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The New York Times: John Mellencamp’s Poetic Tribute To Woody Guthrie
07.11.2012 - By THE NEW YORK TIMES
In this week’s Arts & Leisure section, Larry Rohter writes about “Woody at 100,” a new collection released on Tuesday. The three-CD set commemorates the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth on July 14.

John Mellencamp, a fan of Guthrie’s since his childhood in Indiana, has recorded Guthrie compositions like “Do Re Mi” and “Johnny Hart.” For the 100th anniversary of Guthrie’s birth Mr. Mellencamp has written this poem as a tribute:

You know there’s a certain kind of individual

Who always takes the rough side

The side that nobody else wants to take

Most folks are content to take the path of least resistance

To sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by

And yell obscenities from the dark

Not this bird

He has no desire to take the easy way out

He sees the world through a long lens

And through that lens he knows

How out of kilter this place really is

He has no desire for riches

For ass-kissing, for fitting in

Or being at the right place at the right time

No, for him it’s just the opposite

Quite the contrary

It seems like he’s always in the wrong place

At the wrong time

He knows the world is full of hypocrisy

And is hyper aware of his own

This bird is not afraid to fight

To love

To get so far out there in the bones

That it would hurt our feet just to walk down his highway

But this bird soars wings on

This bird keeps us on guard

And honest

As the rest of us can be

This bird don’t mind volunteering

Is not afraid to lose

Is too moral to be a whore

And too honest to steal

But cares enough to write it all down in song ….

This bird is Woody Guthrie

And he dares you to fill his footprint

And so do I


Johnny Hart by W.Guthrie

Me? Aint got nothing to say...but...for those of you who haven't, john's people may surprise us all with permission to make sure we all read the lyrics to "Johnny Hart".Now I know. Or they'll nix on it! Then I'll write my own little dit. Johnny Hart by W.Guthrie "Hey, wait! This is not Alice's Restaurant!" johnny hart, he was a pesky little man, who raised a pack of pickles every day..cut down a man on the free state line, man... you should've seen johnny hart getting away, dear Lord, see johnny hart gettin' away! Johnny Hart made a run for the free state line, it was there he thought he'd be free...but a man come awalkin' and grabbed him by the arm, he said, "sonny, come along with me, poor boy...johnny, come along wiht me! Johnny Hart, he called his mom and dad, he said, "Come and go my fare..." But money wouldn't go his merry they laid johnny hart back in jail, poor guy...they laid johnny hart back in jail. Now the first one to visit johnny hart in jail was a girl with a rag on her head...she said,that, "Rather than see you in this jail, I believe I would rather see you dead, dear Lord...I believe I would rather see you dead...'' Now the second to visit johnny hart in jail, was his life and wife, she was so great...she was "checkin' out the cell for a cottage sheet, so they could make it into long, winding chains, dear Lord...make it into winding chains." So there he stood in his jeese-yeah, and a tear rolled down his face,he said, "Rather be your slave than rot in your grave... we can "make it to the handgun ground" mister jailor, "make it to the handgun ground..." There are guards to the east and guards to the west and guards this whole world through... if I ever break loose of this "one-and-uh-two-and-uh..." ...come on out and ask it for the truth, "that's hel lado, honey!" What a trade! Just "ask him for the truth!" truly yours, reisa gerber

Posted by 2012-07-23 19:20:20.

Woody stated it all so clearly

Maybe if I hadn´t of seen so much hard feelings I might not could have felt other people´s So when you think of me, if and when you do, Just say, well, another man´s done gone Well, another man´s done gone It's easier to accept your place is to walk the hard side having done it before, than to be a spectator and watch another walk it.

Posted by bbaillie 2012-07-14 19:31:21.

I went to the Lips official site and hit the link for this show. It said "All artists will perform classic Woody Guthrie songs." So it'll be unique. Bathroom Cabinets

Posted by KarenMarcus 2012-07-14 02:58:29.





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