Saturday, July 2, 2011

~~~~~~~AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL~~~~~~~ Happy 4th of July


I'm so excited to be able to take a few days off to spend time with my family and close friends!  I hope each of you have a happy and safe 4th of July!
I will be away until at least the 5th! 

A couple of years ago I shared with you the words to one of my favorite "Americana Songs".  It was written by Woody Guthrie, a man I just happen to be related to.
(I love name dropping!!!)  :)
Here's the connection...Woody's father was the brother to my Great-Grandmother [Guthrie] Moore, which made him a first cousin to my Grandmother [Moore] Elliott!
I love the song so much I decided to share the lyrics with you again. 

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 sparking sands of her diamond deserts,
All around me a voice was sounding,
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, then 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.

One bright sunny morning, in the shadow of the steeple,

By the relief office I saw my people,
As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering if,
This land was made for you and me.

Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me,

Was a great big sign that said, "Private Property,"
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me,

As I go walking my freedom highway,
Nobody living can make me turn back,
This land was made for you and me.



Love to you~


Julie Marie said...

Happy Fourth of July my friend!... and God bless America!... xoxo Julie Marie

Chatty Crone said...

Happy 4th to you!

I am so grateful to live here and for all the men and women who have fought to give us our freedoms!

Jan's Blog said...

Just Lovely...

Theresa said...

Thank you my friend for sharing those Lyrics! Great song, this land IS my land:) Have a blessed day, HUGS!

Anonymous said...

Ahhhhh... Another name dropper ! ! Dontcha' love it??!!
Happy 4th!!

NanaDiana said...

I have always loved that song. I think my favorite rendition of it was done by Peter, Paul & Mary! Have a wonderful, blessed 4th with your family! xo Diana

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Enjoy the time with your family! Have a great 4th!

Linda said...

That's a good song! I remember it. Wow! You are practically famous since "Woody's father was your great-grandmother's brother"!!! I got a good chuckle with that one. (:>)

You are so cute!

Happy 4th..Have Fun

Love, Linda

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Happy 235th Birthday of the USA. We've not celebrated the 4th of July as citizens from the beginning but this marks the 18th occasion and we're proud of it!

Lots of love,


Rita said...

I love America and am so blessed to live here! Happy 4th to you. How exciting that your kinfolk wrote this!

Sonya Badgley said...

Hello sweet Rebecca,
I hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends. Thank you for sharing your "cousin's" song with us! ;) I remember singing this song in school. I betcha they don't anymore, do they? *sigh* Where did the good ol' days go?

Happy 4th, dear friend.

Cottage Rose said...

Wow that is exciting to have a famous relative,,, I love that song too....
Sounds like you are going to have a great 4th,,,,,have a wonderful time with your loved ones and friends..


Eclectic Chic Style said...

Happy 4th to you and yours!! Love that song too, I remember singing it as a little girl. Thank you SO MUCH for being my first follower, it means alot!! Wishing you a safe and fun holiday weekend.
Many Blessings!

Lavender Cottage said...

Happy July 4 Rebecca. Enjoy your holiday - and I remember this song.

Jan M said...

Enjoy making special memories with your family and friends!
Happy 4th!

Gert said...

Sounds like you are in for a busy and joyful weekend! Thanks for those wonderful lyrics!!!

Name dropping?? Word has it my Great Grandfather was friends of Abe Lincoln... smile... (not a relative...just a friend..but there is a great story behind that friendship!)

xoxo Gert

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing a wonderful post. Love Woodie Guthrie and Celebrating America.
Enjoy it to the fullest.

Stacey said...

Well how fun to be related to someone so notable. Happy 4th to you and your family. Try to stay cool!

Maria said...

Happy Fourth to you too, Rebecca!
Thank you for reminding us of our blessed land ~ Gift from God above*
as are you,
~bless you and keep you always,

NanaNor's said...

Happy 4th of July Rebecca, This morning when I was trying to decide which song to post, this was my second choice-probably because I sang it so much in high school. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Happy 4th Rebecca!
Hugs, Laura

Decor To Adore said...

Happy 4th to you! I hope you enjoy your time away.

GwendolynKay said...

I love this song! I remember learning it as a young girl. How nice you are related to the writer... You are a celebrity in your own right!
Blessings and hugs~

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