In 1987, Bernie Sanders recorded a folk album with a group of Vermont artists. He performed several American classics, including Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” In 2016, Vermont’s music community came together once again to show support for Sanders’ campaign for presidency and the positive message of the song. The performance is a lively and nearly celebratory take on the traditional tune, symbolic of the hope that Sanders has inspired in Vermont and beyond. The support from this community is representative of the genuinely positive effect that Sanders has had in his years of service to the town of Burlington and the state of Vermont. His compassion and empathy for his fellow man have carried his message to the forefront of the world’s political stage, and fittingly, a selection of wonderful people that he has helped directly as Mayor, Congressman, and Senator have offered their appreciation and support for his social philosophy through this timeless piece of music. Since its release, this video has been supported by hundreds of thousands across the country and even by Senator Sanders himself. Let’s keep the movement rolling by keeping the music alive. Post your own version of the song on social media using the hashtag #thislandisyourland and let your voice be heard.
Due to overwhelming demand (and support from Bernie Sanders himself), the audio for “This Land Is Your Land” is now available as a free download via SoundCloud. Please click here or on the “download” arrow on the SoundCloud player below to start your download.