That Side Was Made For You And Me

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There were plenty of great performances at the Lincoln Memorial today as part of the ongoing Obama Inaugural Celebration, but for me the highlight was Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen restoring Woody Guthrie’s classic This Land Is Your Land to its original, unedited, uncensored glory. Pete and the Boss led the huge crowd in singing my favorite verse along with a couple of others you don’t hear very much:

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

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

It’s been a while since these words hit me as hard as they did today. Listen now.

For those of you who want to see the celebration in its entirety, HBO will broadcast it at 7PM Pacific Time and at 11:30 Eastern and Pacific Time tonight, and will show it at hbo.com as well. Details here.

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