Where Have All The Flowers Gone

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Composer: Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson
Inspired by The Kingston Trio's version.

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" is a modern folk-style song. The melody and the first three verses were written by Pete Seeger in 1955 and published in Sing Out! magazine.[1] Additional verses were added by Joe Hickerson in May 1960, who turned it into a circular song.[2] Its rhetorical "where?" and meditation on death place the song in the ubi sunt tradition.[3][better source needed] In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the "Top 20 Political Songs".[4]

The 1964 release of the song as a Columbia Records 45 single, 13-33088, by Pete Seeger was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Folk category.

Composition

Seeger found inspiration for the song in October 1955 while he was on a plane bound for a concert at Oberlin College, one of the few venues which would hire him during the McCarthy era.[5] Leafing through his notebook he saw the passage, "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."[6] These lines were taken from the traditional Cossack folk song "Koloda-Duda", referenced in the Mikhail Sholokhov novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1934), which Seeger had read "at least a year or two before".[3]

Seeger created a song which was subsequently published in Sing Out in 1962. He recorded a version with three verses on The Rainbow Quest album (Folkways LP FA 2454) released in July 1960. Later, Joe Hickerson added two more verses with a recapitulation of the first[3] in May 1960 in Bloomington, Indiana.[7]

In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the "Top 20 Political Songs".[4]

The song appeared on the compilation album Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits (1967) released by Columbia Records as CS 9416.

Pete Seeger's recording from the Columbia album The Bitter and the Sweet (November 1962), CL 1916, produced by John H. Hammond was also released as a Columbia Hall of Fame 45 single as 13-33088 backed by "Little Boxes" in August, 1965.[8][9]

Versions

• The Kingston Trio recorded the song in 1961.[10][11] Believing it to be a traditional song, they claimed authorship, although upon notice from Seeger they had their name removed and credited Seeger and Hickerson.[7] Seeger acknowledged their success with this song.[12] Their single, with "O Ken Karanga" as the A-side and the hit "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" the B-side, reached #21 in the 1962 Billboard Hot 100 chart and #4 on the Easy Listening chart.[13]
• Peter, Paul and Mary included the song on their eponymous debut album (which spent five weeks as the #1 album in the country) in 1962.
• Marlene Dietrich performed this song in English, French and German. The song was first performed in French (as "Qui peut dire où vont les fleurs?") by Marlene in 1962 at a UNICEF concert. She also recorded the song in English and in German, the latter titled "Sag' mir, wo die Blumen sind", with lyrics translated by Max Colpet. She performed the German version on a tour of Israel, where she was warmly received; she was the first person to break the taboo of using German publicly in Israel since WWII.[3][14]
• Dalida also recorded the song in French as "Que sont devenues les fleurs?", adapted by Guy Béart in 1962 (Les Années Barclay, vol. 5, 1962).
• Jaap Fischer recorded the song in Dutch as "Zeg me waar de bloemen zijn" (single, B side of "Jan Soldaat",1963).
• The Searchers released their version on the album Meet The Searchers, released June 1963.
• The Springfields featuring Dusty Springfield released a version in German in 1963.
• Bobby Darin recorded the song on the Golden Folk Hits album on Capitol, 2007, which was released in November 1963.
• Roy Orbison recorded a version of the song which appears on the album The Connoisseur's Orbison.
• Eddy Arnold and The Needmore Creek Singers recorded the song on October 9, 1963, and released it on the Folk Song Book album released in January 1964.
• Vera Lynn recorded the song as the eleventh cut on her 1964 album "Among My Souvenirs".
• The Brothers Four recorded the song on their 1964 LP "More Big Folk Hits", Columbia Records, CL-2213.
• The Four Seasons recorded the song on their 1964 Philips album Born to Wander, PHM 200 129.
• Lars Lönndahl recorded the song in 1964[15] with Swedish lyrics Inga blommor finns det mer, translated in 1962[16] by Beppe Wolgers.
• Joan Baez included the German version (Sagt Mir wo die Blumen sind) on her 1965 album Farewell Angelina.
• Johnny Rivers had a 1965 top 40 hit in the US with a folk rock version, reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100[3] and #9 in Canada.
• Grady Martin released an instrumental version in 1965 on his Instrumentally Yours album.[17]
• Harry Belafonte has made one recording of it at a benefit concert in Stockholm, Sweden, 1966 on the album BEL-1.
• Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs included the song on their 1968 album Changin' Times.
• Walter Jackson recorded a R & B version in Chicago for Okeh records in 1967.
• Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery recorded an instrumental version in his trademark style on the 1968 LP Road Song
• In 1969, Rufus Harley recorded a jazz instrumental version on his trademark bagpipes, but the track was never commercially released until it was included in his posthumously released limited edition collection Courage - The Atlantic Recordings in 2006.
• The Landsmen released the song as a 45 single on Arvee.
• Bill Anderson recorded the song on his eponymous 1971 album.
• American R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire covered the song on the 1972 album Last Days and Time.
• Richie Havens recorded the song in 1972.
• Hannes Wader recorded a German version as the final track for his 1982 album Daß nichts bleibt wie es war.
• City recorded a German version in their 1983 album Unter der Haut.
• Bernie Sanders covered the song on his 1987 album We Shall Overcome.
• A Russian version of the song was created in 1998 by Oleg Nesterov, a lead singer of Megapolis, and later performed in duet with Masha Makarova (Masha I Medvedi) in a music video.[18]
• Olivia Newton-John recorded the song on her 2004 album Indigo: Women of Song.
• Country singer Dolly Parton has also recorded a rendition of the song, on her 2005 album Those Were the Days.
• Chris de Burgh has recorded a new version which is featured on his 2008 album Footsteps.[citation needed]
• The song was sung at the funeral of Harry Patch, the last British soldier of the First World War, in Wells Cathedral on August 9, 2009.
• The Folkswingers recorded an instrumental version of the song for their second album 12 String Guitar! Vol. 2.
• A Polish version on YouTube was sung by Sława Przybylska (Polish title: "Gdzie są kwiaty z tamtych lat?")
• A Czech version on YouTube of the song was also created and recorded by several popular artists, such as Judita Čeřovská,[19] Marie Rottrová or Marta Kubišová
• A Croatian folk band Zlatni Dukati played this song during the war in their homeland in 1990s under the title "Iznad polja makova" ("Above the fields of poppy").
• A Scottish pop singer and songwriter Jimmy Sommerville made a piano version of the song on his 2009 album Suddenly Last Summer.
• Kirsten Hasberg, of Kassel Germany, recorded a parody entitled Sag, die Energiewende, wo ist sie geblieben? about the German transition to renewable energies and "energy democracy."
• Erzsi Kovács, Hungarian pop singer recorded a version in Hungarian ("Hova tűnt a sok virág?" on YouTube)
• Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin recorded an instrumental version in her 2009 album Journey to the New World.
• British Folk-Rock group The Tansads included a version on their 1995 live album Drag Down The Moon.
• German Avant-garde group Einstürzende Neubauten recorded a German version of the song for their 2014 album Lament.
• Lara Veronin, Russian-Taiwanese-American singer recorded a version for the 2012 Taiwanese drama Alice in Wonder City.
• The Armistice Pals recorded a version in 2014 that was released as a commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War One and as a tribute to Pete Seeger, who had died earlier that year. The voice of Pete Seeger is heard in the recording along with that of his half-sister Peggy Seeger.
• The Hi-Marks, a popular 1970s group in New Zealand, recorded a version on their first album Showtime Spectacular.
• Serbian actor Dragan Maksimović performed a part of this song in the movie Mi nismo anđeli ("We are not Angels") recorded in 1992 in Yugoslavia.
• Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias included a version on their 1978 album Skite.
• Adhunik Bengali singer Anjan Dutt covered the song in his 2001 album Rawng Pencil.

Amongst other folk artists, “The Kingston Trio” also sang “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”.

“The Vocal Chords” are performing in this recording.

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" is a modern folk-style song. The melody and the first three verses were written by Pete Seeger in 1955 and published in Sing Out! magazine.[1] Additional verses were added by Joe Hickerson in May 1960, who turned it into a circular song.[2] Its rhetorical "where?" and meditation on death place the song in the ubi sunt tradition.[3][better source needed] In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the "Top 20 Political Songs".[4]

The 1964 release of the song as a Columbia Records 45 single, 13-33088, by Pete Seeger was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 in the Folk category.

Other Cover Versions

The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, Dalida, Jaap Fischer, The Searchers, The Springfields, Bobby Darrin, Roy Orbison, Eddy Arnold, Vera Lynn, The Brothers Four, The Four Seasons, Lars Lonndahl, Joan Baez, Johnny Rivers, Grady Martin, Harry Belafonte, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Walter Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Rufus Harley, The Landsmen, Bill Anderson, Earth Wind and Fire, Richie Havens, Hannes Wader, Bernie Sanders, Oleg Nesterov, Masha Makarova, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Chris de Burgh, Harry Patch, The Folkswingers, Slawa Przybylska, Judith Cerovska, Jimmy Sommerville, Kirsten Hasberg, Sharon Isbin, The Tansads, Lara Veronin, Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_Have_All_the_Flowers_Gone%3F


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lyrics

Where have all the flowers gone
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone
Young girls picked them, every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone
Gone to young men, every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone
Gone to soldiers, every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone
A long, long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone
Gone to graveyards, every one
When will they ever learn?

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from Cocoa Love, released January 12, 2017
The Vocal Chords (feat. The Cud Chewing Cows)

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