THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

Live 30 Sep 1985 version


[Spoken intro:] Thanks. I'd like to uh... just take a second and thank everybody for coming down to the show tonight, thank you very much. (cheers) Oh, I'd like to do a song for you, that I guess uh... is about the greatest song ever written about America. And it's by Woody Guthrie.... and what's so great about it is it gets, it gets right to the heart of the promise of what our country was supposed to be about. And I guess I don't know if you talk to some of the unemployed steelworkers from East L.A. or Pittsburg or Gary... there are a lot of people out there whose jobs are disappearing. I don't know if they feel this song is true anymore. And uh... I'm not sure that it is but I know, I know that it ought to be. So, uh, I'd like to do this for you reminding you that with countries, just like with people, it's easy to let the best of yourself slip away.

Well once I rode that ribbon highway
I saw above me the endless sky
I saw below me a golden valley
Now this land was made for you and me

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 sounding
It cried this land was made for you and me

Well the sun came shining as I went strolling
Through the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
And the bells were ringing as the fog was lifting
And I seen this land was made for you and me

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

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forests to the Gulf Stream waters
Yeah this land was made for you and me


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 30 Sep 1985 performance of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement and is one of nine on this tour that feature an extra verse. Video footage for the complete live 30 Sep 1985 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (including the spoken introduction staring from "I'd like to do a song for you ...") was broadcast on ABC during the 27 Feb 1986 episode of 20/20.


The 30 Sep 1985 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band wrapped up the Born In The U.S.A. Tour with a series of four consecutive sold-out concerts at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA: 27 Sep, 28 Sep, 30 Sep, and 02 Oct 1985. The 30 Sep 1985 show later became one of the main sources for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes eight recordings from this show. Video clips for two of these songs were released on Springsteen's Video Anthology / 1978-88 home video in 1989. Additionally several pro-shot clips from this show appeared in the BBC documentary Glory Days and in the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 in 1986.

Ticket stub for the 30 Sep 1985 show at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket stub for the 30 Sep 1985 show at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

  1. BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  2. BADLANDS
  3. DARLINGTON COUNTY
  4. JOHNNY 99
  5. SEEDS
  6. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  7. THE RIVER
  8. WAR
  9. WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY
  10. TRAPPED
  11. OUT IN THE STREET
  12. I'M GOIN' DOWN
  13. GLORY DAYS
  14. THE PROMISED LAND
  15. MY HOMETOWN
  16. THUNDER ROAD
  17. COVER ME
  18. DANCING IN THE DARK
  19. HUNGRY HEART
  20. CADILLAC RANCH
  21. NO SURRENDER
  22. I'M ON FIRE
  23. PINK CADILLAC
  24. BOBBY JEAN
  25. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
  26. BORN TO RUN
  27. RAMROD
  28. TWIST AND SHOUT
  29. STAND ON IT
  30. TRAVELIN' BAND
  31. ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

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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