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DonMeixner This land is WHOSE land? (117* d) RE: This land is WHOSE land? 18 Jul 20

I don't believe I said the song should be changed. I like it as it is. I meant to say that Woody gave us permission to do so in his statement on song writing. I don't know what "The Communist Verses" are. And I don't think it really matters. For the most part we all sing the songs as we learned them. From what source we learned them. Because my source gave me "Can't Help But Wonder" in the wrong verse order I still do it that way, probably always will.

To my way of thinking, unless the song is co-opted for some other purpose, as long as the original intent is there, make your own arrangements. The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul, and Mary certainly did.

Woody wrote lyrics on the fly. Who is to say there aren't dozens of verses out in the ether that were linked only to a specific rally or meeting and were never meant to go beyond that particular Union hall.

Do we dissect Tom Paxton's "The Man Who Built The Bridges," Phil Och's, "Power and Glory," Eric Anderson's " My Land is A Good Land." next? It is a rare song that is so perfect that it doesn't bear some scrutiny or stand the test of time.


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