This Land Is Your Land Analysis
But was it originally intended to be as patriotic as everyone thinks it is? This poem started out as Woody Guthrie’s rebuttal of Irving Berlin’s patriotic song God Bless America. Guthrie disliked the song because he felt that “if God was going to bless America…why was He waiting so long?” (Santelli Ch. 3). He believed that the song didn’t take the side if the hard working people. The first few verses of the poem describe “idyllic visions” of America; however, the poem begins to have an “overtly political” feel in the poems fourth verse (Santelli Ch. 3). One April 25, 1944, Guthrie recorded God Blessed America for the first time, but the title was changed to This Land Is My Land (Santelli Ch.). The first time that the This Land Is My Land or This Land, Guthrie could not decide which title to use, was heard on the radio was in 1945 when Woody Guthrie on a radio show called American Music Festival; Guthrie later used This Land Is My Land as the theme of his short lived radio program called The Ballad Gazette (Santelli Ch.