Woody Guthrie’s 1943 “New Years Rulin’s”

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

From one of Woody Guthrie’s journals dated January 31st, 1942, the great singer-songwriter reminds us that having a healthy dose of pragmatism with a pinch of humor is a wonderful way to approach each 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 CLOTHES 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
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    My New Year’s Resolutions also include “Beat Fascism” and “Change Socks.”
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    I especially like the last one. Wake up and fight!
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    Stay glad and dream good!
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  21. tricey-meow said: In love with #33
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    WAKE UP AND FIIIIGGGHHHTTTT
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    I love his handwriting.
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