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.