A Day In The Life


Pete Seeger
May 17, 2007, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Music

Singer song-writer, Pete Seeger is one of America’s best loved folk artists. He has been at the forefront of the labor movement, the struggle for Civil Rights, the peace and anti-war movements, and the fight for a clean environment.

Seeger was called before the House of Un-American activities in 1955 and questioned about his political associations. He was blacklisted in the U.S. and kept off radio and television for seventeen years.

In the sixties, while enjoying a good amount of success due to the folk revival, Seeger continued to travel, playing the campus circuit and benefits for civil rights, peace and labor movements. He was also in the forefront of the anti-Vietnam outcry, joining forces with young folksingers like Joan Baez to oppose U.S. involvement in the conflict. During this time, he also turned his energies towards the environment. In 1969, he formed the Clearwater Organization, a group dedicated to environmental awareness.

In 1994, Pete received the Presidental Medal of the Arts and a Kennedy Center Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for his contribution to the development of rock. In April of the same year he received the Harvard Arts Medal. In February of 1997 he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

One of Seeger’s best loved songs is “Where have all the flowers gone?” written in 1955. The song is a moving reminder of the futility of war. (Mark G. Sirrett)

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Where have all the flowers gone long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls picked them every one. When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone long time passing? Where have all the young girls gone long time ago?
Where have all the young girls gone? Gone to young men every one. When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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Where have all the young men gone long time passing? Where have all the young men gone long time ago?
Where have all the young men gone? Gone to soldiers every one. When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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Where have all the soldiers gone long time passing? Where have all the soldiers gone long time ago?
Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards every one. When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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Where have all the graveyards gone long time passing? Where have all the graveyards gone long time ago?
Where have all the graveyards gone? Gone to flowers every one. When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

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5 Comments so far
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I sang this song in choral class so long ago…. so long. When will we ever learn?

Comment by Grim Reality Girl

I don’t think I have ever heard this song.. I will have to check it out!

Comment by Tonya

I remember singing along years ago.

Comment by Betty

I grew up with this song. What a powerful memory particularly with the images you present. It is so sad to me that this song is relevant over 50 years after it was written. Another song that this reminds me of is “If I had a Hammer”. Thanks Songbird.

Comment by gawilli

I think if they haven’t learned the lesson yet, they never will. How very sad….

Comment by Susan




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