“This Land is Your Land,” sung by Barbara Cohen
- Source: Barbara Cohen
- Year: 2011
- Submitted by: Elana Mann
Woody Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land” in 1940, after feeling frustrated by Irving Berlin’s song, “God Bless America,” which was playing repeatedly on the radio. The melody for “This Land is Your Land” was adapted from an old gospel song, “Oh My Loving Brother.” Guthrie made his first recording of the song in 1944, which omitted some of the more subversive lyrics. The song became an anthem for the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has been used in many protests since that time. In 2011, musician Barbara Cohen made this recording of “This Land is Your Land” in her studio in Los Angeles, CA.