The lyrics are unusually racy for Woody Guthrie. "At first I went, 'oh my God, this is definitely not your average 'This Land Is Your Land
' Woody Guthrie song,'" Williams recalled to The Independent
. "And, to be honest, it seemed to me that the lyrics hadn't been really worked on that much. Some of the lines were a little forced; I feel like I'm treading on sacred ground here but I tried to fix some things a little, and did a little bit of editing."