This Land Is Your Land
Pete Seeger (Children's) Lyrics


This land is your land, this land is my land
From [the] California to the [Staten] New York Island,
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters,
[God blessed America for me.]
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
And saw above me that endless skyway,
And saw below me the golden valley, I said:
[God blessed America for me.]

I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,
And all around me , a voice was sounding:
[God blessed America for me.]

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn't say nothing
[God blessed America for me.]

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling
In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling;
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting:
[God blessed America for me.]

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if
[God blessed America for me.]

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Gary Ha

Unclear and a false characterization of the point. He might be talking Ben Carson now, everyone simply look around and you'll see success and plenty of blacks talking about the principles working to bring them success and each one of them pointing out that the victimhood groupthink mentality dems are selling is poison that holds people back. I mentioned Candace, she articulates that well.
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drmarx48

Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me,
Was a great big sign that said, "Private Property,"
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

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



Eddie Turney

Thanks comrade. As Brecht wrote:

There are men who struggle for a day and they are good.
There are men who struggle for a year and they are better.
There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still.
But there are those who struggle all their lives:
These are the indispensable ones.

Thanks Petw and Woody.



Stan Chaz

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

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.



Noah Hurley-Abelew

It'd help your cause if you used the language and grammar correctly. Btw - they didn't name themselves Indians.

It's also insanely ignorant to look at the history of humanity and decide that it started for the folks here after 1620 or so. They had history before 1620. As does the world.

I find myself at 'interesting' places; I point out to people that the Natives have had it the hardest and worst in the U.S. And get berated by black people who say African-Americans have had it the worst here. Intelligent, educated people.

It's important to recognize that the natives here had a long history. Full of violence, no different than any human population. The history of the European 'tribes' who settled here have a LONG history of evil towards one another.

Between my Irish, Scottish and English ancestry I can't imagine the possibilities of what they did to each other.

Random - I'm up in the Northeast, so I do appreciate the early cooperation between the natives and settlers.



kovesp1

@binarystar21 They would use this alternative verse:


This land is your land, but it once was my land,

Until we sold you Manhattan Island.
You pushed our Nations to the reservations;
This land was stole by you from me.



I also didn't seem to hear this verse from Woody's original:


Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me,
Was a great big sign that said, "Private Property,"
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.



Nor two verses written by Pete:


Maybe you've been working as hard as you're able,
But you've just got crumbs from the rich man's table,
And maybe you're thinking, was it truth or fable,
That this land was made for you and me.

Woodland and grassland and river shoreline,
To everything living, even little microbes,
Fin, fur, and feather, we're all here together,
This land was made for you and me.



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Douglas Daniel

I love how Pete slipped in the radical verses that get left out of most versions of the song. This is a great American song not because it sings the praises of the country and the people, but because in its full version it has the guts to call a spade a spade and tell us we're not all the way there yet.

James Svihra

Seeger was a card carrying member of the CP-USA. Nothing new for his generation if you know lefty politics, but most left when the horrors of Stalin became known. He never made a serious renunciation of Stalin. The story of him trying to cut Dylan's power line with an ax when he went electric at Newport is well known. Not as well known was the criticism by Party leaders that ordinary working class people were not attracted to his music and its message.. And guess who won a Noble Prize and whose lyrics captured a whole generation?

Peter Cosgrove

Thomas Watts, and you are only semi literate. He a what ?

Robert Lytle

@Thomas Watts Pete Seeger was a man who believed that all people should share the world, not just the rich and priviliged. He served our country in WWII so I sincerely doubt he supported any other country over the USA. Of course during the Red Scare of the 50's he was brought up before the House Unamerican Committee and Senator Woods. If I was him I would have told Woods I served in WWII. How dare the HUAC question my patriotism. Of course in this country some of the most patriotic Americans did their best to never serve themselves. USMC1969-1971

Stefan Kassza

Very much so - it challenges many corporate norms we now accept as "normal." Now more than ever, this song, in its full version, should be learned and discussed in public school classrooms.

Carol Budinger

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Christopher Fynn

"A great high wall there tried to stop me
A great big sign there said: 'Private Property'
But on the other side it didn't say nothing.
That side was made for you and me."

w900L

@Person McPersonface Didn’t stop him from owning some did it? This is what I’m getting at.

Person McPersonface

@w900L Well Pete was a communist so he didn't really think private property should exist

Vance Hawkins

Woody Guthrie wrote that 80 years ago, and it is still relevant, as are many of his songs.

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