This song was written by Guthrie Woodie as a parody of "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin. Guthrie's lyrics went through subtle changes. For example, when he first wrote the song in 1940, the last line of the chorus was, "God bless America for me." However, in an attempt to advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the working class and the rich, the lyrics were changed to "This land was made for you and me." As time went by, it was used as a protest song. While commenting on this song, Anna Canoni, Guthrie's granddaughter, said: "It's the most famous, but there's a reason why it's the most famous. I think that often, people will just look at the words on the surface and not look into what he's talking about. But when Woody wrote, he wrote in double entendres, and sometimes triple. And there's enough to keep you thinking. I think his music was really to keep you thinking and start up a conversation. It wasn't just something nice to listen to, it's something that needs to be said to begin a discussion. And I would define that as great songwriting. So 'This Land Is Your Land' would fit into that."