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Songs from your Country

Songs of Social Change, Protest or Love.

This Land Is YourLand” (1944-47) written and performed by Woody Guthrie. Words were changed over the period of years as it was adapted from another one of his songs.
Woody is well known as folk singer/songwriter, political activist and cross-country traveller. He wrote this song to remind Americans and in particular the Politicians just who the good ole’ U.S.of A was for - the people-all the people. A version with name places changed by a Canadian Group ‘TheTravellers’ (1958). How we feel about our home country or country of birth has been embodied in songs both pro and con I would imagine as long as singing and songwriting has been around. To represent our country does it mean we have to exclude or even hate others in order to protect our own interests? Do we have to mistreat the planet? Or other people from other parts of the world or from our own country for that matter in order to feel better about ourselves? More importantly who gets to d…