“In 1964 I took my youngest daughter canoeing on a beautiful lake in Maine. We camped on a little island and were dismayed to see the beach littered with bottles and cans. We picked’em all up. I had a marker with me and wrote this graffiti on a flat stone. I never wrote a tune, but someone else can try.”
~ Pete Seeger, from the liner notes to Where Have All the Flowers Gone
For Pete’s 88th birthday celebration, I took Pete’s challenge and set his poem to music. Jim Musselman of Appalseed Records and I added some new verses. Pete has since heard my music and given me the a-okay! This is an excellent piece for audience singing, in the great Pete Seeger tradition.