THE SONGS OF WOODY GUTHRIE



from David Arkush's Woody Guthrie Pages

Copyrighted material on these pages only for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis

Woody is just Woody. Thousands of people do not know he has any other name. He is just a voice and a guitar. He sings the songs of a people and I suspect that he is, in a way, that people. Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen. There is the will of the people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American spirit.

John Steinbeck; quoted in Joe Klein, Woody Guthrie: A Life, London, 1981, p. 160.

OUTLAWS & BADMEN (AND -WOMEN)

"DEPORTEES..."

FROM THE DUST BOWL TO THE PEACH BOWL

"BALLADS OF SACCO & VANZETTI" (FOLKWAYS, 1946)

SONGS OF LABOR & STRUGGLE

WORLD WAR II

MISCELLANEOUS SONGS

VD SONGS (1940s)

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT: I suppose I taught Bobby a few of my songs. Those old VD songs by Woody that nobody wanted the young kids to know, he picked them up from me....
quoted in Robert Shelton, No Direction Home, London 1987, p. 104

SOME OF WOODY'S PROSE

TRIBUTES

WOODY GUTHRIE LINKS

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