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This Land Is Your Land

A public domain song that is about the public domain, iTunes initially objected to my releasing this due to copyright ownership, but after a lengthy email debate defending my rights, I ultimately won.  Should've stuck with law school I guess.  In the true folk tradition, I took the liberty of editing some of Woody's lyrics here and there.

Lyrics

"This Land Is Your Land"
Traditional, Arranged by Scott Cooley.  Written by Woody Guthrie.

This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California to the New York Island,

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters;

This land was made for you and me.


As I went walking that ribbon of highway,

And I saw above me, that endless skyway,

I saw below me, that Golden Valley;

This land was made for you and me.


This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California to the New York Island,

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters;

This land was made for you and me.

      

I roamed and rambled, and followed my footsteps

Through the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts,

And all around me a voice was sounding,

"This land was made for you and me."


This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California to the New York Island,

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters;

This land was made for you and me.


There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me

The sign was painted, said private property

But on the back side, it didn’t say nothing

This land was made for you and me.


This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California to the New York Island,

From the Canadian mountains to the Gulf Stream waters;

This land was made for you and me.


As the Sun was shining, and I was strolling

Through the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,

A voice was chanting as the fog was lifting

This land was made for you and me.


This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California to the New York Island,

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters;

This land was made for you and me.


Sound Recording Published ℗ 2010 by Scott Cooley.  No rights reserved.  Friends of ourn: we don't give a dern what you do with this recording.

This Land Is Your Land
Album cover photo by Lenore Cooley
Song from the album Sense Of Belonging
Position Track # 12
Duration 3:22
Released June 21st, 2010
Label Scott Cooley Records
Format CD, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Genre Americana, Folk
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Producer Scott Cooley
Songwriter words and music by Woody Guthrie
Publisher Scott Richard Cooley Music Publishing, ASCAP
Personnel Scott Cooley - 1/2 duet vocal, acoustic guitar & bass, harmonica, acoustic solo; Lenore Cooley - other 1/2 of duet vocal
Track Chronology
"What Money Can't Buy"

(#11)
"This Land Is Your Land"

(#12)
"The Invisible Man"

(#13)
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Brief Description

This was a blast to record this with my lovely wife Lenore.  We cracked each other up doing the vocal takes.  Interestingly, the version of the lyrics I used contained some "rare" verses that Woody supposedly did originally write, but only performed as such on a few occasions. 

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