The Waterboys: “This Land Is Your Land” from Fisherman’s Blues

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About “This Land Is Your Land”

“This Land Is Your Land” is a hidden song by The Waterboys from their album Fisherman’s Blues.

A sub-one minute snippet of “This Land Is Your Land,” one of the most iconic and enduring folk songs in American history. It was originally written by folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1940 as a response to what he saw as an overly patriotic and exclusionary view of America presented in Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” Guthrie’s song was meant to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the American landscape and its people.

The lyrics of “This Land Is Your Land” touch upon various regions of the United States and convey a sense of unity and shared ownership of the land. It speaks to the ideals of equality and inclusivity, emphasizing that America belongs to all its citizens, regardless of their background. Some of the original verses, often omitted in popular renditions, contain more overtly political and critical messages about poverty and social inequality, reflecting Guthrie’s own progressive views.

Over the years, the song has become a symbol of Americana and has been covered by numerous artists, adapted for various social and political causes, and sung in countless settings, from schools to protests. Its timeless message of unity, freedom, and inclusivity continues to resonate with people across the United States and around the world.

About Fisherman’s Blues

The Waterboys’ 1988 album, Fisherman’s Blues, is a folk-rock masterpiece that represents a pivotal moment in the band’s career. Mike Scott, the band’s visionary frontman, shifted their sound dramatically, infusing Celtic folk influences into their rock roots. The title track, “Fisherman’s Blues,” is an anthem of longing and wanderlust, reflecting the album’s thematic depth.

Throughout the record, Scott’s poetic lyrics and soulful melodies are complemented by fiddles, mandolins, and traditional instruments. Songs like “And a Bang on the Ear” and “World Party” are rich in storytelling and emotional resonance. Fisherman’s Blues is a timeless exploration of love, spirituality, and the open road, leaving an indelible mark on folk and rock music.

In 2013, a 6-disc retrospective box set titled Fisherman’s Box was issued with outtakes from the album’s recording sessions, including a full-length version of “This Land Is Your Land”.

How to find “This Land Is Your Land”

On CD: Go directly to track #13

Listen to “This Land Is Your Land”

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