Old Man Trump – Woody Guthrie – a song about racism

Amazingly this was discovered in the Woody Guthrie archive. It was a song written about Trump Senior – Donal Trump’s old man. He made his money out of real estate in Beach Haven. He banned coloured people from the project. His racist policy rightly infuriated Woody. So much so that he wrote this song

Sounds like ‘like father like son’ to me. The younger Trump learned to stir up division and hatred from the old block.

Old Man Trump
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Ryan Harvey

I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate
He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed that color line
Here at his Beach Haven family project

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

I’m calling out my welcome to you and your man both
Welcoming you here to Beach Haven
To love in any way you please and to have some kind of a decent place
To have your kids raised up in.

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

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