This Land Is Your Land
By: Woody Guthrie
There are many fold songs that go unheard. But when you go back to the roots of folk music, there is one that most every American recognizes. "This Land Is Your Land" has been a staple of Americana for nearly 75 years.
The lyrics start off by giving a visual image of the vastness of America. It mentions California and the New York Island which focuses on the widest breadth of the country. Then it mentions the Redwood Forest (Which is also in California), and the Gulf Stream waters which are two easily recognizable features that are unique to America. While reminding the listener in the first line that this land is both theirs and his, and in the last line of the chorus that the land was not only theirs but it was made for them.
In the first verse, Woody begins to depict what he sees as he walks down the highway. He sees an endless sky above him, a golden valley below him. Then he again reiterates that this land was made for everyone.
He continues this portrait in the second verse by stating that he has roamed and rambled to this country's sandy deserts. While he was there her could hear voices saying that this land was made for everyone. So all throughout the land he can't help but think that this land belongs to everyone; that it was made for us to work and live on.
In the third verse, Woody is walking through wheat fields while dust clouds are rolling. The fog is starting to lift as the sun comes up and again, this pristine moment just yells that this land was made for everyone. Then he repeats the chorus which brings back into mind the vastness of this country and how radical the land changes.
This is the song we have all heard, and most of us have sang for some sort of celebration during our elementary school years. But recently it has been found that the original recording of the song has three verses that have been omitted from the popular recording.
The first verse that was omitted speaks of a big...
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