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PUBLISHER'S CONTACT
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TRO-Essex Music Group
Attn: Sarah Smith
266 West 37th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018-6609
T: 212-594-9795 x25
E: NorthAmericaLicensing(at)troessexmusic.com
Website


Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
(Administered by BMG Chrysalis)
1 Music Circle South, Suite #500
Nashville, TN 37203
E: mechanical(at)bmg.com (Mechanical licenses)
E: licensing(at)bmg.com (Synch licenses)
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.
MGA
(Administered by Universal Music)

2100 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T: (310) 235-4892
E: umpg.songlist(at)umusicpub.com
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What Is This World Gonna Do
Words by Woody Guthrie, Additional Words & Music by Lisa Gutkin (the Klezmatics)

I read the paper, and the paper said:
The war clouds rolling overhead.
Too many years the war clouds roll.
What is this world a gonna do?

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

This world is called a funny place
It’s a world of sorrow and disgrace
A world of love and happiness too
What is this world a gonna do?

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

CHORUS:
What makes this world march into war?
What is it they are fighting for?
How many must die
for the crimes of a few?
Who will rise up to lead you right?
Who will lead you through the night?
Who will free you from the greed,
and lead you through?

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

Your fracking rumbles through the land
And breaks many an honest man
From sweetheart, wife and children too
What is this world a gonna do?

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

CHORUS

Your pesticides fly like a blight
The bees meander day and night
This chemical war - what are we fighting for?
What is this world a gonna do?

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

Your hate, like thunder, rolls along
The bullets lay down the brave and strong
But the soldiers never truly know
why who is fighting who

What is this world a gonna do?
What is this world a gonna do?

CHORUS

I read the paper and the paper said…

 

*The recorded version of this song is available on YouTube.


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