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Original Lyrics for "This Land Is Your Land"

Posted by libhom Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Here are the original lyrics in their entirety. Portions that are usually censored are in red.

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.

So much of our nation's history has been censored by corporate and wealthy interests.



  1. Rose Says:
  2. Thanks for posting this. I had no idea!

  3. That song should be our national anthem.

  4. GDAEman Says:
  5. Naww... they wouldn't do that, would they?

  6. JayV Says:
  7. Yeah, I believe those are the lyrics Seeger and co. sang as the closing number of the pre-inauguration extravaganza.

  8. Mauigirl Says:
  9. The additional lyrics are still appropriate today.

  10. Karlo Says:
  11. It's like the American textbook version of Heller Keller. We get her life until about age 17. Somehow they all forget to mention that she was a radical socialist.

  12. Brian Says:
  13. I remember learning this song as a child. As a teenager, I learned the lyrics as Woody (?) Guthrie wrote them. It was one of those defining moments when I realized I'd been had.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  14. libhom Says:
  15. All: I'm pleasantly surprised by all the positive reactions. I'm always a bit scared to go off into the realm of history for fear of losing peoples' interest, and you have proven those concerns unwarranted.



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