Musical Monday … Songs of War Part 1

I’m going to spend a few weeks (not necessarily in order) looking at songs about war.  

The first song we’ll deal with is “Where have all the flowers gone?” written by Pete Seeger in 1955 with additional verses  added to it in 1960 by Joe Hickerson.   

Although many consider it an anti-war song of the Vietnam era, it was written nearly a decade before the U.S. became involved in Vietnam on a large scale.  The song deals with the concept of war and the proclivity human beings have for killing one another.  “When will they ever learn?” is the important question.  Whether we look at the distant past of human history or the present, it seems the answer to the question is, “Never.”

The Kingston Trio first recorded the song in 1961 and it became a hit for them. Peter, Paul and Mary released a version in 1962 on their debut album. Many individuals and groups have picked it up as a standard. 

I see this song as a description of the human condition.  

Where have all the flowers gone?

Sung by Peter, Paul and Mary

Where have all the flowers gone?

Sung by The Searchers (1963)

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