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Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Pete Seeger

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Published on Oct 15, 2009

This particular rendition was way back on 1968 in Stockholm. It is a folk song written by Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson in 1961. Seeger found inspiration for the song while on his way to a concert. In his notebook he saw these lines, "Where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. Where are the girls, they've all taken husbands. Where are the men, they're all in the army." , which were taken from a Don Cossacks folk song mentioned in the Mikhail Sholokhov 1934 novel "And Quiet Flows the Don". Seeger adapted it to a folk tune and with only three verses, he recorded it once in a medley on a Rainbow Quest album. Joe Hickerson later added verses four and five. It was first sung by Marlene Dietrich in French (as "Qui peut dire où vont les fleurs?") in 1962 at a UNICEF concert. She also recorded the song in English and in German, the latter titled "Sag' mir, wo die Blumen sind".

Lyrics :

Where have all the flowers gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the flowers gone,
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone,
Young girls 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,
gone to young men 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 to 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,
Gone to flowers every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

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