1967 October 3

Yes, This Land Really IS Your Land: Woody Guthrie Dies

 

Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote many songs about the victims of civil liberties violations: immigrant workers who were deported, tenant farmers evicted from their homes, and the victims of police brutality and anti-labor actions, among others. This Land is Your Land, easily his most famous song, is now recognized as an American classic. He died on this day after a long fight with Huntington’s disease. Guthrie inspired the folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and in particular inspired a young folk singer named Bob Dylan.

Still relevant today, from his song, Deportee:

The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting
The oranges are filed in their creosote dumps
They’re flying ’em back to the Mexico border
To take all their money to wade back again
Goodbye to my Juan, farewell Roselita
Adios mes amigos, Jesus e Maria
You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane
All they will call you will be deportees

Hear Woody Guthrie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaI5IRuS2aE

Learn more at the official Woody Guthrie site: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/

Read: Joe Klein, Wood Guthrie: A Life (1999)

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