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Google Doodle Celebrates Independence Day with Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land"

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Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Google is celebrating in subdued style with a patriotic Doodle that quotes a lyric from Woodie Guthrie’s famous ode to America, This Land Is Your Land. The red, white and blue Doodle says in a fancy country font, “This land was made for you and me.” The line is from one of the most popular American folk songs in history, but do you know the words past the first verse? Here’s Guthrie singing the song he wrote in 1940 and recorded in 1944, in response to Irving Berlin’s God Bless America:

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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.

For more on the many artists who have recorded versions over the years, visit Wikipedia.

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