This Land Is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie in 1940.


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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 sun came shining
As I was strolling,
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 walkin'
I saw a sign there,
And that sign said
'No Trespassin';
But on the other side,
It didn't say nothin,
That side was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city,
In the shadow of a steeple,
By the relief office,
I'd seen my people;
As they stood there hungry,
I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me.

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




Historical Note:

"This Land Is Your Land" is one of the United States most famous folk songs.  Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent.  Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he wrote a response originally called "God Blessed America for Me."




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