A Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax

By: Brendan

An excerpt from a letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax…

“You hadn’t ought to try to be too funny because if you just tell folks the truth they’ll laugh at every other word. The best of all funny songs have got a mighty sincere backbone. These are the old deathbed and graveyard and parted lover songs that I sing more than any others when I need to cheer myself up. And there is something very funny about almost everything that happens if you do a good job of a telling just exactly what took place.”

Read or listen to the rest of the letter at the following link…

A Letter from Woody Guthrie to Alan Lomax (mp3 download page)