Woody Guthrie’s first Daily Worker column
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The national debt is one thing I caint figger out. I heard a senator on a radio a saying that we owed somebody 16 jillion dollers. I don’t know their name, but I remember the price. Called it the national debt. If the nation is the government and the government is the people, then I guess the people owes the people, that means I owe me and you owe you, and I forget the regular fee, but if I owe myself something, I would be a willing just to call it off rather than have the senators argue about it, and I know you would do the same and then we wouldn’t have no national debt.


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Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie, July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967. When it comes to rousing lyrics with a pro-union edge, none can match the man from Okemah, Okla., Woody Guthrie. May your lyrics and your songs live forever.