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Music from the Occupy Wall Street movement
7 years ago
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This land is your land, friends. Take it back!


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.

© Copyright 1956 (renewed), 1958 (renewed), 1970 and 1972 by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. & TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI)

Contact The Publisher-
The Richmond Organization (TRO)
Attention: Kathryn Ostien
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor / New York, NY 10018-6609

7 years ago

Erin's video of Tom Morello playing This Land Is Your Land at Occupy Los Angeles on Day 8. Tom is the Lead guitar player from Rage Against The Machine. He plays socially conscious acoustic music as The Night Watchman, and has been playing for union rallies, peace marches and occupy camps all across the country.

7 years ago

Your host playing This Land Is Your Land at Occupy Los Angeles, Day 9. Accompanied by my friend, Karl Greenblatt, Woody's nephew, and an organizer for the Canyonland Defense Coalition and Occupy Orange County.

7 years ago

Here's a great article about Pete Seeger visiting Occupy wall Street with his grandson, Tao Rodriguez Seeger. 92 years old, and he's been combining music with activism for his whole life.

7 years ago

Your host playing one of Pete's greatest songs at Irvine Civic Center for Occupy Orange County.

7 years ago

Teach your children. David Crosby and Graham Nash play for Occupy Wall Street:

7 years ago

"We haven't performed without microphones for a long time...."

7 years ago

The singer-songwriter is giving away mp3s of his iconic political masterpiece "We Can’t Make It Here" (from his award-winning Childish Things).  

Fans are encouraged to use the free mp3 of "We Can't Make It Here" to create videos supporting the Occupy Movement.

CLICK HERE to download the free MP3.  

Send your stories and videos HERE or post to the James McMurtry Facebook Page.  The best of the best will be featured on James McMurtry's website:
Message from James:
We quit playing "We Can't Make It Here" for a year or two.  We're playing it again because it seems to still be relevant, and that pretty much sucks for everybody but us. I know the song is still relevant because people are camped out along Wall Street and in front of City Halls around the country and around the globe, demanding a solution to the problems I tried to give light to when I put my song out seven years ago. They are mixed in age and economic status. Some are young and idealistic. Some are old enough to have had their ideals trampled upon a time or two.  My son goes to school in the New York area and some of his friends have been involved in the protests. One was detained for nine hours without charge. This is not supposed to happen in our supposedly civilized nation. These people are getting roughed up, but the press only seems to notice when a victim of police brutality happens to be an Iraq war veteran. I'm guessing there are a good many vets in the crowd and the poor fellow in Oakland won't be the only one hurt. I suppose the cops think the protesters are breaking the law.  Seems to me, the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to peaceful assembly. Meanwhile, the one percent, safely ensconced in the tall glass towers, does not have to break the law, because they get to write the law. I thought it was supposed to be the other way around, in a democracy. I think maybe my fourth grade teacher lied to me.
Let your voice be heard.

7 years ago

Cat plays his original Occupy song for the Obamas at the APAC conference in Hawaii. Right on, Brother!

7 years ago

At the risk of ruining this thread, thanks for all the beautiful, inspiring music.

6 years ago

Ben Harper and Tom Morello in MacArther Park:


5 years ago

This may not exactly fit, but we need worldwide solidarity!


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