“This Land Is Your Land” is one of the United States’ most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1940, based on an existing melody, a Carter Family tune called “When the World’s on Fire”.
It has been covered by many bands and singers since, and remains as popular as ever.
Few people, however, know that Guthrie also penned several verse bemoaning the lack of social justice he saw all around him, including this:
In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;By the relief office, I’d seen my people.As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,Is this land made for you and me?
And, while we’re on the subject of great singers, “here’s Johnny!”