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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?


How do you differentiate music of yesterday and songs of this new millennium?  How do OLD and NEW songs influence human race and affect the lives of people from every generation?

My son, who is currently in second year high school, asked me about a particular song by Peter Paul and Mary entitled "Where Have All the Flowers Gone". Actually, I have no idea about the song except for the knowledge that it's an old song sung by an old classic group. He searched it in YouTube  and played.

So, what's the point in being curious with this more than five decade song? Well, it's an Asian History assignment and Kurt will make a reaction paper on this. I only shared some of my views about the song and my own interpretation but apparently, I found myself searching the internet and this is what I found:

Where Have all the Flowers Gone is a folk song
written by Pete Seeger and made popular by the Kingston Trio in the 1960s. 
At the time it was a kind of protest song about war. 
In an interview 
Seeger had said that he got the idea to write the song 
from a Russian novel called And Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov.
Pete Seeger added a few verses and made the song into a cycle. 
Although Seeger's song was originally made popular
 in the time of upheaval that surrounded the protests in the United States about the Vietnam War, 
the lyrics take on a wider meaning. 
The song is really about the cycle of history and how impossible it is to break.

The lessons of the past should be the guiding light of the leaders of today. We say that "History repeats itself" but we have to favor PEACE and not war. 

It's relevance to the young minds will speak for itself. Human race continues to evolve and revolve... Students are being exposed to a new world where technology reigns and understanding the negative impact of war in the lives of people, young and old will teach them how to resolve future global political crisis because these young generations will be the future captains of the ship.



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