July 21, 2011

The Conservatives And The Liberal

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)

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Saturday
7-9-11

Watching country music on Saturday morning is no longer a sure thing. I'll have to get up early to claim a TV from now on. Why do feel a need to watch the same thing on two different TVs?

At lunch they ran out of spaghetti sauce while I was waiting in line. Who eats spaghetti without spaghetti sauce? That's just boring. Those incompetent bastards know how many people eat chow every day.

Today I read This is My God by Herman Wouk. It is a popular introduction to Judaism written in 1959. It is very well-written but it confirms my impression that Jews are not simply followers of the Torah. They've both added to and subtracted from the rules laid down by Moses. I doubt that anybody could keep the law of Moses in its entirety today.

These bastards don't give us enough time to eat chow. Now that my unit is last (we didn't give enough money to the cancer people), I barely have a chance to sit down with my tray before these nincompoops are kicking us out the door. I had more time to eat in boot camp.

I played the guitar and mandolin today. I need new music. Can anybody find me the full text and music of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land? My singing did not go well today. I'm no longer hoarse, but my voice is too flat and I couldn't get in the right key. :(

I'm anxious to get my hands on the March issue of Marie-Claire. So far nobody has been able to accommodate me. This does not strike me as a difficult request. Can anybody tell me the address to Marie-Claire so that I can at least write them a letter?

Last night I was thinking about this old cliché that if you're not a liberal when you're young, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're older, you have no head. J.F. broke that out on me one time. He made an ass of himself by telling Ted the Altar Boy that Hitler had the right idea. If he had only killed Republicans instead.

As it happens, Ted is a staunch Republican of the conservative Catholic mold. J.F. has neither heart nor head. He had simply taken it as a given that young people must be liberals, and he was shocked that a young man would be a conservative. I reminded him that there are other demographics at work besides age. Ted is a rich white man who lives in the Hamptons and worked for an oil company. J.F. is a fool.

I figure that there is some truth to the cliché. Middle-class youth may embrace liberal politics (which is often considered more idealistic and altruistic) when they're in college only to grow more conservative once they get a job, settle down, and start to raise a family. However, I doubt that black people, poor people, or gays and lesbians rush to embrace conservative politics as they grow older. The issue is that people can afford to be more idealistic when they're living off their parents and they have few material interests at stake. When you have to pay your bills and support a family, you start to get a little practical and self-serving.

The mistake lies in thinking that conservatism is always more practical or that liberalism is always more idealistic. On the abortion debate, I'd say that liberals are the realists and conservatives are the idealists. The pro-life movement draws the support of many religious-minded young people. On a deeper level though, I'd say that liberalism is more practical and self-sering for a lot of people. Conservatism can be just as starry-eyed, utopian belief system as socialism ever was.

I've grown very cynical and nihilistic in recent years, and I've come to approach society with a hard-headed skepticism. As a result, I've lost interest in both neocon and libertarian politics, which rely on absolutist ideals. I've found a lot of insight in Marxism and anarchism. In my opinion, conventional liberalism is a weak and insipid brew. There are those who would say that my politics aren't exactly practical, but you can't deny that they're self-serving! :)

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lru Posted 8 years ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years ago   Favorite
"There are those who would say that my politics aren't exactly practical, but you can't deny that they're self-serving! :-)"

Ha! I really like your writing. Very thoughtful and funny. This whole post was a beautiful setup to a great finishing line.

Thank you!

lru Posted 8 years ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years ago   Favorite
Here's the contact information for Marie-Claire that I found on their marieclaire.com website:

Back Issue Questions
To order back issues of Marie Claire magazine, please call 800-925-0485.

Advertising/Media Kits
To request advertising rates or media kits, write to Marie Claire, Advertising Dept., 300 W. 57th St., 34th Fl., New York, NY 10019.

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To order an international subscription of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire, please call 515-282-1607.

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Thank you for your interest in submitting work to Marie Claire. Please make sure you are familiar with our content by reading previous issues. We prefer to receive story proposals, rather than completed work, so please send a query letter detailing your idea to the address below. If the editors find the subject suitable, they will contact you. Please enclose clips of your previously published materials, which we are unable to return to you. Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.
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lru Posted 8 years ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years ago   Favorite
Here's the Wikipedia article on "This Land is Your Land," which contains the lyrics. You asked for music too, but I've only got text to work with here, so this is all. Maybe the lyrical variations will be interesting as well.

- lru


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land
Introduction section

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"This Land Is Your Land" is one of the United States' most famous folk songs. Its lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 based on an existing melody, in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America", which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. Tired of hearing Kate Smith sing it on the radio, he wrote a response originally called "God Blessed America for Me". Guthrie varied the lyrics over time, sometimes including more overtly political verses in line with his sympathetic views of communism, than appear in recordings or publications.

Guthrie wrote the song in 1940 and recorded it in 1944. The song was not published until 1945, when it was included in a mimeographed booklet of ten songs with typed lyrics and hand drawings. The booklet was sold for twenty-five cents, and copyrighted in 1951.

The first known professionally printed publication was in 1956 by Ludlow Music (now a unit of The Richmond Organization), which administered the publishing rights to Guthrie's tune. Ludlow later issued versions with piano and guitar accompaniments.

In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

1) Melody

Guthrie's melody was very similar to the melody of "Oh, My Loving Brother", a Baptist gospel hymn that had been recorded by the Carter Family as "When the World's On Fire" and had inspired their "Little Darlin', Pal of Mine." He used the same melody for the chorus and the verses.

Guthrie's song, however, had a different melodic structure from the hymn or the similar Carter family melodies, and he used only the first half of those melodies in his song. The melodic structure of the presumed model(s) can be described as "ABCD" -- a new melodic phrase for each of its four lines. Guthrie's structure, however, is "ABAC." In other words, Guthrie repeats the beginning of the melody (the "A" section) for his 3rd line, and for his 4th line ("This land was made for you and me" in the chorus), he uses a melody that is not found in the hymn or in either Carter family melody.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land

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Sections 2 and 3

2) Original 1944 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 went 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 roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While 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
A voice was chanting, As the fog was lifting,
This land was made for you and me.

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.

3) Confirmation of two other verses

A March 1944 recording in the possession of the Smithsonian, the earliest known recording of the song, has the "private property" verse included. This version was recorded the same day as 75 other songs. This was confirmed by several archivists for Smithsonian interviewed as part of the History Channel program Save Our History - Save our Sounds. The 1944 recording with this fourth verse can be found on Woody Guthrie: This Land is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Volume 1, where it is track 14.

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;
This land was made for you and me.

Woody Guthrie has a variant:

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.

It also has a verse:

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.

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?

A 1945 pamphlet which omitted the last two verses has caused some question as to whether the original song did in fact contain the full text. The original manuscript confirms both of these verses.

Like a great many folk songs, the lyrics were sung with different words at various times although the motives for this particular change of lyrics may involve the possible political interpretations of the verses. Recordings of Guthrie have him singing the verses with different words.

lru Posted 8 years ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years ago   Favorite
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4) Modern usage

The song was brought back to life in the 1960s, when several artists of the new folk movement, including Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez and The New Christy Minstrels all recorded versions, inspired by its political message. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded the song in 1962 for their Moving album. The Seekers recorded the song for their 1965 album, A World of Our Own. Bruce Springsteen released a live version of it on Live/1975-85, in which he called it "about one of the most beautiful songs ever written." Numerous records have been released since. Dave Matthews has periodically sung the song's first verse as an outro while performing "Don't Drink The Water". In 2007, Counting Crows released an acoustic version as a bonus track on August and Everything After. The funk/soul group Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings included their rendition on the 2005 record Naturally. Bruce Springsteen once again brought back the song in 2008 as set closer when performing acoustic concerts in support of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama, this time adding a "Yes We Can" chant before and after the song.

The song was sung by Springsteen and Pete Seeger, accompanied by Seeger's grandson, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009. The song was restored to the original lyrics (including the 'There was a big high wall there' and 'Nobody living can ever stop me' verses) for this performance (as per Pete Seeger's request) with the exception of a change in the end of the 'Relief Office' verse to "As they stood hungry, I stood there whistling, This land was made for you and me." The original lyrics are "As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me?"

The song is used during the introduction to the 2009 film Up in the Air, in a version sung by Sharon Jones.

In 2010, Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey, the surviving members of Peter, Paul and Mary, requested that the National Organization for Marriage stop using their recording of "This Land is Your Land" at their rallies, stating in a letter that the organization's philosophy was "directly contrary to the advocacy position" held by the group.

Arlo Guthrie tells a story in concerts on occasion, of his mother returning from a dance tour of China, and reporting around the Guthrie family dinner table that at one point in the tour she was serenaded by Chinese children singing the song. Arlo says Woody was incredulous: "The Chinese? Singing "This land is your land, this land in my land? From California to the New York island?"

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5) Variations

As is the case with many well-known songs, it has been the subject of an enormous number of variations and parodies. They include:

Versions about other countries

Many versions of the song have been recorded, with lyrics adjusted to fit other countries or regions. They include:

* Canada, a version was written and popularized by Canadian folk music group The Travellers in 1955:

This land is your land, This land is my land,
From Bonavista, to Vancouver Island
From the Arctic Circle to the Great Lakes waters,
This land was made for you and me.

...and...

I roamed and I rambled,
And I followed my footsteps
To the fir-clad forests
Of our mighty mountains
And all around me
A voice was calling,
This land was made for you and me.

* Swedish musician Mikael Wiehe has written a text in Swedish, Det här är ditt land.

* The UK anarcho-punk band Zounds rewrote it for their 1981 debut LP, The Curse of Zounds, releasing a remixed CD single version as a fund-raising benefit in 2001. Billy Bragg has used a version of the song with UK specific lyrics in live performances. A version was included on the bonus tracks section of the 2006 re-release of his The Internationale album. Bragg's lyrics begin:

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From the coast of Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands,
From the sacred forests to the holy islands.
This land was made for you and me.

* A Welsh version was recorded by nationalist folk singer Dafydd Iwan. The chorus is:

Mae'n wlad i mi ac mae'n wlad i tithau,
O gopa'r Wyddfa i lawr i'w thraethau,
O'r De i'r Gogledd, o Fôn i Fynwy.
Mae'r wlad hon yn eiddo i ti a mi.

This land is mine and this is yours,
From the top of Snowdon, down to her beaches,
From South to North, from Anglesey to Monmouthshire.
This land was made for you and me.

* In Ireland, many sing the song with this chorus:

This land is your land, this land is my land
From the northern highlands to the western islands
From the hills of Kerry to the streets of (Free) Derry
This land was made for you and me

There is also an Irish rebel song, which is often performed with "Let the People Sing", with the above chorus and other verses, including:

As I went walking, by the Shannon waters
Hand in hand with, my little daughter
With the church bell ringing,
And the children singing,
This land was made for you and me

* Belgian singing duo "Hanny and Adri" made a version in 1969 in Esperanto, titled "Jen Nia Mondo," literally "Behold Our World." The chorus translates as:

Behold my world,
Behold your world,
With mountain snow
And sea wave,
From the tropics
To the poles,
Behold vast world for all of us.

lru Posted 8 years ago. ✓ Mailed 8 years ago   Favorite
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(last part of section 5)

* The U.S. Virgin Islands released a commercial with a song relating to the USVI.

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the Virgin Islands
From the Redwood Forest, to the Caribbean waters
This land is made for you and me

* The Bahamas sings the song with the first verse altered:

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From Grand Bahama down to Inagua
From the Berry Islands, down to Mayaguana
This land is made for you and me

* Namibia also has a version.
* Israel has a version by the Taveners. The lyrics are in Hebrew.

Other variations

The song has been recorded by many performers over the years, ranging from American hardcore band Hated Youth to Turkish performer Nuri Sesigüzel to reggae group The Melodians.

A version called "This badge is your badge", about FC United of Manchester, was written by fan Mickey O'Farrell, and is often sung by fans at the club's matches.

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