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Listen to Never-Before-Heard Woody Guthrie Song ‘Man’s a Fool’

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The Sonny Terry duet is taken from a new compilation about Guthrie's life in New York

Folk icon Woody Guthrie famously traveled and wrote music all across the U.S., but for nearly three decades, he made New York City his home base. Now, a new three-disc collection put together by his daughter Nora Guthrie celebrates those prolific but lesser-known years with historic interviews (including one of Pete Seeger’s last), an audio tour of 19 locations around the city (where Guthrie wrote some of his most famous songs) and — perhaps most exciting — previously unreleased tunes.

“Man’s a Fool,” a duet with Sonny Terry premiering exclusively on TIME below, is one of those songs on the set. Besides the new home demos, the compilation also features the very first recording of “This Land Is Your Land” — one of the more than 600 songs Guthrie crafted during his time in New York from 1940 to 1967.

My Name Is New York; Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town arrives Sept. 23.


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