This Land Is Your Land

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This Land is Your Land de Woody Guthrie interprétée par Makemi.

This Land Is Your Land est l'une des plus célèbres chansons folkloriques des États-Unis. Les paroles ont été écrites par Woody Guthrie en 1940 sur une musique existante et ce en réponse à God Bless America de Irving Berlin qu'il considérait comme peu réaliste et suffisante. Lassé d'entendre Kate Smith chanter cette chanson, il a écrit une réponse God Blessed America for Me[1] dont il changea les paroles au cours des interprétations, ajoutant parfois des vers plus politiques.

Guthrie a tiré la mélodie de This Land Is Your Land essentiellement de When the World's on Fire, un chant baptiste enregistré par la Carter Family dix ans plus tôt. Cependant, certaines sources pensent qu'une chanson originale de la Carter Family, Little Darlin' Pal of Mine, est la source de mélodie de This Land[2].

Paroles originales (1944)[modifier | modifier le code]

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 sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While All around me a voice was sounding
Saying this land was made for you and me.
The sun came shining, and 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.
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.

Reprise[modifier | modifier le code]

En 2002, Sharon Jones et les Dap-Kings ont repris cette chanson. Les troisième et quatrième couplets sont inspirés de ceux chantés par Woody Guthrie dans le plus ancien enregistrement connu, datant de mars 1944[3]. Les troisième et quatrième couplets de la reprise sont :

As I was walking, now, they tried to stop me[4]
They put up a sign that said, oh, it said: Private Property
Well, on the back side, you know it said nothing
So, it must be that side was made for you and me
One bright sunny morning, well, in the shadow of a steeple
Down by the Welfare office, I saw my people
You know, now, they stood hungry, I stood wondering
I was wondering if this land was made for you and me
This land is your land, this land is my land
From Riverside, California, oh, to Staten Island
Well, oh, down to Modesto, Georgia, oh, don't forget to say Philadelphia, oh
We moving down to Mississippi, oh, Houston, Texas, ah LA
Yeah, you know, ah, this land is your land, this land is my land
This land is your land
You've got to believe, this my land
Ooh, this land was made for you and me

Notes et références[modifier | modifier le code]

  1. Woody Guthrie: this man is your myth, this man is my myth
  2. (en) Ed Cray, Ramblin Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, New York, W. W. Norton & Company,‎ , poche (ISBN 978-0-393-32736-6), p. 165
  3. (en) « This land is your land », sur wikipedia.org (consulté le 7 août 2015)
  4. « Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings:This Land Is Your Land » (consulté le 7 août 2015)

Voir aussi[modifier | modifier le code]

Liens externes[modifier | modifier le code]

Bibliographie[modifier | modifier le code]

  • Ramblin Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. W. W. Norton & Company, 165. ISBN 0393327361.