Quote of the day: Woody Guthrie / Born Naked

Quote of the day:

“I see worlds and worlds of rooms and desks where men and women are gathered around in robes, coats, suits and dresses to say what I shall write speak talk and sing. And they tell me that I am locked and barred from singing the true feelings of my nakedest skin. You are gathered here this morning to burn my finest papers. You are here in this room, at this very hour, to tell me that there is something ugly, vile, vulgar about me somewhere, somehow, some way. I excuse your ignorance. I am not ashamed of me nor ashamed of myself. My body is naked now and it was born naked.”  —Woody Guthrie


2 Responses to “Quote of the day: Woody Guthrie / Born Naked”

  1. Jason Snelders

    I love this quote, but can you provide some source or background information with regard to it.

    I presume Woody Guthrie is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woody_Guthrie, however I’m struggling to track down another source for the quote. I can’t even adequately determine what “Born Naked” is in reference to.


    1. Scott Berkun

      I’ve been trying to track it down – It might be from one of his journals.

      The source is a collection of artists celebrating his work, called Til We Outnumber ‘Em. Track 8 has Tim Robbins reciting the passage I quoted.


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