|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
> lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses than
> appear in recordings or publications.
> On Sunday, October 16, 2011, Liliana Gomez <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 <email@example.com>
>>> 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> <email@example.com> wrote:
>>> > Yesterday during the march to Times Square, and then again in
>>> > 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
>>> > had already been thinking that one way to diversify our message is
>>> > 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
>>> > couldn't at the moment. Here they are. Let's use them on future
>>> > 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
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