Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

Fourth of July means fireworks and BBQ of course but when it comes to celebrating the country and patriotism, I can't think of anything more patriotic than Woody Guthrie's populism.  Google agrees with me, since I wrote this post Tuesday, and Wednesday had Woody's title above.  Google your favorite Guthrie image today and salute this land!

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I've roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

The Woody Guthrie Foundation has free curriculum on how to integrate Woody's life and themes into the core subject areas for elementary and high school students here.  I found the curriculum researching for this post and I'll definitely be working it in to our studies this year.  The toads wore out a copy of Daddy O Daddy and we had to replace it, so they know his music and the curriculum would provide a great format to learn more of it.

 Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!

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