I get a lot of questions about Woody’s lyrics. People are naturally drawn to his writing style because it is bold, full of depth, and extremely playful (even when delivering disheartening news). We love passionate people, like Woody, because they bring out our own hidden abilities and creativity. They allow us to be more than the norm, the rules, the current social scripts. We need this growth and crave this kind of freedom in our lives.
We have thousands of lyrics here in the Center’s Archives, and the words to his published songs can be found on the Woody Guthrie Publications Website, here: http://woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Lyrics.htm
I invite you to read some of the published lyrics and become connected with Woody, through his words, hopefully understanding his message even more.