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Old 07-30-2002, 08:43 PM   #1
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Do/Did you sing "This Land Is Your Land"?

Growing up in the heartland of America; Oklahoma, I was a part of school assemblys like many other schools. We would gather, stand, pledge allegiance to the flag, remain standing, and then sing Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land".

Was this just an Oklahoman custom or did it happen in other schools across America?

That's my question, but I thought I'd print the lyrics.

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 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.

I've roamed and rambled and I 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.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking, I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said, "No Trespassing"
But on the other 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.
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Old 07-30-2002, 08:45 PM   #2
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I know, I know...I misspelled assemblies. Please forgive my grammar.
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Old 07-30-2002, 08:47 PM   #3
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I went to grade school in California (Anaheim to be exact) in the early/mid 70's and yes, we did sing this song.
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Old 07-30-2002, 08:50 PM   #4
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we sung it too in florida in elementary school.
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Old 07-30-2002, 08:59 PM   #5
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I think sweet, little Ravenstar started a thread about this.

But, it evaporated with so much other provocative discussion.

In the 60s, thatís right the 60s we sang it, the first four verses, in Los Angeles Unified School District.
We said the Pledge, under God., we had duck and cover drills, we had corporal punishment, girls had cooties. We played dodge ball.
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Well, I was in elementary school in the mid-late 1980's and we still sang it. I wonder if they still do?
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:10 PM   #7
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yes we sang it in grade school.

if you want to hear an incredible version, listen to bruce springsteen's from his live cd 1975-1985.
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I never sang that song in grade school, but I did sing it in Girl Scouts!
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:25 PM   #9
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yep, we sang it here in texas.. not every day, though.
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Old 07-30-2002, 09:46 PM   #10
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REMEMBER....

yep sang it in school, girl scouts and camp....but then again..Most of us sang things like one tin soldier too.....kids
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Old 07-30-2002, 10:09 PM   #11
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yes, yes i did. the WHOLE version too...and where are you going with this?
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Old 07-30-2002, 11:24 PM   #12
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I went to elementary school in the mid to late 1970s in Iowa and I remember singing it - not the whole thing though, just the first four verses.
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I think I remember singing it in Omaha in grade school in the late 60s. I also remember singing We Are Marching to Pretoria in kindergarten, which would have been 1966?

We also had duck and cover drills, but we called them tornado drills, and they scared the shit out of me.
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We actually sang it in school here in Australia, but the words had been changed to make it relevant to us.
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Never sang it once in school. Although last year kids went down the hallway singing...

"This Land Is My Land
It Ain't Your Land
I got a shotgun
And you ain't got one
So if you dont get off
I'll blow your head off
If you dont get off
This land was made
For me
AND NOT YOU!"

Violent Huh?
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