Sunday, January 18, 2009
Did you see Pete Seeger singing "This Land is Your Land" today at the Obama festivities? So amazing and touching. He has to be in his nineties. He was having a great time. He got hit hard by Communist accusations in the 50's, and must have been hitting himself on the side of the head today, wondering at what's come to be. And he ran off stage!
This clip is of him with his early (and hugely popular) folk group The Weavers. They sing the song entirely after the early intro. Must be from around 1951 or before. If you don't know anything about Pete Seeger, investigate.
My mother always talked about seeing Gene Autry sing "Irene Goodnight" at Madison Square Garden, on his white horse. I guess that was an ultimate hero experience for her. When I called her today she said she'd been in Washington but hadn't brought a map so she couldn't call me.
The song has humble beginnings, and the lyrics are creepy sad when you think about them. I've heard it so many times. It may just sound melancholy at first, then the creepy part kicks in.