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Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest

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Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen
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This popped up this morning and it is pure historical magic.   It's Pete Seeger's televison show, "Rainbow Quest",  from the sixties.   Proximity to Yankee cultural antiquity, Artists, Socialists, Communists and Labor Organizers drove a very special generation/force and Seeger was one of the evangelical/propaganda arm of this generation/force -- and what beautiful propaganda it was.

When someone like Pete Seeger passes, invariably it is said of his cultural importance: the likes of him will never come again.   Well, we know this is not really true.   There are many now talking and writing and singing, of new generations, that are as relevant to our time as he was to his.   Artists like Pete are truly timeless, like Woody Guthrie and now: Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Neil Young and many others.   I've noticed over the last few years that the corporate controlled media has tried to marginalize and disparage Bruce Springsteen, just as it did Pete back in the fifties.   The torch does pass and the light it casts shames and burns just the same.  

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I always thought that Pete Seeger stood square to his audience; chin way up and eyes wide so as to allow his voice to be stronger from singing without amplification.   No, he was proud and strong and sure that what he was saying or singing mattered.

It's time to pick up Pete's hammer and hammer all damn day long!!!      

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If I had a hammer,
I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this land,
I'd hammer out danger,
I'd hammer out a warning,
I'd hammer out love between,
My brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a bell,
I'd ring it in the morning,
I'd ring it in the evening,
All over this land,
I'd ring out danger,
I'd ring out a warning,
I'd ring out love between,
My brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
all over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out warning
I'd sing out love between
my brothers and my sisters
all over this land

Well, I've got a hammer
and I've got a bell
and I've got a song to sing
all over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's a song about love between my
brothers and my sisters
all over this land

It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's a song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this la-a-and

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