there were papers all over his floor. Sleep on his floor in the early dawn and then the next day he would pick up his paper's and make something of it. Anyways it's so strange because if you listen to songs like dust bowl blues, do Re me, or hard traveling, his lyrics sound like he is deep in a thought or like almost reaching a breakthrough because he almost like rambles... whatever is on his mind... and somehow his twangy melodies end up pulling it together. Sometimes they rhyme and sometimes they don't but even though this is a Dylan forum it is a treat to be able to listen to him. I know he had health issues and I think died from that and huntingtons disease, he was really something I know he also said "i hate a song that makes you feel like your not any good" pretty cool stuff it's also is cool Bob played a version of this : )


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PostPosted: Thu December 28th, 2017, 06:51 GMT 
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A truly great song!
One of my favorite versions is Buce Springsteens performance from the Live 1975-85 box set.


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PostPosted: Thu December 28th, 2017, 18:48 GMT 
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Oakshallis wrote:
I heard that woody would wright all night on a type writer so that there were papers all over his floor. Sleep on his floor in the early dawn and then the next day he would pick up his paper's and make something of it. Anyways it's so strange because if you listen to songs like dust bowl blues, do Re me, or hard traveling, his lyrics sound like he is deep in a thought or like almost reaching a breakthrough because he almost like rambles... whatever is on his mind...


Some of Guthrie's unpublished writings are supposed to be really rambling, nigh incomprehensible at times. Perhaps it was alcohol or the effects of the Huntington's, or just the way he worked through his thought processes, I don't know, haven't pored over them myself.


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