THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (An Alternative National Anthem) words with two stanzas not usually included by Woody Guthrie with notes on the occasion of the Second Inauguration of President Barack H. Obama

This land is your land

Yours, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, people of multiple race,

Christians, Jews, Muslims and those of other faiths and

no faith in particular and those who have the faith of atheism

This land is my land –

Yes, mine, too, a white, straight, male senior citizen

of Dutch and Swedish ancestry

From California, to the New York Island

From the poorest of the poor to the richest

of the rich and to those committed to lifting the poor

and limiting the power of the rich.

From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters —

To being a nation dedicated to protecting those forests

and the salt and fresh waters

This land was made for you and me.

The gifted, the challenged, the exceptional, the

ordinary, those well equipped to succeed because

they received helping hands

and those who still need a helping hand and

should get it simply because of the

Constitutional contract with America.

 

As I was walking a ribbon of highway

I saw above me an endless skyway —

And dedicate ourselves to polluting less,

recycling more, jogging, bicycling, exercising

to help keep that skyway endless.

I saw below me a golden valley —

And a pledge to support sustainable farming.

This land was made for you and me.

 

I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve 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.

Yes, this land was made for you and me, for

males and females, young and old, gays, lesbians,

bisexuals and transgender, for all who walk

from the sea sand to desert sands,

this land does belong to you and me

and for all who have immigrated through the desert

and across boarders seeking a better way of life, may

this land soon be for thee.

 

The sun comes shining as I was strolling

The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling

The fog was lifting a voice come chanting

This land was made for you and me.

Let us keep our grain free of toxins and

poisons and pledge to keep droughts

from increasing and heat waves from raging

and storms from destroying because

this land was made for you and me.

 

As I was walkin’  –  I saw a sign there

And that sign said – no tress passin’

But on the other side  …. it didn’t say nothin!

Now that side was made for you and me!

And may that side always be there for you and me.

 

In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple

Near the relief office – I see my people

And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’

If this land’s still made for you and me.

The Second Inauguration of Barack H. Obama

Was filled with Red and Yellow, Black and

White, all who are precious in God’s sight and

it gives us hope that while we continue to

grumble and mumble on behalf of peace,

justice, mercy and we comfort the afflicted

and afflict the comfortable, may we rejoice

in affirming that this land was made for

you and me and the uppercase WE.

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