On the plane, he pulled out his pocket-size song notebook: "Leafing through it, I came across three lines I'd written down, oh, at least a year or two before: '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.'"The creation of one of the greatest lean forward songs of all time described in How Can I From Keep Singing: Pete Seeger by David Dunaway. Many happy returns to Pete who is 90 today. He sings 'Where have all the flowers gone?' with Arlo Guthrie in the video when still a youthful 74. Pete Seeger is a global treasure, as Benjamin Britten confirmed. More Pete Seeger paths here.
He'd read this in a novel by Mikhail Sholokhov, And Quiet Flows the Don; the three lines came from a Ukrainian folk song. For a year he had searched around for the original song, then given up, jotting down this fragment in hopes of using it some day. This time he glanced at the words, and "things just slipped into place."
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