Sent time:   Sunday, October 16, 2011 11:38:57 AM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] this land is your land

It's important tho to also think about how this song sounds from the

perspective of colonization. If this will be a disenfranchised, mainly

white, middle class movement that's only addressing the issues pertinent

to that sliver of the 99% than maybe that won't be a problem. But

otherwise we'd do better to dig deeper for songs that resonate with all.


And it's not that I don't think "This Land is Your Land" is a beautiful

song. It even has interesting variants for this particular setting, such

as this verse:

"There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;

Sign was painted, it said private property;

But on the back side it didn't say nothing;

This land was made for you and me."


But let's dig deeper for something that can really resonate with a broader

sector of the 99%!


> "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 <> wrote:

>> 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 <>

> wrote:


>>> 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.


>>> Marina


>>> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM,

>>> <> wrote:

>>> > 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