Where have all the Flowers gone? Apropos Vietnam

21. juni 2008

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have 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?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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 for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

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?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Pete Seegers sang Where have all the Flowers gone? fra 1960 var vist ikke direkte inspireret af Vietnam-krigen, men blev med Ã¥rene en af de protest-sange, der rettede sig mod Vietnam-krigen. Som led i protestsangsbølgen, hvor Pete Seeger fik en fremtrædende plads. Sangen fik en fornem promovering, da selveste Marlene Dietrich sang en fransk udgave ved en UNICEF-koncert i 1962, og hendes tyske udgave blev en klassiker, der blandt andet dukkede op i Giro 413 igen og igen. Siden er sangen blevet kopieret af en lang række kunstnere, fx Joan Baez (hvis stemme jeg altid har haft det lidt svært med…), Peter, Paul and Mary og – Dolly Parton.
Sangen var i øvrigt en af de mange sange, vi sang igen og igen i folkeskolens ældste klasser. Eller rettere: pigerne sang og vi drenge sad og vidste ikke rigtig, hvad vi skulle gøre af os selv…

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2 kommentarer

  1. Mette Urth kommentarer:

    OG…ikke mindst Savage Rose har ogsÃ¥ sunget den virkelig fint. :)

  2. capac kommentarer:

    @Mette: Også det!

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