Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Justiciness

Foto Credit:  Nancer
Last week we read about Woody Guthrie.  Did you know he wrote over 1,000 songs?  And did you know that This Land Is Your Land has 3 extra verses that have been left behind?  I asked the Thirdlanders how the 3 verses change the tone of the song and Quiet Kid said, "I don't know.  They just make the song more justice-y."  I loved this.  He's so right.  Sing along, my friends:

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 made for you and me?

See? Did you know that Woody Guthrie wrote a song that's not too complimentary of Donald Trump's dad? You should check out the lyrics here.  Woody Guthrie lives on.

I'm trying to get myself out the door to the library to pick up a book called Which Side Are You On?  It's about a song that was written in support of some coal miners.  Not sure I'll go because it's cold out there and the roads are icy and I want to stay extra safe until Thursday afternoon when I get off work and leave on my trip to the South. Mom made some haystacks and they're a'callin' my name. 
            In conclusion, don't be a scab.  Support Workers.  Sing out! 


LH said...

I really like this Woody Guthrie quote:

"I hate a song that makes you think that you're not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are either too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that....songs that run you down or songs that poke fun of you on account of your bad luck or your hard traveling. I am out to fight those kinds of songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood."

Written by Woody Guthrie on December 3rd, 1944 for a WNEW radio show, 1944. Available on the Woody Guthrie Poster.

nancy reynolds said...

You know,we are fans at this household as well.

mm said...

Sing out!

KC said...

I love this. I used to teach about that song and the Harlan County USA strike. The thing about that song and all the others is that they make you want to sing and make up your own words. I did that for years in the high school. It pleased me.

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