Presentation on theme: "This Land Is Your Land By: Woody Guthrie"— Presentation transcript:
1 This Land Is Your Land By: Woody Guthrie Presentation by: Ben Buhl
2 LyricsChorus: 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 meAs 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 meNext back to repetition back to symbolism
3 LyricsI'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 meThe 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 meNext back to assonance
4 LyricsAs 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.2xBack
5 SummaryTo me, this song represents the working class of America in the 1940’s and how they worked hard to earn their rights in our country and what they did to get through the hard times.The United States had just got out of the Great Depression and the song alludes to highways, meaning the working class built highways to get out of the depression and they got the USA out the depression, not the rich people.
6 History of the songThe song was first written in 1940 by Woody GuthrieIt was first recorded in 1944The song wasn’t published until 1951
7 History of the songWoody wrote the song because he was sick of hearing Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” on the radioHe wrote it to the same tune and melody of “God Bless America” just with different lyrics
8 History of the songAt first, the song was hippie anthem, now it is interpreted as a patriotic songThe lyrics say that the working class should have the same rights as the richThis song has been used by past president Reagan, for his re-election to show he wanted to help the working class Americans
9 History of the songAfter the terrorists attacks on 9/11 many singers sang this song for inspiration and to bring people back together after the tragedyMany singers have taken the song and changed the name and a few lyrics to make it more of their own song
10 SymbolismThis song symbolizes America and the working class and how they think they deserve as many rights as the rich people in the countryBack to lyrics
11 RepetitionThe song the chorus is repeated:Back to lyrics
12 Narrative PoetryNarrative Poetry would be the person walking down the high way, seeing the whole country and them saying that it is there’s just as much as someone else more powerful then them.lyrics
13 AssonanceIn almost every verse in the song, there are two end words that rhyme.Lyrics
14 CitationsGuthrie, Woody, Mr., prod. this-land.shtml. TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc., Web. 13 May < Music and Labor , n.d. Web. 17 May < Woody_Guthrie.jpg>.