"This Land is Your Land" is a particularly appropriate choice for this moment in history. As you may know it was written " in 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 for Me". Guthrie varied the lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses than appear in recordings or publications.
On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Liliana Gomez <email@example.com
> Thanks for the great lyrics, hadn't heard/remebered them in a long time
> Lili G
> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Marina Sitrin <firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Yes!!!! Not only because I grew up on this sort of music (radical
>> parents) but that song is so transformative and unifying in spaces.
>> Songs are a part of most social movements around the world, and have
>> been a part of US movements historically as well. (Civil Rights, labor
>> - including IWW, predating the AFLCIO, women, anti nuke, and on and on
>> - we have a lot to choose from)
>> I would love to begin or end our assemblies with a song.
>> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM, email@example.com
>> > Yesterday during the march to Times Square, and then again in Washington
>> > Square Park, folks broke out into "This Land is Your Land" by Woodie
>> > Guthrie. This made me happy, both because it's a great song and because I
>> > had already been thinking that one way to diversify our message is not only
>> > to think of new chants, but also to start using more songs.
>> > I was trying to remember the final verses which are SO relevant to OWS, but
>> > couldn't at the moment. Here they are. Let's use them on future marches!
>> > 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 squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
>> > By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
>> > As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
>> > Is this land still made for you and me
>> Seamos realistas, hagamos lo imposible ~ che