"I feel most spiritual when I’m out in the woods. I feel part of nature. Or looking up at the stars. [I used to say] I was an atheist. Now I say, it’s all according to your definition of God. According to my definition of God, I’m not an atheist. Because I think God is everything. Whenever I open my eyes I’m looking at God. Whenever I’m listening to something I’m listening to God." - Pete Seeger; legendary songwriter, American revolutionary and naturalistic pantheist
My Rainbow Race
by Pete Seeger
One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I'll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It's too soon to die.
Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need 'em.
Don't you know you can't kill all the unbelievers?
There's no shortcut to freedom.
Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now's our last chance to learn to share
What's been given to me and you.
He was a communist, as was Helen Keller.
[Pete Seeger] was a communist...
"I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other. My father, Charles Seeger, got me into the Communist movement. He backed out around '38. I drifted out in the 50's. I apologize [in my book] for following the party line so slavishly, for not seeing that Stalin was a supremely cruel misleader. I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it." - Pete Seeger in New York Times Magazine, 1995
A nation of Pete Seeger's would solve so many of our problems once and for all.
My favorite Pete Seeger song: If I had a Hammer.
Nobody did it better than Peter, Paul and Mary.