This Land…

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Today I was singing This Land Is Your Land with the residents of our local rest home. As we were singing this iconic song, I thought how ironic to be singing this at this time.  We have always been selective as to whom “your” refers to. With the immigration controversies of the past two weeks, I thought perhaps it would be good to reassess what we are singing compared to what we really believe.

Perhaps it is time to bring back the Folk Songs of the 60s to remind us of the importance of treating others with dignity and respect. Songs like Blowin’ in the Wind and Try a Little Kindness might do us some good in this era of harshness.

My apologies to Woodie Guthrie for butchering his wonderful song!

Is This Land My Land?
Is this land your land, Is this land my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulfstream waters
This land’s not yours, it’s just for me

As I was driving that ribbon of highway
I saw before me that endless sky way
I saw below me that golden valley
This land’s not yours, It’s just for me

The sun was shining and I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the cloud was lifting, a voice was crying
Is this land not made for you and me.

I roved and rambled and followed GPS steps
From the sparkling sands of her diamond desert
And all around me voices were sighing
Is this land’s not made for you and me?

…Yes //  this land is made for you and me!


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10 thoughts on “This Land…

  1. …true, but there are some wonderful young songs/singers about today too. I think that’s where all the poetic energy and poets are in the modern era, lured by the lucre but not totally lost 🙂

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  2. In Guyana, we sang an adapted version that begun, as follows:
    “This land is my land; this land is your land, from the Rupununi to the Corentyne. From the green heart forest to the Atlantic Ocean; this land was made for you and me.”

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