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Song To Woody Lyrics

I'm out here a thousand miles from my home,
Walkin' a road other men have gone down.
I'm seein' your world of people and things,
Your paupers and peasants and princes and kings.

Hey, hey Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song
'Bout a funny ol'...

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    anonymous
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    Nov 12th, 2006 11:05am report


    He did not write this song in honour of woody guthrie's death because this song came before that. Bob wrote this song in 1962 and woody died in 1967. He wrote this song for woody because he was such a major influence in his music. Bob did not want to follow woody's exact footprints in music, so before he took his own path he wrote this song. Its very obvious in the last line that bob did not want to follow the same path.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2006 10:39pm report


    He was obviously honoring the death of woody guthrie, and writing about how woody and all ground breakers (sisco, ledbelly, etc) inspired him. He also talks about traveling down the road (representing his artist journey that continues after woody), and:
    "the very last thing that i'd want to do, is to say I've been hitting some hard traveling too."
    which of course was a song of woody's (hard travelling), indicating that he does not want to steal his music or rip him off, but that he is respectful of his talents and will take woody's music with him on his journey.




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