[A-List] Ballad for Americans
michael.hudson at earthlink.net
Wed Jan 21 17:24:05 MST 2009
OK. Fair enough. I was talking about New York City parties in the 1960s (to
make a pun).
On 1/21/09 6:57 PM, "Carrol Cox" <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:
> Michael Hudson wrote:
>> Those certainly are NOT the lyrics that I learned growing up.
>> Our lyrics were:
> Very nice. But this take-off does obscure Guthrie's original impetus for
> the song. Though that might not matter because it's pretty well hidden
> by the ways in which the song has been used. But what triggered the song
> was that he had just heard Irving Belin's "God Bless America," became
> very angry, and went into the recording studio (I forget the man's name
> who ran it though he's well known) the next morning and reco4rded This
> Land . . .as a 'reply' to berlin. He thought the song would be very
> unpopular, as it would have been in its full version.
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