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Great Folk Song

In 1945 the best song was “This Land is Your Land” performed by Woody Guthrie. Personally I feel that this is the time to get back to such American folk songs and to teach them to children.

At one time “This Land is Your Land” was one of the most famous folk songs in the U.S. American folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote it in 1940. It was based on an existing melody “When the World’s on Fire” sung by The Carter Family. What is interesting is that Woody Guthrie grew tired of listening to Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” and in response wrote his song with the title “God Blessed America for Me” later changing this to “This Land is Your Land”.

In 2002 this song was chosen by the Library of Congress and added to the National Recording Registry.

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