Golden Gate Bridge

For some reason, the Golden Gate Bridge always makes me think of the song “This Land is Your Land” even though it isn’t mentioned. Perhaps because it is the way to get to the Redwood Forest, or perhaps because it too is part of “this ribbon of highway.” Even the name “Golden Gate Bridge” implies endless possibilities (or proximity to really great Chinese food).

Golden Gate Bridge

Whoa–they left those last two verses out of my elementary school music book (see below)!

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 is made for you and me.

As I go walking this ribbon of highway
I see above me the endless skyway
And all around me the wind keeps saying:
This land is made for you and me.

I roam and I ramble and I follow my footsteps
Till I come to the sands of her mineral desert
The mist is lifting and the voice is saying:
This land is made for you and me.

Where the wind is blowing I go a strolling
The wheat field waving and the dust a rolling
The fog is lifting and the wind is saying:
This land is made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land is 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?

As I went walking, I saw a sign there;
And on the sign there, it said, ‘No Trespassing.’
But on the other side; it didn’t say nothing!
That side was made for you and me.

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2 Responses to “Golden Gate Bridge”

  1. Aaron Proctor Says:

    Love that song.

  2. xpaulitician Says:

    The ultimate co-opted protest song.

    Woody Guthrie rocked before there was rock.

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