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Pastures Of Plenty

Woody Guthrie © 1960 (renewed), 1963 (renewed) TRO-Ludlow Music Inc


Feb/Mar 1961
THE DYLAN'S ROOT (T-101)

East Orange tape, The Home of Bob and Sid Gleason, East Orange NJ - February or March 1961  

It's a mighty hard row that my poor hands have hoed
My poor feet have travelled a hot dusty road
Out of your dust-bowl and westward we rolled
And your deserts were hot and your mounatins were cold.

I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
I slept on the ground in the light of your moon
On the edge of your coty you'll see us and then
We come with the dust and we go with the wind.

California, Arizona, i made all your crops
And it's north up to Oregon to gather your hops
Dig the beets from your ground, cut the grapes from your wines
To set on your table your sparkling wine.

Green pastures of plenty from dry desert ground
From the Grand Coulee Dam where the waters run down
Every state in this union us migrants has been
We'll work in this fight and we'll fight till we win.

It's always we've rambled that river and i
All along your green valley i will work till i die
My land i'll defend with my life if it be
'Cause my pastures of plenty must always be free.
    

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Pastures Of Plenty


May 1961
THE MINNESOTA TAPES (T-318)
THE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE (BD Archive)

Minnesota Party tape 1961, Minneapolis MN - May 1961  

It's a mighty hard row that my poor hands have hoed
My poor feet have traveled a hot dusty road
Out of your dust-bowl, westward we rolled
And your desert was hot and your mountains were cold.

California, Arizona, i made all your crops
And it's north up to Oregon to gather your hops
Dig the beets from your ground, pull the grapes from your wines
To set on your table of your sparkling wine.

Well, I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
and I slept on the ground in the light of your moon
Every state in this union us migrants has been
We will work in this fight and we'll fight till we win.

Green pastures of plenty from a dry desert ground
From the Grand Coulee Dam where the waters run down
Every state in this union us migrants has been
Where we come with the dust and we're gone with the wind.

It's always we've rambled that river and i
All along your green valleys i'll work till i die
This land i'll defend with my life if it be
'Cause my pastures of plenty they must always be free.
    

Recording dates & record list

May 1960I WAS SO MUCH YOUNGER THEN Vol. 2 (Ten Thousand For A Tape) (bootleg)
Feb/Mar 1961 1THE DYLAN'S ROOT (bootleg)
May 1961 2THE MINNESOTA TAPES (bootleg)
THE MINNEAPOLIS PARTY TAPE (BD Archive)