That Side Wasn’t Made For You and Me After All…


Yesterday, I posted a YouTube video of Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing This Land is Your Land at yesterday’s Obama Inaugural event. Of course the Seeger-Springsteen collaboration alone made it special, but the reason I posted it was that they sang the rarely-heard verse in which Woody discusses and rejects the concept of private property:

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.

Radical, eh? It’s always been my favorite verse, and I was thrilled to hear it sung and even more thrilled that the millions who might have seen the event on HBO, or caught the video later at YouTube, would get closer to the true meaning of this great song.

But it’s not to be: HBO, ironically, has pulled the YouTube video due to a copyright claim. So we only got to see the back side of that sign for a few hours.

Maybe it’s all for the best. Maybe I was getting so carried away with all the talk about change that I thought our work was pretty much done. No way. Not yet. We still need to hear Woody’s message, and all the HBOs of the world added together cannot stop his words from being heard. Listen!

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