January 20, 2009

Pete Seeger on the Mall

Barack Obama invited life-long political activist Pete Seeger to lead the singing of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land. It is chilling and wonderful with all the original, usually censored, verses included. I confess to be caught up in the hope and possibility.

"There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
That side was made for you and me".

2 comments:

Sarah said...

This is very moving. I think if Pete Seeger died right now he would die very happy. I don't think he would have ever dreamed he would be singing those verses at the inauguration of a president of the USA in his life time.
Thanks for posting it. I would have missed it otherwise.

JimETC said...

thanks! this just made my day...