Woody wrote the words,
music from a Baptist hymn —
in a patriotic hymn —
our true national anthem.
This land is your land;
this is your immigrant land.
This land is my land;
mountains to the dunes of sand;
This land — meant for you and me.
* idea from Writer’s Almanac, February 23, 2019:
It was on this day in 1940 that Woody Guthrie wrote the
lyrics to “This Land is Your Land” — now one of America’s
most famous folk songs. The melody is an old Baptist hymn.