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where have all the flowers gone

Pete Seeger
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 1

(2-CD set, 1998) Various artists


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track listing

disc 1

1. Where Have All the Flowers Gone Tommy Sands itunesbuy
2. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt itunesbuy
3. The Water is Wide John Gorka itunesbuy
4. Of Time and Rivers Flowing Richie Havens itunesbuy
5. My Name is Lisa Kalvelage Ani Difranco itunesbuy
6. Turn, Turn, Turn Bruce Cockburn itunesbuy
7. Festival of Flowers Tish Hinojosa itunesbuy
8. Step by Step Sweet Honey In The Rock itunesbuy
9. Blessed Be the Nation Studs Terkel itunesbuy
10. My Father's Mansions Billy Bragg & Eliza Carthy itunesbuy
11. Sailing Down My Golden River Greg Brown itunesbuy
12. Goofing Off Suite Tony Trischka Band itunesbuy
13. These Three Are On My Mind Kim And Reggie Harris & Magpie itunesbuy
14. How Can I Keep From Singing? Cordelia's Dad itunesbuy
15. All Mixed Up Peter, Paul & Mary itunesbuy
16. Empty Pocket Blues Ronnie Gilbert With Robin Flower & Libby Mclaren itunesbuy
17. Get Up And Go Tom Paxton itunesbuy
18. Old Riley John Stewart itunesbuy
19. If I Had a Hammer Nanci Griffith & Friends itunesbuy
20. Wimoweh Weavers itunesbuy

disc 2

1. We Shall Overcome Bruce Springsteen itunesbuy
2. Bells of Rhymney Roger McGuinn itunesbuy
3. Oh Had I A Golden Thread Judy Collins itunesbuy
4. False from True Guy Davis itunesbuy
5. Letter to Eve Indigo Girls itunesbuy
6. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy Dick Gaughan itunesbuy
7. All My Children of the Sun Tim Robbins itunesbuy
8. Living in the Country Martin Simpson itunesbuy
9. One Grain of Sand Odetta itunesbuy
10. Old Father Hudson Casey Neill itunesbuy
11. The Torn Flag John Trudell itunesbuy
12. Doublin' Si Kahn With The Freighthoppers itunesbuy
13. To Everyone in the World Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer itunesbuy
14.Over the Hills Tommy Makem itunesbuy
15. I Come and Stand at Every Door Anne Hills itunesbuy
16. My Rainbow Race Donovan itunesbuy
17. Quiet Early Morning Holly Near itunesbuy
18. Oh, Sacred World Studs Terkel itunesbuy
19. And I Am Still Searching Pete Seeger itunesbuy



"A stellar all star lineup on this marvelous CD offering testimony to Seeger's status as Godfather of contemporary music."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

Probably the last person to feel comfortable with a tribute to himself, no one more than Pete Seeger deserves to be celebrated by his musical contemporaries and descendants and artists from other fields. Where Have All the Flowers Gone presents 39 songs written, adapted or adopted by Seeger in 37 exclusive new versions by major figures in entertainment and social activism.

This unprecedented assemblage of performers spanning generations and international borders includes Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins, actor Tim Robbins, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel, and politically active musicians from Bosnia, Ireland, Scotland, England, and Canada among its many participants. All acknowledge their debt to Seeger by performing songs or poems he has written or sung for more than half a century to champion the labor and civil rights movement, peace, the environment, and the human spirit. So many artists wanted to be involved in the project that two subsequent all-star Seeger tributes have followed: If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2 (2001) and Grammy finalist Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 (2003).

Harnessing the power of music to rally support for political and social causes is an American tradition as old as “Yankee Doodle” and “Hail, Columbia.” Pete Seeger has been the modern exemplar of that heritage. “His “Talking Union” energized embattled laborers; he transformed “We Shall Overcome” (performed on Flowers by Bruce Springsteen) from a gospel spiritual to the anthem of the civil rights movement; “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” gently addresses the futility and casualties of war.

Many of Seeger’s best-known songs and more obscure compositions are presented in satisfying new recordings by a rainbow of artists. Widely acclaimed for its scope and execution, Where Have All the Flowers Gone won the American Federation of Independent Music Award as the “Top Independent Release of 1998,” and the duet by Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt on “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” was nominated for a 1999 Grammy as “Best Pop Collaboration.” A decade after its release, Where Have All the Flowers Gone has become a staple of folk radio programs and a cornerstone of modern musical libraries, both personal and archival.

Seeger himself concludes the album with the debut of a new song, “And Still I Am Searching,” a typically humble and thoughtful reflection. The fiftieth anniversary of his seminal folk group, The Weavers, is celebrated with a reissue of their classic “Wimoweh,” and former Weavers member Ronnie Gilbert is represented on “Empty Pocket Blues.”

The new version of “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” on this set made a major impact on an international scale. For three years after its release, the CD’s version by Irish musicians Tommy Sands and Delores Keane, Bosnian cellist Vedran Smailovic and a chorus of Protestant and Catholic school children accompanied the peace negotiations between Northern Ireland and England. The song was also used an anthem of peace in Northern Ireland when it was played by both sides after the tragic 1998 “Real IRA” bombing in Omagh that killed 29 people and wounded over 100. John Hume, Minister of British Parliament and Nobel Peace Prize winner, described the song as “such an important anthem for our time and our land” and “a vital bridge of hope and healing between two sides.”
Springsteen’s rendition of “We Shall Overcome” was also put to good use in a modern context. Already a cornerstone of labor and civil rights movements in the U.S. and around the world, the song arose again as “an anthem of hope for our troubled times” (to quote NBC’s Nightly News anchorman, Tom Brokaw) in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist airplane hijackings and attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The song was used as the soundtrack to an NBC Nightly News video montage featuring heroic responses to the destruction of the twin towers of the city’s World Trade Center; first aired on September 13, the video became a theme for recovery from the shocking, horrific events of September 11 and was broadcast frequently, also appearing on NBC’s “Dateline” and CNBC’s “News with Brian Williams.

The events of September 11 were, sadly, not the first tragedy to inspire use of Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome.” The recording was also used in the healing process by those who lost family and friends in the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

In honoring Pete Seeger’s selfless, inclusive outlook and inspiration, more than $100,000 of the profits from the sales of Where Have All the Flowers Gone and its two sequels has been donated to a variety of social justice and environmental organizations by Appleseed.  




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