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Woody Guthrie’s 33 New Year’s Resolutions

This list of New Year’s Resolutions or ‘New Years Rulin’s’ was written by Woody Guthrie in 1942. It was two years after he penned the lyrics for his iconic protest song ‘This Land Is Your Land’, though he had not yet commercially recorded the song.

It’s a list which despite its tongue-in-cheek tone in places, or perhaps because of it, can provide inspiration to creative people in every field.

Woodie Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions

New Years Rulin’s

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