“This land is your land” – a 2012 eco-version

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Saturday, July 14th will be the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth. To honor him and express this eco-bicyclist”s concern beyond those expressed his original lyrics, here is a modified version of Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song This Land is Your Land. The original lyrics written by Mr. Guthrie may be seen through this weblink.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From Car-lifornia to Wall Street canyons

From clear-cut forests to oil-stained waters

This wasteland was allowed by you and me

As I was pedaling – a crowded highway

I saw above me – a concrete skyway

I saw below me – more golden arches

This wasteland was made by you and me


I’ve roamed on cell towers  – and taken exits

To sprawling cities – paved over deserts

And all around me – neon signs were shouting

This wasteland was made by you and me


The sun dawns hazy – as I was rolling

Weeds were waving  – and dust was falling

As the smog now settles – voices start shouting

This wasteland was made by you and me


As I tried walking – no sidewalks for me

As I tried biking – drivers scowl right at me

Few remaining places – of peace and safety

Those are the ones for you and me


Throughout  our cities – empty seas of asphalt

Are clearly saying – whose really’s at fault

And some are grumblin’ – and some are wonderin’

Why this wasteland was allowed by you and me?

Chorus x 2

(Lyrics based on original song by Woody Guthrie)

Happy 100th Birthday, Woody!

Source: en.wikipedia.org

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