Monday, March 31, 2008

vote for pete

Artists play a role in changing the world, if they choose to accept it... so when will the world recognize their contribution?

This may convince you. Vote.

by Pete Seeger

sung to the tune of "Wild Mountain Thyme"

Oh the summertime is coming, and the leaves are sweet returning
But those flowers of peace, it's for them I'm really yearning

Will they bloom, ever bloom?
Will they bloom in the springtime?

Oh you flowers of peace
When the world should be ringtime
Will ye bloom, ever bloom?

I built my love a bower by a clear, crystal river
But the thing her heart desires is a thing I cannot give her

Oh providence smiled impassive, while I fell on bended knee
Said, the lives of you empires are no more than swarms of bees

If you and I would see those flowers, get up and rouse your neighbors
When first the seed I'd planted, it takes long and careful labor

If you and I would see those flowers, go out and till the fertile soil
It will take more than prayers, it takes hard and sweaty toil

[these lyrics are found on]

1 comment:

Betsy said...

Maybe when Pete breaks through, then we can nominate Leonard Cohen - check out this piece of Democracy is Coming:

"It's coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin'
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."
Video here: