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This Land Is Your Land

I sing this to the children with the help of a beautiful songbook by Kathy Jakobsen.
Most of us know the first verse or two of this song, but the later verses have been mostly obscured by history. The chorus has patriotic language; the later verses call back to the difficult times of the Dust Bowl.
Like many great songs we sing to children, its melody is repeated without end, yet never gets old. Original by Woodie Guthrie.



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.

Chorus:
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.

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.

(Chorus)

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.

(Chorus)

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.

(Chorus)

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?

(Chorus)

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.

(Chorus)


NOTE: It is debatable whether the full version of this song is fully appropriate for young children. In the interest of cutting a rather long song down, and to avoid sparking any debates, I generally skip from somewhere in the middle of the song straight to the final verse.