Interesting information on This Land is Your Land.


Never having seen the written lyrics of this song and only having heard the "acceptable" part I found the lost/non-sung verses interesting.

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Elmer J Fudd

Many know of these verses, folk music enthusiasts in general and others who were familiar because of the political messages many contain. I've long enjoyed (and also performed) folk songs, those done by performers like the Weavers, Guthrie, Seeger and others through the folk revival of the 50s-early 60s.

Anyhow, Wikipedia has some variants to add:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
This land was made for you and me.[7] has a variant:[8]

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

It also has a verse:[8]

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land 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?

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Elmer J Fudd

Guthrie was a supporter of labor organizing and other labor movements and was a patriotic but very left-leaning activist of his time. His guitars usually had the message as you see in this image of him.

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laceyvail 6A, WV

Yes, I knew about the "unsung" verses. Even more important now. This land belongs to you and me. Not just a few at the top.

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Love Guthrie's words. I often think of the masses yearning to breathe free in the midst of the immigrant turmoil. I always pictured Lady Liberty holding and protecting those who were hurting, at least symbolically, in my mind. I am interested in reform, not refusal. This land belongs to us all. The American Dream is for a chance at a better life. And there are some who need our protection. They're getting trampled out of fear. C'mon America! We're strong enough to protect the hurting.

"The most recognizable phrase associated with the Statue of Liberty is 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.' In the impactful illustration by Peter Brookes above, Trump is seen manipulating the symbol of all that America stands for, ordering the statue of liberty to scratch out the quotes engraved on a plaque on its inside pedestal, to send a powerful message: Don’t send us your tired, poor, and huddled masses yearning to breathe free; America will leave the wretched refuse of your teeming shore to suffer alone" -

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laceyvail 6A, WV

Oh, thank you for the link rob333. It's very powerful.

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