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The Revenge Of Puff

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 27, 2010








The national organization for marriage (NOM) wants to keep marriage as a man and woman type of thing. They have a right to say that, and to have rallies where they say that. This is America, and you are entitled to your opinion.

What you are NOT entitled to is the unfettered use of copyrighted material. Someone heard a recording of Peter, Paul, and Mary singing “This land is your land” at a NOM sponsored homonomo happening. This someone sent a letter to Peter Yarrow, who sent a cease and desist letter to NOM. It was co signed by Paul Stookey. Mary Travers passed away last year.

Mr. Stookey wrote “The Wedding Song”, which is as common at weddings as inedible cake. The song…written years before same sex marriage became an issue…does talk about a woman and a man. It also says “Whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name, there is love”. With the royalty revenue from that song, Mr. Stookey has a vested interest in the institution of marriage remaining healthy. Or perhaps, an increase in those revenues from gay marriages. ( In the embedded video, Mr. Stookey uses a rainbow guitar strap.)

As it turns out, author Woody Guthrie never renewed the copyright to TLIYL, and the song is public domain. However, the recorded version by PPM is copyrighted, and belongs to the artists. If they don’t like the way it is being used, they have every right to object.

Mr. Guthrie was not a Republican. He wrote TLIYL as a response to “G-d Bless America” a radio hit of the early forties. The original title was “G-d blessed America for me”. There are lines about private property, that are not included in the popular versions. Somehow, this song is considered a patriotic standard. Grammar school chorus class would not be the same without it.

HT to JoemyG-d . Mr. Joe is going to be on MSNBC at 9:30 Saturday morning. Pictures are from The Library of Congress, a branch of federal big government.





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  1. Michael said, on August 28, 2010 at 8:14 am

    One thing to remember: G-D Bless America was written by a Jewish immigrant from Russia who was continually looking for ways to thank America for giving him the one thing Russia would never give him: a life where he could be himself. And no matter what anyone says, Irving Berlin became America’s greatest songster ever.

    And as far as nom using the Peter, Paul & Mary version of “This Land is Your Land” as its theme song, I’m honestly hoping the organization does not stop using it, because since there is now a “cease and desist,” Peter and Paul can sue the organization and start its death knell. Now wouldn’t that be a good thing?

    • chamblee54 said, on August 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by.
      In a way, “G-d Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” are two sides of the same coin. One is glamorous and showy, and the other bohemian and gritty. They both are valuable contributions to our culture.
      I saw a bumper sticker once, “America Bless G-d”. If anyone wants to use that, go ahead, Just don’t play it at hate rallies.
      While researching this video, I found one of Miss Smith performing GBA at a hockey match in 1976. I was pleased to find the version that I did use. It has an intro that I did not know of.

      • Michael said, on August 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm

        It’s from a movie whose name I do not recall.

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