Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions 1942

December 31, 2013


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If you’re having trouble nailing down your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a good place to start.

Seventy years ago, American folk legend Woody Guthrie scribbled in his journal a list of 33 tasks he would dedicate himself to in the coming year.  According to WoodyGuthrie.org, he called them “Rulin’s.”

At age 31, he was in the prime of his life, with a wife and three kids, as well as a good deal of life experience, having survived the Dust Bowl to make it out to California.

As a result, it’s a pretty unbeatable list.

Good summation? “Take it Easy. But take it.”


5 Responses to “Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions 1942”

  1. Favorite folk musician all time – if you aint got the dough re mi. A huge heart and soul.

  2. Jean Mcmahon Says:

    Woody is making a come back in his home state Oklahoma!!After calling him “Communist” all the time he is finding his rightful place..Downtown Tulsa has a new Woody Guthrie museum and the state capitol’s newspaper writes favorably of the museum and Woody..What next??

  3. Stu Says:

    Reblogged this on Live Long and Prosper and commented:
    I only made one New Year’s Resolution — which I’ve already broken. Maybe I should have taken advice from this list by Woody Guthrie…

  4. jpcowdrey Says:

    Likely as not, no.

    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.

    In the squares of the city, In the shadow of a steeple;
    By the relief office, I’d seen my people.
    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
    Is this land made for you and me?

    Happy New Year to all.

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