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Woody Guthrie's landlord in the early 1950's was Donald Trump's racist father Fred Trump. Ryan and Woody's daughter Nora pieced together fragments of unfinished songs from Woody to complete "Old Man Trump" in 2016.

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I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate
He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed that color line
Here at his Beach Haven family project

Beach Haven ain't my home!
No, I just can't pay this rent!
My money's down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain't my home!

I'm calling out my welcome to you and your man both
Welcoming you here to Beach Haven
To love in any way you please and to have some kind of a decent place
To have your kids raised up in.

Beach Haven ain't my home!
No, I just can't pay this rent!
My money's down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain't my home!

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released July 19, 2016
Lyrics: Woody Guthrie & Ryan Harvey
Backing lyrics and acoustic guitar: Ani DiFranco
Backing vocals and electric guitar: Tom Morello
Drums, bass, acoustic guitar: Carl Restivo
Recorded by: Mike Napolitano and Carl Restivo
Mixed and Mastered by: Carl Barc

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Ryan Harvey Baltimore, Maryland

After more than a dozen self-released albums, folk-punk trailblazer Ryan Harvey has teamed up with Kareem Samara (London) & Shireen Lilith (Amsterdam) with Thin Blue Border, the trio’s debut album. Blending the flowing sounds of the Arabic oud with Harvey’s rhythmic folk-punk guitar strumming and Lilith’s haunting melodies the trio is forging a new sound. ... more

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