This Land Is Your Land
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"This Land Is Your Land" is one of the United States' most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 based on an existing melody, in critical response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America", which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he wrote a response originally called "God Blessed America". Guthrie varied the lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses in line with his sympathetic views of communism, than appear in recordings or publications.
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Library of Congress download
lcweb2.loc.gov/.../default.html - Web
1972 published version
www.themomi.org/museum/Guthrie/sheet_music/this_land.html - Web
lyrics as copyrighted in 1956
www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/This_Land.htm - Web
www.arlo.net/resources/lyrics/this-land.shtml - Web
an early manuscript
web.archive.org/.../thisl1.html - Web
An example of an early advertisement featuring the parody of 'This Land is Your Land'
kr.youtube.com/watch?v=aCf-fNygmKk&translated=1 - Web
Woody Guthrie's copyright notice at City of Sound
www.cityofsound.com/blog/2002/09/woody_guthries_.html - Web