{Woody wrote the words} — two Tankas*

Woody wrote the words,
music from a Baptist hymn —
universal words
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.

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