The Songs He Sang
This Land Is My Land: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston
Woody GuthrieAppears on:
As I went walking that ribbon of highway I saw above me that endless skyway I saw below me that golden valley This land was made for you and me Chorus: This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island From the redwood forest To the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me I've roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps To the sparking sands of her diamond deserts And all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me Chorus: As I was strolling and the wheat fields waving The sun came shining the dust clouds rolling As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting This land was made for you and me Cisco Special/Best of Vanguard has this final verse: When the sun come shining then I was strolling And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling A voice was chanting as the fog was lifting This land was made for you and me Chorus:
Woody's most famous composition, in a gentle, rather than stirring, performance. Before the song became an anthem, it was Woody's answer to other mindless anthems. Interestingly, though Cisco ends his "Legendary" with this song, he did not include it on the Songs of Woody Guthrie LP, though the fact that it was on his other Vanguard release The Cisco Special may have been enough.