Happy Independence Day

I posted the full text of The Declaration of Independence at Just Gene’O today. I’m not going to wax poetic here today. I’ll share a song instead.

“This Land is Your Land” has always been one of my favorite songs. It’s Guthrie’s response Berlin’s “God Bless America,” and it’s very much a critical responst. Here’s Pete Seeger and a couple of other musicians you might recognize performing it with Guthrie’s original lyrics at the Presidential Inaugural Concert in 2009. The last stanza was added during the Civil Rights Movement; I’m not sure if it’s Seeger’s work or someone else’s, but it sounds like him.

The Wiki has a pretty good page that explains the history of the song and discusses  how the lyrics have evolved over the years.

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