Thursday, March 11, 2010

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie

Ah, now I know why all the socialists I've known in academia over the years loved Woodie Guthrie.

Woodie was a Communist. 

And he was named after ... our first Progressive president, Wodrow Wilson.

Huh.  Was unaware of that until I looked him up in Wiki to see if he was still alive.

I already knew of the lyrics Glenn Beck recently discovered -- verses you never sang in grade school, or even knew about.  But he wrote 'em back during the long FDR administration in 1940.

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.
His guitar was famous for having the "This Machine Kill Fascists" sign on it.

I gave it a little tweak.

2 comments:

Jeff said...

Sing it with me:

This land is my land
and only my land.
I got a shotgun
and you don't got one.
If you don't get off
I'll blow your head off.
This land was made for only me.

philmon said...

Heh!