Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pamplin Grove Community Cookout 2008

Supper is served at the cookhouse
looking up 300 feet

"The Living Rooms" performing on Saturday afternoon

Election Night Nov 4th 2008 Columbus Hotel Ballroom

Richard and Janelle, co-deputy field organizers
"West Side" Columbus, OH.
Obama Campaign for Change Headquarters

Crowd shot, viewing results on election night, when they called Ohio for Obama.

Norm, Eileen and Chicken, 3 stars of the West Side Headquarters!

GOTV Staging location, Galloway Ohio Nov 4th 2008 Obama Campaign

clockwise: Leslie, Charles, Richard, Eileen and Norm

Obama Hdqts. "West Side" Columbus Ohio

Dave Muehlenkamp, Richard Salzman, Nancy Goodban, Will Packer

The original team that opened the West Side / Hilltop Headquarters for the Obama Campaign for Change in Columbus Ohio USA - October 2008 (Janelle Eagle would join soon after)

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"This Land Is Your Land" Like Woody Wrote It

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"This Land Is Your Land" Like Woody Wrote It
Sunday 18 January 2009

by: Tommy Stevenson, Tuscaloosa News

Bee Branch - At the conclusion of today's concert for president-elect Barack Obama 89-year-old Pete Seeger joined Bruce Springsteen for a sing-along with perhaps half a million people of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," which I dare say practically everyone in the country knows from childhood.

But sly old Pete, who actually hoboed with Woody during the Depression and Dust Bowl, had the crowd sing the song as it was actually written, as not only a celebration of this great land, but as a demand for workers' and people's rights. That is, he restored the verses that have been censored from the song over the years to make it less political:

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.

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?

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.

The "relief office," of course, refers to the ad hoc soup bowls [actually these were offices that gave out small amounts of money to some] and such set up during the Depression before the New Deal began to get the social security net we have all depended upon since the 1930s in place.

Seeger, like Guthrie, has been a controversial figure at times during his life, questioned by the witch hunting committees of Congress in the 1950s, black listed, and even banded from television as late as the late 1960s.

...it was wonderful to see the gleam in his subversive eye as he did his call and response with the throngs in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Somewhere Woody - and Leadbelly, and Sonny and Cisco and the rest of the great balladeers of that bygone era - are smiling tonight.


Full Lyrics

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

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

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

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