45 Revolutions

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Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land (1940 lyrics)

This is the version including the verse:

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me

A sign was painted said: Private Property,

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

This land was made for you and me.

Also there’s a lyric sheet of his including a verse he never recorded:

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple,
by the relief office I saw my people.
As they stood hungry,
I stood there wondering if God blessed America for me.

This is a radical song, this is a populist leftist song and was released at the same time as McCarthyism in America. He was criticizing the song “God Bless America” [first written lyrics include “God blessed America for me” in place of “This land was made for you and me”] Woody Guthrie rules and this song isn’t safe and innocent.

Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco - Dump the Bosses Off Your Back

This song was written in 1916 by John Bill, a member of the International Workers of the World (The IWW or “Wobblies”). It was included in the 9th edition of the IWW Songbook.

Pete Seeger - Which Side Are You On

Woody Guthrie - Ludlow Massacre

This labor day, read about the Ludlow Massacre.

wikipedia / the new yorker (2009) / the new yorker (2014) / excerpt from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States

Phil Ochs - Links on the Chain

When the police on the horses were waitin’ on demand,
Ridin’ through the strike with the pistols in their hands,
Swingin’ at the skulls of many a union man,
As you built one more link on the chain, on the chain,

Joe Hill - There is Power in a Union

Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie - Union Maid

Woody Guthrie - Union Burying Ground

Pete Seeger - Solidarity Forever

Happy Labor Day.