THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

1988 studio version


Woody Guthrie:This land is your land and 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

Woody and Arlo Guthrie:As I went walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me the golden valley
This land was made for you and me

Arlo Guthrie: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

Bruce Springsteen:I roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
Said this land was made for you and me

Taj Mahal: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
Oh this land was made for you and me

Emmylou Harris:When the sun comes shining and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me

Little Richard:This land is my land, this land is your 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

Bono:As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on that sign there see "No Trespassing"
But on the other side I see nothing
Yeah that sign was made for you and me

Bono:This land is your land
Bruce Springsteen:This land is my land
Arlo Guthrie:From California
Emmylou Harris:To the New York Island
Little Richard:From the Redwood Forest
John Mellencamp and his band:To the Gulf Stream waters
Bono:This land was made for you and me

Bruce Springsteen:Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking the freedom highway
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
Oh this land was made for you and me

John Mellencamp and his band: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

Info

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is a song by Woody Guthrie. See the original Woody Guthrie version for more details.

Bruce Springsteen performed THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND live many times in his career, mostly during The River Tour. Several of his live versions were officially released. See the "Official Releases" and "Live History" sections below for more details.

The above lyrics are for the 1988 studio version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND seen in the A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly home video. The song was performed by an ensemble of musicians (Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Bono, and John Mellencamp and his band) whose parts were taped at different locations and different times (around early 1988) and then mixed together. The mix also incorporates parts from an original Woody Guthrie recording of the song.

Bruce Springsteen performing his part of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (from the "A Vision Shared" documentary)
Bruce Springsteen performing his part of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (from the "A Vision Shared" documentary)

Bruce Springsteen recorded a solo acoustic studio version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND in 2009. See the 2009 studio version for more details.

The Documentary

A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly is a various artists benefit documentary and home video in support of Folkways Records and the Woody Guthrie Archives. Narrated by Robbie Robertson, it features interviews with and performances by leading folk, rock, and country recording artists including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Little Richard, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and others. The documentary premiered on Showtime on 17 Sep 1988 and was released as a home video by Columbia Records later that year. It was originally issued on VHS and Laserdisc and in October 2000 it was reissued on DVD.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band recorded two Woody Guthrie songs for the documentary and homes video, I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE and VIGILANTE MAN. These were recorded live during the private rehearsals that took place in late January and early February 1988 in preparation for the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour. Toby Scott was the audio engineer. Springsteen also appears on an ensemble studio performance of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly
Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly

VHS - Sony Music Video (490062) - USA, 1988
Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly
Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly

LD - Sony Music Video (CMV 6632CB) - USA, 1988

The U.S. laserdisc issue was actually manufactured in Japan for USA and Canada.
Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly
Various artists -- A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly

DVD - Columbia Music Video / Legacy (CVD 49006) - USA, 2000

Along with the documentary and home video Columbia Records also released a various artists tribute album that featured studio versions of I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE and VIGILANTE MAN. All artist royalties from both the album and video supported Folkways Records and the Woody Guthrie Archives which were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987.

As part of its "Interchords" series, Columbia Records also released a limited US-only promotional album containing the soundtrack of the A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly documentary. It includes the same live Feb 1988 versions of I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE and VIGILANTE MAN, studio version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, and interview excerpts.

Various artists -- Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly
Various artists -- Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly

LP - Columbia (CAS 1261) - USA, 1988

Springsteen's Verses

During The River Tour and the Born In The U.S.A. Tour, Bruce Springsteen usually used the chorus and three verses (verse 1, verse 2, and verse 3 below), and occasionally he added one of three more verses. The chorus and the six verses are:

Chorus:Well 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
Well this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 28 Dec 1980 version)

Verse 1:Well once I rode that ribbon highway
I saw above me an endless sky
I saw below me a golden valley
Oh this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 19 Apr 1981 version)

Verse 2:I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
Through the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was crying
It said this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 28 Apr 1981 version)

Verse 3:Well the sun came shining as I went strolling
Through the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
And the bells were ringing and the fog was lifting
And I seen this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 13 May 1981 version)

Verse 4:Now they're dying on the streets of New York and in Liberty City
Down in Harlem County and on the streets of Brixton
People watching, people worry
If this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 26 May 1981 version)

Verse 5:And though they may try, they'll never stop me
And though they may try, they'll never own me
'Cause I am wandering, and I know
That this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 14 Sep 1981 version)

Verse 6:One Sunday morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw the people
And they were hungry and they were wondering
If this land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 04 Sep 1985 version)

The chorus, verse 1, verse 2, and verse 3 are from the original Woody Guthrie version. Verse 4 is written by Springsteen. He used it eight times in Europe in May 1981. Starting from the second performance (28 Apr 1981 in Paris), he modified that verse to include a reference to the Brixton riot that took place on 11 Apr 1981. Verse 5 has some similarities to a verse that Guthrie occasionally used: "Nobody living can ever stop me / As I go walking that freedom highway / Nobody living can ever make me turn back / This land was made for you and me". It seems that Springsteen intended to sing that verse but he forgot the lyrics, so he made them up on the spot (see the live 14 Sep 1981 version). Verse 6 is a verse that Guthrie occasionally used.

When Springsteen performed THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND in a full-band arrangement during The River Tour (see the "Live History" section below), he followed the sequence "verse 1 / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / chorus". When he performed it in a solo acoustic arrangement (sometimes accompanied by piano, see the "Live History" section below), he generally followed the sequence "verse 1 / verse 2 / verse 3 / chorus", with some exceptions:

When Springsteen performed THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND during Born In The U.S.A. Tour (see the "Live History" section below), he generally followed the sequence "verse 1 / verse 2 / verse 3 / chorus", with some exceptions:

When Springsteen performed THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND during the election rallies for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, he used the sequence "verse 1 / verse 2 / verse 3 / verse 6" with the chorus repeated throughout the song:

  • Live 04 Oct 2008 version: "chorus / verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / chorus / verse 6 / chorus / chorus"
  • Live 04 Oct 2008 version: "chorus / verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / verse 6 / chorus / chorus / chorus"
  • Live 06 Oct 2008 version: "chorus / verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / verse 6 / chorus / chorus"
  • Live 02 Nov 2008 version: "chorus / verse 1 / chorus / verse 2 / chorus / verse 3 / verse 6 / chorus / chorus / chorus / chorus"

When Springsteen performed THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND with Pete Seeger and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger during the Barack Obama inaugural celebration concert "We Are One" on 18 Jan 2009, two verses were performed for the first time by Springsteen. These two verses were also performed on 03 May 2009 during The Clearwater Concert. One of these two verses was also performed on 15 Mar 2012 during the South By Southwest music festival and on 18 Oct 2012 during the Barack Obama election rally in Parma, OH.

Verse 7:I climbed a wall there that tried to stop me
A painted sign there said "private property"
But on the other side it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 18 Jan 2009 version)

Verse 8:Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me
(example taken from the live 18 Jan 2009 version)

When Springsteen recorded THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND in studio in 2009 (see the 2009 studio version), he used the sequence "chorus / verse 1 / verse 2 / verse 7 / verse 3 / verse 6 / chorus".

Other Official Releases

Bruce Springsteen also officially released another studio version and seven live versions of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

The People Speak
The 2009 studio version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on The People Speak home video in 2010.[/P]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
The live 29 Dec 1980 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Various artists -- 'Til We Outnumber 'Em
The live 29 Sep 1996 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the various artists album 'Til We Outnumber 'Em in 2000.
Various artists -- By the People, For the People
Video for the live 06 Oct 2008 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was officially released on the soundtrack album By the People, For the People in 2010.
Various artists -- The Official Inaugural Celebration
The live 18 Jan 2009 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the various artists DVD The Official Inaugural Celebration in 2010.
Various artists -- Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration: The Clearwater Concert
The live 03 May 2009 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the various artists DVD Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration: The Clearwater Concert in 2009.

Live History

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND is known to have been performed at least 82 times during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981), including the last 64 consecutive shows of the tour (all shows from 09 Apr 1981 onward). A few setlists from that period are incomplete, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour. During the first North American leg of the tour, the song was played in a full-band arrangement. During the European leg and the second North American leg of the tour, the song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica. Among these acoustic performances, some featured piano accompaniment from Roy Bittan. See the list below for details about individual versions. Some version included an extra verse. See the "Springsteen's Verses" section above for more details. The live 29 Dec 1980 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986. The live 31 Dec 1980 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.

  1. 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (full-band)
  2. 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (full-band)
  3. 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY (full-band)
  4. 26 Jan 1981 at University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (full-band)
  5. 01 Feb 1981 at St. Paul Civic Center Arena, Saint Paul, MN (full-band)
  6. 07 Feb 1981 at University Of Illinois, Champaign, IL (full-band)
  7. 12 Feb 1981 at Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL (full-band)
  8. 13 Feb 1981 at Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (full-band)
  9. 15 Feb 1981 at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL (full-band)
  10. 18 Feb 1981 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL (full-band)
  11. 22 Feb 1981 at Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC (full-band)
  12. 23 Feb 1981 at The Omni, Atlanta, GA (full-band)
  13. 25 Feb 1981 at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN (full-band)
  14. 26 Feb 1981 at Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN (full-band)
  15. 28 Feb 1981 at Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC (full-band)
  16. 02 Mar 1981 at Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA (full-band)
  17. 04 Mar 1981 at Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY (full-band)
  18. 05 Mar 1981 at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN (full-band)
  19. 09 Apr 1981 at ICC Berlin, West Berlin, West Germany (solo acoustic)
  20. 11 Apr 1981 at Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland (solo acoustic)
  21. 14 Apr 1981 at Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany (solo acoustic)
  22. 16 Apr 1981 at Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany (solo acoustic)
  23. 18 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France (solo acoustic, with one verse omitted)
  24. 19 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  25. 21 Apr 1981 at Palau Municipal D'esports, Barcelona, Spain (solo acoustic)
  26. 24 Apr 1981 at Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France (solo acoustic)
  27. 26 Apr 1981 at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium (solo acoustic)
  28. 28 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  29. 29 Apr 1981 at Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo acoustic)
  30. 02 May 1981 at Brondby-Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo acoustic)
  31. 03 May 1981 at Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo acoustic)
  32. 05 May 1981 at Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  33. 07 May 1981 at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  34. 08 May 1981 at Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden (solo acoustic)
  35. 11 May 1981 at City Hall, Newcastle, England (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  36. 13 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  37. 14 May 1981 at Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  38. 16 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  39. 17 May 1981 at Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  40. 20 May 1981 at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  41. 26 May 1981 at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment, with extra verse)
  42. 27 May 1981 at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  43. 29 May 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  44. 30 May 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  45. 01 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  46. 02 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  47. 04 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  48. 05 Jun 1981 at Wembley Arena, London, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  49. 07 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  50. 08 Jun 1981 at Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  51. 02 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  52. 03 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  53. 05 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  54. 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  55. 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  56. 09 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  57. 13 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  58. 15 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  59. 16 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  60. 18 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  61. 19 Jul 1981 at Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  62. 29 Jul 1981 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  63. 30 Jul 1981 at Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  64. 04 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  65. 05 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  66. 07 Aug 1981 at Capital Centre, Largo, MD (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  67. 11 Aug 1981 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  68. 12 Aug 1981 at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  69. 16 Aug 1981 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (acoustic with piano accompaniment)
  70. 17 Aug 1981 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (solo acoustic)
  71. 20 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  72. 21 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  73. 23 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  74. 24 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  75. 27 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  76. 28 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic)
  77. 02 Sep 1981 at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA (solo acoustic)
  78. 08 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL (solo acoustic)
  79. 10 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL (solo acoustic)
  80. 11 Sep 1981 at Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL (solo acoustic)
  81. 13 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH (solo acoustic)
  82. 14 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH (solo acoustic, with extra verse)

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed 20 times during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour (156 dates, June 1984 to October 1985), all during the final leg of the tour (United States, Aug-Oct 1985). On this tour, the song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement. The last nine versions (from 04 Sep 1985 onward) included an extra verse. See the list below and the "Springsteen's Verses" section above for more details.

  1. 07 Aug 1985 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH (solo acoustic)
  2. 09 Aug 1985 at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL (solo acoustic)
  3. 11 Aug 1985 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA (solo acoustic)
  4. 14 Aug 1985 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA (solo acoustic)
  5. 15 Aug 1985 at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, PA (solo acoustic)
  6. 18 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  7. 19 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  8. 21 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  9. 22 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  10. 31 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  11. 01 Sep 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (solo acoustic)
  12. 04 Sep 1985 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  13. 06 Sep 1985 at Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  14. 09 Sep 1985 at Orange Bowl Stadium, Miami, FL (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  15. 13 Sep 1985 at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  16. 18 Sep 1985 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  17. 23 Sep 1985 at Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  18. 27 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  19. 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic, with extra verse)
  20. 02 Oct 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA (solo acoustic, with extra verse)

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed off-tour on 14 Jun 1981 at Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA, during the fourth annual Survival Sunday anti-nuclear benefit. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement. See the live 14 Jun 1981 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed off-tour on 29 Sep 1996 at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH, during a Woody Guthrie tribute concert. The song was played with the concert's all-cast, led by Arlo Guthrie. This live 29 Sep 1996 version was officially released in 2000 on the various artists album 'Til We Outnumber 'Em. See the live 29 Sep 1996 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS MY LAND was performed off-tour on 18 Jan 2009 at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, during the Barack Obama inaugural celebration concert "We Are One". The song was played in an acoustic guitar and percussion arrangement, with Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, and a large choir. The song was also rehearsed the previous day at Lincoln Memorial. The 18 Jan 2009 concert was released on The Official Inaugural Celebration DVD in 2010. See the live 18 Jan 2009 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed off-tour on 03 May 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during The Clearwater Concert. The song was played with the concert's all-cast, led by Pete Seeger. The song was released on the Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration: The Clearwater Concert DVD in 2009. See the live 03 May 2009 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed off-tour on 15 Mar 2012 at Moody Theater in Austin, TX, during the South By Southwest music festival. The song was played in a full-band arrangement with the E Street Band and with many of the night's performers joining in onstage. See the live 15 Mar 2012 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed on all of the four Barack Obama 2008 election rallies on which Springsteen appeared. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement, extended to include four verses plus the chorus repeated at least five times (see the "Springsteen's Verses" section above for more details), and featured the "Yes We Can" chant. Video for the live 06 Oct 2008 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was officially released in 2010 on the soundtrack album By the People, For the People. See the live 04 Oct 2008 version, the live 05 Oct 2008 version, the live 06 Oct 2008 version, and the live 02 Nov 2008 version for more details.

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed on one of the seven Barack Obama 2012 election rallies on which Springsteen appeared. The song was played in a solo guitar and harmonica arrangement. See the live 18 Oct 2012 (Parma, OH) version for more details.

A short solo acoustic version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was performed on 03 Jun 2013 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Italy, during the Wrecking Ball Tour, as an introduction to WE ARE ALIVE (see the live 03 Jun 2013 version), but was not performed on its own on any of the tour's shows.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND on this website:

THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [1988 studio version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [2009 studio version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 28 Dec 1980 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 18 Apr 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 19 Apr 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 28 Apr 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 02 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 05 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 07 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 08 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 11 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 13 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 26 May 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 14 Jun 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 20 Aug 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 14 Sep 1981 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 09 Aug 1985 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 04 Sep 1985 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 06 Sep 1985 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 29 Sep 1996 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 04 Oct 2008 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 05 Oct 2008 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 06 Oct 2008 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 02 Nov 2008 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 18 Jan 2009 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 03 May 2009 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 15 Mar 2012 version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Live 18 Oct 2012 (Parma, OH) version]
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND [Original Woody Guthrie version]

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