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  •  No reason anyone can't like any song they want. (4+ / 0-)

    Just pointing out that Woodie Guthrie saw that other song as jingoistic and exclusive.

    Although "This Land Is Your Land" later came to be regarded as a patriotic anthem, Guthrie's actual intended message was an attack on private property, a cornerstone of the capitalist system.

    Finally found the story about "This Land is Your Land" from PBS that I'd been looking for:

    Berlin wrote about an ideal America that we identify with to this day. It’s patriotic. It’s unifying. It’s all these things because, originally written in 1918 and revived and popularized in 1938, it’s a song for an America on the brink of war.

    Berlin’s opening line, “While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,” seemed to forget, as Guthrie wrote in his song, “the dust clouds rolling,” here at home. After all, it was the Great Depression and Dust Bowl years: millions were out of work and had fallen on hard times.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 10:37:47 PM PDT

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