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This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood 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.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And 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 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.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I 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 ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.



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    UnregisteredJul 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm
    Always thought of this as a nice, jingoist, patriotic hymn until i was somewhere over 60 and finally heard the last three verses (that are almost always omitted from performances). Now these last three verses reveal hidden meanings in the rest of the song that i did not perceive before. Read for yourself those "lost" verses and than go back and read the rest of the lyrics for an awakening.
    Much more in tune with what woodie stood for, in my mind.
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    UnregisteredFeb 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    This land as in this world, we the people need take care of her our land set aside our believes and enjoy our heritages, and respect those of others, enjoy the gift of learning don't kill something or lock it up because you don't understand it or It's meaning, their is so much beauty in this world and It's people, but most of us are afraid of what is not a mirror image of our self's we reject it, what a shame it's too, we have lost our true compassion for humanity. Lost the right to walk down to a beautiful beach front or creek to just cool off, as an American I'm not sure what to stand for anymore it use to be Freedom now there are signs everywhere do not enter, private and if you want to help others you fear of getting in trouble yourself, in America nothing is free., It all comes with a cost. Owning your land It's not yours the government owns it we pay every year to work we have to pay taxes. This song use to mean something, anymore It's a faded memory or distant dream, Life back when. Money has changed this world. When all we really need god gave us in this land and his people to learn from each other. Living in peace, no matter who you pray to. Amen.
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    UnregisteredJan 9, 2014 at 12:28 am
    Woody loved his country but not everything that his country allowed. Woody, like most all of us was no angel, but he was very sharp at pointing out what was wrong and what was right as well. The last three verses of the song were lived by him just as were the opening verses. He was a believer in Christ and did not understand that a country with so much to give and share was controlled so tightly by the almighty dollar. For those who try to point out that he tried to join the Communist party, remember, they he was not allowed to join due to the fact that he refused to denounce his Christian beliefs. He believed in a socially just world, not just handouts but a chance for all to live free and to make a decent living by the fruits of their labor. He also was a wonderful writer of children's songs, very funny songs that make you laugh and can make you remember the joy of those younger years.
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    UnregisteredJan 10, 2012 at 11:52 am
    Im a nigerian i listened to this song for the first time in a christmas movie "luck of the iris" i felt the passion that woody guthrie felt. Although as a music writter im to feel the passion in songs but this was diff. Im not an american but i used this song to develop love for my country nigeria...
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    UnregisteredOct 28, 2013 at 2:38 am
    This is a protest song against the "okies" treatment in mainly ca during dust bowl. He sings a ton of songs about that issue. I too was surprised to learn that it was a protest song. It reminded me of how "born in the usa" is thought to be patriotic but also a protest song.

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