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This Land Is Your Land In Pictures

American Cross Country Road Trip

No American can claim to know this great country, without a cross-country road trip under their belt. Each region is different with vast shifts in altitude, climate, geography, culture, politics and personality.

I say this after my own first cross-country road trip opened my eyes to my own ignorance at home. In the past, I’ve been braggadocio, preferring travel oversees. This year, I stopped taking America for granted and explored her.

State to state, America and her people are a diverse beautiful land. That diversity those differences, faces and voices is what make us America.

Woody Guthrie This Land Is Your Land Lyrics

Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land Lyrics Reflect America Today.

This land is your land
This land is my land
From California
ALOR Point Reyes California
ALOR Point Reyes California

To the New York Island

Surrender your ego by Paolo Ferraris Colors
Surrender your ego by Paolo Ferraris Colors

From the Redwood Forest

To the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me.

 

Redwoods in California
Redwoods in California

As I went walking that ribbon of highway

 

Fun Is On The Road by Paolo Ferraris Colors (Texas)
Fun Is On The Road by Paolo Ferraris Colors (Texas)

And I saw above me that endless skyways

Lewis River
Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park

I saw below me that golden valley, this land was made for you and me.

Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River

I roamed and rambled and 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.

Confidence by Paolo Ferraris Colors in White Sands New Mexico
Confidence by Paolo Ferraris Colors in White Sands New Mexico

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing,

This land was made for you and me.

Life by Paolo Ferraris Colors
Life by Paolo Ferraris Colors

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling

John Wayne by Paolo Ferraris Colors
John Wayne by Paolo Ferraris Colors

In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling;

The Iowa of my Youth
The Iowa of my Youth

The voice was chanting, as the fog was lifting, This land was made for you and me.

Barely Afloat by Paolo Ferraris Colors (San Fransicso)
Barely Afloat by Paolo Ferraris Colors (San Francisco)

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office I saw my people
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering if this land was made for you and me.

You Forgot About Me by Paolo Ferraris Colors
You Forgot About Me by Paolo Ferraris Colors

Not the lyrics you were expecting?

The Story Behind America’s Alternative Anthem

Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.

As Americans it is our responsibility to be proud of this diversity.

There is much division this year. We all find it painful.

Let us remember, this land is made for you AND me. When we forget that, we forget who we are.

See more of the reasons I’m proud to be an American through our cross-country road trip photography. 

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