Where Have All the Flowers Gone

This is video from Pete Seeger’s appearance on the Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour in 1967. Seeger also performed Guanatanamera and the antiwar song Waist Deep in the Big Muddy during this appearance, but Waist Deep was edited out of the broadcast by CBS due to concerns that it was too critical of President Johnson. Watch for the moment when Pete’s guitar suddenly turns into a banjo. This video courtsey of 2old2rock account, where there are a lot of other interesting 60s neo-folk videos.

As a kid, I used to sing the version of Where Have All the Flowers Gone that includes additional verses, creating a circular song — the kind where you end the song right back where you started. This struck me as beautiful and profound as a child, but I think I prefer Pete’s original, simple version of the tune now.

Pete performed on the Smothers Brothers’ show again a year later, and sang Waist Deep in the Big Muddy unedited. (See previous posts: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and Bring Em Home)

More folk music


~ by lolarusa on February 28, 2007.

4 Responses to “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”

  1. Thanks for using my video on your blog. I invite all to visit my Youtube channel for lots more Pete Seeger and other folk singers of the era

  2. See stories from the Hoinanese Chicken Club about Pete Seeger on BushTelegraph @ http://bushtelegraph.wordpress.com/2007/05/03/may-day-%e2%80%94-the-haymarket-martyrs/

  3. […] many of the peace and justice movement’s greatest anthems “If I Had a Hammer,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,’ ‘Turn, Turn, Turn,’ ‘We Shall Overcome’ and others. He was also […]

  4. Classic old music from the 60s never goes out of style…that’s for sure. Look at fashions back then. Too funny! This is a great clip. Thanks for posting!

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