Independence Day Art & Literature Jam, day 3

Today we offer a nod to the music of America by paying tribute to our past and to our future. First, Woody Guthrie reminds us: this land is your land, too.

By 2042, whites of European descent will no longer comprise a majority in the US. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the melting pot with Los Lobos and “One Time One Night.” Woody would have loved this band and this song.

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

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  1. Dangit–you beat me to it!

    Here’s a great “This Land” mash-up:

    We sang the “safe” verses in elementary school and I learned to love this song. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered the verses we weren’t allowed to sing:

    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 redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
    This land was made for you and me

    As I was walking a ribbon of highway
    I saw above me an endless skyway
    I saw below me a golden valley
    This land was made for you and me


    I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve 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 comes shining as I was strolling
    The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
    The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
    This land was made for you and me


    As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
    And that sign said – no tress passin’
    But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
    Now that side was made for you and me!


    In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple
    Near the relief office – I see my people
    And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
    If this land’s still made for you and me.

    Chorus (2x)