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A NOTE ABOUT PUBLISHING:

Want to use a Woody Guthrie song?

If you are interested in using a song for publication, recording, performance, or other, please contact the publisher of that particular song. All works by Woody Guthrie are held under U.S. Copyright Law.

Woody has a few different publishers, just look at the bottom of each lyric and you'll see who to contact.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anna Canoni at: acanoni(at)woodyguthrie.org


PUBLISHER'S CONTACT:

TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Leah Gebhardt
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x25
E: NorthAmericaLicensing(at)troessexmusic.com
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Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
Attn: Gregg Barron
6100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #1600,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 969-0988
E: info.us@bmgchrysalis.com
Website


Sanga Music Group
(Administered by Bicycle Music)
449 South Beverly Drive, Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 
T: 310-286-6600
Website


Michael Goldsen Music, Inc.
(Administered by Universal Music)

2100 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: (310) 235-4892
E: umpg.songlist@umusic.com
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Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Jorma Kaukonen and Larry Campbell

There once was a man in the holy land
Had nails in his feet.  Had nails in his hands.
Said mother and father I say unto thee
O’ suffer little children to come unto me.

You learn about hogs, you learn about sheep -
You learn about dogs, you learn how to eat -
You learn about cars, I say unto thee
O’ suffer little children to come unto me.

You learn to be doctors, you learn to read law
You learn how to ajudge and to pick every flaw
You go to your college and buy a degree
O ’suffer little children to come unto me.

You lean to opine and to philosophize
To argue and chatter and so criticize –
The sun and the moon and this astrology
O ’suffer little children to come unto me.

You learn about numbers and dollars and cents
The years of your life o’ so foolishly spent –
Bear this in mind as you lay doon to dee
O ’suffer little children to come unto me.

 


© Copyright 2015 Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. / TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc., Elder Panther Publishing, and Talkhouse Music (BMI)
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Ain't In No Hurry
Jorma Kaukonen

 

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