SPEAK OUT: What's Your Favorite Woody Guthrie Song?

Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birthday, so we're asking you to share your favorite Guthrie ballads with us.

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, and throughout his lifetime, he traveled around the country performing traditional folk and blues.

His songs provided inspiration for the folk movement, and several modern-day artists have cited Guthrie's music as an influence for their own. Many of Guthrie's lyrics reflected his experiences in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression.

His song "This Land Is Your Land" is one of his most famous, and if your family was anything like mine, it's one you probably grew up singing along to. 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birthday, we want to know: What was your favorite Woody Guthrie song? Tell us in the comments.

And check out the "This Land is Your Land: Woody Guthrie at 100" tribute concert being held in honor of his 100th birthday at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in October. 

mary knight July 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM
From dim childhood, the joyful Buffalo Gals. Then, Roll on Columbia; for babies: Swimmy swim - and other sing-along and guitar-along songs. Here is a list: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Lyrics.htm. Will tune the guitar today and do a roll on columbia (with additional lyrics to reflect today's water issues).
Bronco Ktty July 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I larend to play the guitar when I was 12 and the first song I learned was This Land is your Land; it had only 3 chords, like most of his songs and was simple and catchy and I sang in a group of 12 year olds for my middle school, Abraham Lincoln Middle school.
Pachacutec July 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Would have to be "This Land is Your Land;" Good tune and lovely lyrics!


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