Pete Seeger is dead. Long live Pete Seeger, an inspiration to many politically aware post 2ndworld war activists, and musicians.
He graduated planet earth yesterday at the age of 94 and by now will have taken his place in Heaven’s orchestra pit.
In a 1995 interview he said: “I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.”
His revolutionary songs included If I had a Hammer, We Shall Overcome, Where Have All The Flowers Gone, and We Shall Overcome.
One song, Turn Turn Turn is taken substantially from the 1611 King James Version of Ecclesiastes (chapter 3: verses1-8), written by King Solomon.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
There is a time and place for all things: laughter and sorrow, healing and killing, war and peace, and so on. Most importantly Pete Seeger pleas for world peace.
In the closing line he writes “a time for peace, I swear it’s not too late”
A truly great man. We’re losing a lot of them recently.