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January 19, 2009

monday morning music: this land is your land
posted by soe 4:56 am

This is the penultimate song from yesterday’s concert, as led by Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao Seeger-Rodriguez, Bruce Springsteen, and the Washington Youth Choir. While Garth Brooks may have done best at getting the crowd dancing and Beyoncé may have gotten the most cheers, I think this number was the one that made people feel most like they were part of something bigger than themselves.

I suggest you turn up your speakers and sing along when Pete exhorts you to:

We know the crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument and rumor has it that it may have amassed as far back as the Smithsonian Castle… We do know that they turned people back from the barricades when the magic number reached 350,000 — and that was only as far as the World War II Memorial. Easily half a million people singing along to Woody Guthrie’s most famous song.

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