Tomorrow’s Blue America special guest is Sam Bennett from Pennsylvania’s Leigh Valley (PA-15). When Darcy Burner said we need “more and better Democrats,” she could have been talking about Sam. Come by and meet her tomorrow at Firedoglake, 2pm, EDT. When I asked her what music she likes, she went right to “This Land is Our Land” and specified her favorite version is the original by Woody Guthrie who wrote the song in 1940 as a kind of workingmen’s answer to “God Bless America.” It’s based on an old Baptist hymn.
And of course Sam isn’t the only fan of Woody’s fantastic American anthem. Listen to his son Arlo do it– along with Bruce Springsteen, Taj mahal, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Bono and John Mellancamp do it. There have been versions by Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, and… Bush’s father used it as his campaign theme song.