The sad song I'm illustrating is Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger wrote this song during a dark time in his life. I talk about that below but since it's long, I understand if anyone want to skip that and let the photo and song title stand alone. All the photographs in this post were taken this spring at the park where I used to string buttercup necklaces as a child.I also have a photohunters post with SabineM on Snap2Days which has our side by sad photographs. You can browse early photohunt posts on PhotoHunt
and Saturday at the home of the hunt PhotoHunt. Below talks about Pete Seeger, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, and has a video of the song if you are interested.
Pete Seeger was summoned to testify at the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1955. He refused to plead the fifth and below is part of the exchange. It makes me sad to remember that there was a time in this country I love when Joseph McCarthy could hold the kind of power he did. It makes me sad to learn that Anne Coulter defended McCarthy in her third book which was written in 2003, fifty years after the House Un-American Activities Committee was meeting.It gives me goosebumps to read Pete Seeger's courageous answer below when he was questioned in 1955:
CHAIRMAN WALTER: You have only been asked one question, so far.
MR. SEEGER: I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
MR. TAVENNER: Has the witness declined to answer this specific question?
CHAIRMAN WALTER: He said that he is not going to answer any questions, any names or things.Pete Seeger refused to answer and was indited on charges of contempt of congress, convicted, but later was reversed on appeal. This was the back drop for when he wrote Where Have All the Flowers Gone which was also inspired by lines from a Ukranian folk song referenced in the Mikhail Sholokhov novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1934).
If anyone isn't familar with this sad song, below is a video of Pete Seeger singing it in concert many decades after he and many others first sang it in the 1960s. I'm guessing the video concert below was in the 1980s.