Few songs are as closely associated with America as Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land is Your Land.” Part appreciation, part protest, it celebrates all that is right about America while — in its oft-discussed fourth verse — pointing out what’s wrong. Its lyrics are carved so deep into American culture that to even read them is to start singing them: “This land is your land, this land is my land…” They sound simple on the surface but, in fact, they are a powerful declaration: that this country belongs to all of us and none of us — that it’s a shared experience, something that can only be enjoyed when there’s room enough for all.
This Fourth of July, in honor of that great spirit, and in honor of Woody’s incredible ability to create richly-drawn characters in each of his songs, we present a map drawn by illustrator Aaron Meshon depicting 20 of Woody’s most famous compositions. How many can you find?
[You can buy more of Aaron's excellent work from his Etsy shop]