On Woody Guthrie’s Birthday
Rolling Stone is streaming one fo the unreleased songs, “My Name Is New York” and the Wall Street Journal has the story behind “Tom Joad,” as told by Pete Seeger — one of his final interviews before passing away earlier this year.
My name is NY
struc by my rich folks, struck by my bums
Struck by my mansions, struck by my slums
I read mountains of books every day but I’m frisky
I wash out my brain cells wiht 100-proof whisky
I work and I slave and I’m blessed and abused
I waste twice as much as the whole world could use
According to the project’s publicist:
It’s an interesting and unusual project, combining an audio tour of Woody’s NYC narrated by Pete Seeger (one of his last interviews before he died), Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, his children Arlo and Nora, and others with a CD that brings together a bunch of his New York-specific songs, both originals and covers.