Song Lyric Sunday: Songs of Protest

SongLyricSundayTime to post another song for Song Lyric Sunday – this week’s prompt from Helen is ‘protest songs’.  This started off some interesting discussions over breakfast in our family this morning, and this one was my Dad’s suggestion, and is dedicated to him: love you Dad!

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 have picked them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, 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 for husbands everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

Where have all the husbands gone, long time passing?
Where have all the husbands gone, long time ago?
Where have all the husbands gone?
Gone for soldiers everyone
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, 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, everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, 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, everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

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 have picked them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

By Pete Seeger, lyrics courtesy of Lyricsfreak.com

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9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Songs of Protest

  1. I remember singing this song around a campfire, although I’m not entirely sure why it was a camp song… I don’t think we ever made it through all the verses, though. What a beautiful song and a poignant protest. “When will they ever learn??” I ask myself that every single day. Your Dad is a smart man. 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing! ❤

    • It’s a very singable song, isn’t it? I guess that’s why it was picked for your campfire. I remember singing it on a long train journey to pass the time! Glad you like it.

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