Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions

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