Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pete Seeger and the Boss

"A great high wall there that tried to stop me;
A great big sign there said private property;
But on the other side it didn't say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, by the shadow of the steeple,
By the relief office, I saw my people,
As they stood there hungry, I stood there whispering,
This land was made for you and me.

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."

This performance really touched me - I guess because
I see so much wrong in my country, so much that is evil,
and yet I still love this country and the ideals that are
sometimes found here, even as we fail those same ideals.
But even so, even when we fail, this land is your land, this land is my land, to care for during our lifetimes - but never to own, and always to share.

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