Wednesday, April 09, 2008


by Tim MacSweeney

Beyond the new signs, there were other signs of an ancient landscape.


pwax said...

It is always awkward when you are sneaking around at the back of a shooting range (having started early in the morning) to hear the banging of guns begin as the day advances. Otherwise I would say: interpret "trasspassing" as "damage"; vow to not do it; then get in there for some better pictures.

Tim MacSweeney said...

I'll often sing this to myself:

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 was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!

And then the chorus again!

Norman said...

Ever read the book Trespassing by John Hanson Mitchell? He would appreciate that new version of the Guthrie song.

pwax said...

I enjoyed reading that and believe it has more material about rock piles than his other books. I also enjoyed trying to track down some of what he describes in Littleton.

I think those words are part of the original Guthrie sone

Tim MacSweeney said...

Well, I meant to read Tresspassing but haven't -yet.
Woody wrote the song as a response to "God Bless America," called his song "God Already Blessed America" before using the "This Land" title.
People often leave some original verses out, like the sign thing.
He encouraged people to make up their own verses. He had an Indian friend who made up the verse:
"This land was my land, but now it's your land...this land was stole(n) by you from me..."

Anonymous said...

Tresspassing is a crime violators WILL be prosecuted- Private POSTED landowner