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1. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "This Land Is Your Land"

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

This land is your land, This land is my land Though it has often been co-opted as a benignly patriotic campfire sing-a-long, "This Land Is Your Land" was actually written by Woody Guthrie in 1944 as a subversive protest song in biting response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." At my sister Samra's urging, we recorded our version in 2004, during the George W. Bush presidency, in an effort to re-establish it as a song about social justice. Ironically, when Woodie Guthrie resided in Coney Island in 1950, his landlord was none other than Donald Trump's father, the infamously racist real estate mogul Fred Trump, about whom Guthrie composed his poem "Old Man Trump," including the lines: I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts When he drawed that color line Here at his Beach Haven family project Using a dark re-harmonization of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" as an intro, the Dap-Kings re-arranged "This Land" as a rough blues-y march, setting the tone for Sharon to tear into the lyrics of the song with the fiery gusto of a revolutionary. However, it was the inclusion of Guthrie's rarely-heard original verses that really enabled Sharon to reclaim the song as an urgent and unambiguous demand for equality and human dignity in a nation rife with social injustice and patriotic hypocrisy. Today, as we inaugurate a rapacious billionaire to the highest office in the land, those original verses resonate with us as loudly as the day they were written: There was a big high wall there That tried to stop me The sign was painted Said 'Private Property' But on the backside It didn't say nothing This land was made for you and me One bright sunny morning In the shadow of the steeple By the relief office I saw my people As they stood hungry I stood there wondering If God Blessed America for me We are grateful to Woodie Guthrie and to Sharon Jones, two friends of the people and bitter foes of the Trumps, who have given us an essential soundtrack to our struggle. When times get dark, let us not crumble in fear and bigotry. Let us honor the unbreakable spirit of those tireless fighters who have fallen before us. Let us rise to the fight, and let us help each other never to forget this noble truth: This land was made for you and me. -Gabe Roth

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2. Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land - ABC News World Wrap Up - 3 Oct 1967

Pete Seeger - This Land Is Your Land - ABC News World Wrap Up - 3 Oct 1967

Courtesy of Berea College Sound Archives. For noncommercial, educational use only.

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4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - This Land is your Land

  • Published: 2010-10-04T21:51:00Z
  • By Nadia D.
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - This Land is your Land

film : Up In The Air

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17. Sam Hunt - This Land Is Your Land (from Bright: The Album)

Sam Hunt - This Land Is Your Land (from Bright: The Album)

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18. This Land Is Your Land

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Available for this weekend, "This Land Is Your Land", as featured in Christ Fellowship's weekend services on July 4-5, 2015.

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