This Land is Your Land

By Cristina , Julie


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.

Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land


Some background knowledge on Woody Guthrie, singer of "This Land Is Your Land" his song connects as to why he became a "protest" artist because he believed by singing the song he would explain that this is everybody's world and no matter what it will hit you and knock you down , no matter what color or size you are. he sings the song to help take pride in yourselves and in your work.


1. What is the overall issue(s) that is presented in your song of choice? -the overall issue that is presented in This land is Your land is that today most American's do not know it was and still is a protest song. and how the wealthiest few still owned most of the land, controlled most of the wealth of the nation and treated everyone else unfairly.

2. what decade is it from? 1940

3. Do you agree or disagree with the message that the song is sending? why or why not? what makes it important or unimportant? I agree with the message the song is sending because it shows ways why Woody Guthrie though how people were getting treated was wrong.

4. do you feel the song made significant impact on the issue/era? why or why not?