Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions

Dec 30 2011
Published by under Art, Poetry and Musings, Music
Woody Guthrie’s New Years Rulin’s; WoodyGuthrie.org

Another reason to look forward to 2012: the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. A full year of events, publications, exhibits, and recordings are planned – all of which can be followed on the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Website.

On the eve of the new year, folks can find Woody’s 1943 New Year’s resolutions on the excellent official Woody Guthrie site – please travel there to see a much larger image of the two pages reprinted above. Here’s Woody’s directives for the new year:
1. Work more and better

2. Work by a schedule

3. Wash teeth if any

4. Shave

5. Take bath

6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk

7. Drink very scant if any

8. Write a song a day

9. Wear clean clothes — look good

10. Shine shoes

11. Change socks

12. Change bed cloths often

13. Read lots good books

14. Listen to radio a lot

15. Learn people better

16. Keep rancho clean

17. Dont get lonesome

18. Stay glad

19. Keep hoping machine running

20. Dream good

21. Bank all extra money

22. Save dough

23. Have company but dont waste time

24. Send Mary and kids money

25. Play and sing good

26. Dance better

27. Help win war — beat fascism

28. Love mama

29. Love papa

30. Love Pete

31. Love everybody

32. Make up your mind

33. Wake up and fight

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