Woody wrote one of
his earliest songs, “So Long It's Been Good
To Know Yuh”, in 1935, the year the dust storms hit Pampa. Its dramatizes
the fear and desperation of the farmers following the dust storms that also resulted
in mass movement out of the Midwest. As so many migrated west, Woody continued
his wandering habit and joined them, though the Guthrie family remained in Pampa
even after the great dust storm hit. His forays westward and "So Long, It's Been
Good To Know Yuh" first marked him as a true representative of the thousands of
displaced and voiceless dust bowl refugees.
At this point, Woody's erratic travels and protracted absences became a pattern
in his marriage as well as his family relationships. In November of
this year Woody's first daughter, Gwendolyn Gail (nicknamed Teeny) was born.
Though excited about his daughter's birth, he was seldom home and often critical of
Mary when he was. Instead, he was constantly on the move, singing, playing, and writing music.