THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

Live 06 Oct 2008 version


[Spoken intro:] Obama. Obama. Got one more for you Ypsilanti. Alright. Yeah, alright. Close to Ann Arbor, is that where we gonna be? I think I opened for Black Oak Arkansas there. Hey, who remembers Black Oak Arkansas, I don't know even. (chuckles) Alright. Alright, here we go. Give me a little ???.

Yes we can!
Come on! Yes we can!
Say it! Yes we can!
Go! Yes we can!
Go! Yes we can!
Go ahead! Yes we can!
Shh! Yes we can!
Yes we can!
Yes we can!

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
Yeah this land was made for you and me

As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me the endless sky
I saw below me a golden valley
Yeah 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 Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
Yeah this land was made for you and me

I roamed and I rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
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 Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
Yeah this land was made for you and me

Well the sun come shining as I was strolling
Through the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
And the fog was lifting and a voice come chanting
Yeah this land was made for you and me

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people
And some are grumbling and some are wondering
If this land's still 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 Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
Yeah this land was made for you and me

Let them hear you in Washington!

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
Yeah this land was made for you and me

Yeah!

Yes we can!
Yes we can!
Say it! Yes we can!
Say! Yes we can!
It's up to you, say! Yes we can!
Yes we can!
Yes we can!
Yes we can!

[Spoken outro:] Thank you Michigan, thank you Ypsilanti. Support Senator Obama and John Biden, vote! Let's take it over ???.


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 06 Oct 2008 performance of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND at Oestrike Stadium in Ypsilanti, MI, during the third of the four Vote For Change events on which Bruce Springsteen appeared. The song was played in a solo acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement. At the beginning and at the end of the song, Springsteen led the crowd into the "Yes we can" chant (marked in bold) while stumping his guitar. The last chorus was sung along with the crowd.

In 2008, Bruce Springsteen appeared on four election rallies for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. These election rallies were billed as "Vote For Change". Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and harmonica, Springsteen performed six to eight songs on each of the four rallies.

Official Release

Video for this live 06 Oct 2008 version of THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND was officially released in 2010 on By the People, For the People, an iTunes exclusive soundtrack album inspired by the HBO documentary By the People: The Election Of Barack Obama. The digital-only compilation consists of 13 non-Springsteen audio tracks, plus the bonus Springsteen video.

Various artists -- By the People, For the People (album cover art)
Various artists -- By the People, For the People (album cover art)

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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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