Friday, June 20, 2014
This Land Ain't Your Land
Words provided by Jonathan Dunnemann and original music by Woody Guthrie
This land ain't your land, give the indigenous people their due
From the tip of Florida, right on up to New England too
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific shore
This land was stolen along with a hell of a lot more
As I was ambling just the other day
I decided to express myself in a entirely different way
I see a pattern here of simply changing the facts
And that's why so many of us seem to have gotten off track
This land was stolen its so painfully true
Indigenous people have been bambuzzled and hoodwinked
while others sought to learn how to do the same thing too
That's why their children feel like they're living in the valley of shame
This land was stolen and the facts altogether are just that plain
The wise elder knows how much has been lost
Their languages and names all at such a great cost
The forest, the medicine man were all once revered
Now these things are generally looked upon by others as just being weird
This land was stolen and yet no one complains
As I was ambin' - I saw a sign right there
And that sign said - All Welcome Inn'
But on the other side ...it said, No Indians, No Coloreds, No Jews, No Gays, No Muslims for that's a sin!
Now that side was made up just for you and me!
This land was stolen, now don't you see?
Out in the suburbs - just past the town square
Near the golf course - I don't see any of my people over there
And some folks are beaming, boasting, and laughin'
Cause they know they wouldn't have any of this land if that stuff had never happened
at 5:09 PM