Sandy CashMailbox 108Guthrie uses religious imagery of California being the Garden of Eden. He contrasts thehopes of migrant workers of being hopeful, like “going to a sugar bowl,” but says, “Now thepolice at the port of entry say ‘You’re number fourteen thousand for today.’” If this was aspeech instead of a song, I do not think people would receive this message well, because it’snot that encouraging of a message. I did listen to Guthrie on YouTube for both “Do Re Mi,”and “This Land Is Your Land.”Guthrie compares California to being the Garden of Eden. He gives this idea that Californiais this paradise where everything is perfect. He goes on to saying that these migrant workers“think they are going to a sugar bowl…” This being said California seems to be this fairytale,perfect place. Then he goes on to say that, what these migrant workers don’t know that sincethis place is “paradise” everyone is going to California, so “if you ain’t got the do re mi, why,you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma,…”If Guthrie’s song was a speech instead, I do not think it would be received well. I think thisbecause, he’s not that positive, and during this time people wanted hope. Also, it seems likesongs can be sad and not so positive, where speeches seem like they have to be hopeful, or ifthey are not that positive, they have to give a solution to the problem.I did listen to Guthrie on YouTube, to actually hear how “Do Re Mi” sounded. Guthriecompares California to the Garden of Eden, calling it a “paradise.” He contrasts the hopes ofmigrants, and the reality by saying “They think they’re going to a sugar bowl…if you ain’tgot the do re mi,/Why, you better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia,Tennessee.” I do not think Guthrie’s message would be received well if this was a speech,
because it is not hopeful; where songs seem like they do not have to be hopeful, but speechesare suppose to encourage people.