This song was written in 1949 by Les Rice, a farmer from New York State, USA. It deals with the perverse injustice, exploitation and inequality Rice saw all around him. Pete Seeger wrote about Les Rice and this song: “Like most small farmers, he was getting intolerably squeezed by the big companies which sold him… Continue reading Banks Are Made of Marble
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Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
Pete Seeger’s simple but effective song about mankind’s inability to learn the lessons of history. A simple arrangement for the Illawarra Union Singers. Scroll down for Pete’s story about how the song came to be. Sheet Music: PDF Practice Track Pete Seeger on how the song came to be written: “I had been reading a… Continue reading Where Have All The Flowers Gone?
I Come and Stand at Every Door
These lyrics from an original Turkish poem by Nazim Hikmet, English translation by Jeanette Turner were set to music by Pete Seeger in 1962, using music by James Waters, (“The Great Silkie”). Pete sang the song in C, and later in life D. Choirs might usefully sing it in D or E. Note that the… Continue reading I Come and Stand at Every Door
The Hammer Song Arranged for 4 Voices
(If I had a hammer) Scroll down for the sheet music and practice tracks. An arrangement for the Union Singers, of the song originally by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes. -From an arrangement by Tom Bridges, for 4 voices, all 4 verses. In many ways the definitive arrangements must be the Weavers renditions, both songwriters… Continue reading The Hammer Song Arranged for 4 Voices
The Hammer Song (2 Parts)
(If I had a hammer) For the (slightly) more difficult 4 part arrangement click here! An arrangement for the Union Singers, of the song originally by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes. -From an arrangement by Tom Bridges. Here is the music for the first 3 verses. The 4th verse could follow the same pattern. Scroll… Continue reading The Hammer Song (2 Parts)