Made for You and Me

I thought and thought about what to do for my Fourth of July post.

After a few failed attempts, the obvious answer came to me: folk music!

Here is Woody Guthrie singing the very fine “This Land is Your Land”, which Zoe is currently learning thanks to this book from a friend of ours.  As the inscription says, “It’s never too soon for folk songs.”  Amen, sister.  Amen.

(Missing is the last, apparently controversial verse.  If you find a decent recording with that on the YouTube, let us know!)

Also, this Johnny Cash version is . . . well, it is something:

Happy Fourth!



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10 responses to “Made for You and Me

  1. sarah a

    This is the first song I sang to Sam this morning! ! ! I mean, right after the version of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” from your other post, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Happy fourth of Ju-Lux!


  2. Jenny Olsztynski

    Love that photo of Zoe and her Grandpa. The only thing missing are fishing poles in their hands.


  3. Katie Streit

    I sing “This Land is Your Land” every Fourth of July! Love Woodie Guthrie


  4. Rin

    I was lucky enough to see Arlo Guthrie at the New Orleans Jazzfest in 2011. He sang that wonderful song (we all did, it was a singalong in the Blue Tent), stopping mid verse to tell stories. My favorite story was that when he was a child, he did not know that that song was famous outside of his house (ah, the world before omnipresent media). And he went home crying, because he was the only one in class who didn’t know all the words to the song. But when home, his dad, Woody, taught him the verses that were not in the school song book, the ones that speak of the less pretty side of American life, of poverty and oppression.
    Woody Guthrie was a gifted songwriter. Arlo Guthrie is a wonderful performer, if you have the opportunity to see him, don’t pass it up.


  5. Kristin

    Hooray! I was singing / talking about “This Land Is Your Land” on July 4, too!


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