"As through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six gun
And some with a fountain pen.
And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You'll never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home."
Today marks the centennial birthday of Woody Guthrie. The man wrote some of the most direct and eloquent songs concerning our country: he spoke out against our gross failures and social injustices, and stood up for America's most marginalized people, while also celebrating the intense beauty and richness of our unique heritage. Unfortunately not everyone listened, and to this day I think many folks could stand to give a good hard listen to Guthrie's songs and ideas.
Happy birthday, Mr. Guthrie!