This Song Should Be The American National Anthem (Hymns of Social Justice)

One of my favorite things to share as part of the Hymns of Social Justice series are covers of classic social justice anthems.

For Patriot Day, I want to share with you Christian rock artist David Crowder performing Woody Guthrie’s "This Land is Your Land."

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Woody Guthrie presents to us in this song an aspirational vision of hope and longing for a more democratic America. He wrote it as a response to Irving Berlin’s "God Bless America,"

Today, Crowder’s rendition made me very emotional. Maybe it is 9/11. Maybe it is the cello. The cello gets me every time.

Take a listen. Enjoy. Share.

Thanks.

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  • andrew2001

    VERY NICE my friend. Here are two of my favorite performances of “This Land”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE4H0k8TDgw

    http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/episodes/pete-seegers-90th-birthday-celebration-from-madison-square-garden/seeger-and-friends-perform-this-land-is-your-land/816/

    I like these versions because he sings the seldom sung verses:

    “In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
    By the relief office, I’d 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.”

  • skyblue

    I just love this song! Wouldn’t it be great if it were our national anthem?
    Fantastic lyrics and meaning, great music, and it’s actually singable for most people (who can manage the “rocket’s red glare”? Not many, I think)

    Thanks for introducing me to David Crowder’s version. I agree, the cello is beautiful!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/ Chris Henrichsen

      Thanks for you kind comment. :)

  • Joseph

    Yes, this song SHOULD be our national anthem. How do we go about making that happen (and thus destroy the very fabric of our society)?


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