• http://environy.weblogger.com Stumpy Delko

    A little tangential but … It’s more than just “said” that such verses exist.

    The similar verse in Guthrie’s handwritten composition, dated Feb. 23, 1940, and printed in Joe Klein’s biography of Guthrie, is:

    Was a big high wall there that tried to stop me
    A sign was painted said: Private Property
    But on the back side it didn’t say nothing –
    This land was made for you and me.

    And Guthrie sings the verse in one of the versions he recorded for Moe Asch.