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Woody Guthrie Wrote These 33 Heart-Warming New Year's Resolutions In 1943

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VP Social
Updated: 2 July 2018
On the 1st of January 1943, in the midst of political upheaval around the world, American folk legend Woody Guthrie composed a wonderfully heart-warming list of 33 ‘New Years Rulins’.

Guthrie’s resolutions are just what we need in 2017. Simple, almost childlike, they’re things we can all do to make the world – and our worlds – a better place. Because what can go wrong if you ‘love everybody’ (#31)?

Here’s a transcript of the list:

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. Don’t 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 don’t 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