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This Land Is Your Land Chords

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So I recently found out that I'm now related to Woody Guthrie by my mom
marrying my now step-dad. Which, of course, is pretty feakin' cool. So my 
step-dad lent some of Woody's records and this song came up. And at first, 
I was thinking back to how in every elementry school I was in they 
always made us sing this. But after the 3rd verse of the song, I started 
hearing verses that I never heard before. And it was those last 3 verses
that I started to feel moved and I realized how much of a political song
this was. And as a punk rocker, I just had to tab it. So here it is. And
when you have made your final judgement on the song, please rate and/or
leave a comment. I don't want to feel like I did this for nothing.

Standard Tuning

             G                       D
This land is your land, this land is my land 
         A                      D
From California to the New York Island
                 G                         D 
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
A                              D 
This land was made for you and me.

Verse 1: 
          G                      D
As I went walking that ribbon of highway
       A                    D
I saw above me that endless skyway
        G                  D  
I saw below me that golden valley
A                              D 
This land was made for you and me.

Repeat Chorus
Verse 2:

               G                         D
I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
                 A                    D 
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
           G                    D 
While all around me a voice was sounding
A                              D 
This land was made for you and me.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3:

                  G                  D
When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
                     A                          D 
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
            G                        D 
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
A                              D 
This land was made for you and me.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 4:

          G                    D
As I went walking I saw a sign there
                   A            D 
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
           G                        D 
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
A                              D 
That side was made for you and me.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 5:

                      G                        D
In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
              A                   D 
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
                    G                     D 
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
A                             D 
Is this land made for you and me?

Repeat Chorus

Verse 6:

       G                    D
Nobody living can ever stop me,
        A                    D 
As I go walking that freedom highway;
       G          D
Nobody living can make me turn back
A                              D 
This land was made for you and me.

Repeat Chorus 2x

And that should be that for This Land Is My Land by Woody Guthrie. A song
that is still true today as it was over 50 years ago. So when you've made
your final judgemnet on the song, please rate and/or leave a comment.
Also, be sure to check out my other tabs as well.

-I hope you enjoy; my little droogies.
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Sam Harrison wrote on July 30 2009, 06:20 pm

sounds a bit better if you throw in a G7 and A7 sometimes. still 5 stars though.

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rikro wrote on January 30 2010, 10:26 pm

I think it's great, even though I agree with Sam above. Woody is one of the greatest folk song singer/writers of all time. Without his dedication many of the old mountain songs would have been lost forever. I have an early 40's version of Woody singing "House of the Rising Sun". It's nothing like the Animals version. If you haven't heard it, email me at rkronenwetter@gmail.com and I'll send you a copy.

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jfbrown42 wrote on July 11 2010, 10:06 am

Woodie never renewed the copyright on this song and it expired in 1973. According to the *Museum of Musical Instruments*, Guthrie wrote on at least one of his songbooks:

“This song is copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."

The recordings of Woodie singing this song I've heard don't include verses 4, 5, & 6. Are they "authentic"? (Well, as authentic as anything can be in a folk song).

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