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(Pete Seeger)
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the flowers gone?
The girls have picked them ev'ry one.
Oh, When will you ever learn?
Oh, When will you ever learn?
young girls
They've taken husbands ev'ry one.
young men
They're all in uniform.
They've gone to graveyards ev'ry one.
They're covered with flowers ev'ry one.
Young girls have picked them ev'ry one.
Written by Peter Seeger. Copyright 1961 and 1977 by Fall River
Music, Inc. The song was inspired by a passage from Mikhail
Sholokhov's novel "And Quiet Flows the Don" with additional
Verses by Joe Hickerson.
The song made it's greatest impact in Germany, translated into
German and sung by Marlene Dietrich. The combination of the
Language and the setting had a shattering effect on those who
Heard it.
@war @soldier @plant @death
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    UnregisteredMay 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm
    I think this song was for the soldiers who died. It is saying that the families have used up all the flowers to put on their kids gravestones.
    This song is also saying that little childrens fathers going oversea to vietnam. In the beginning they are picking flowers but in the end they are laying flowers on their dead fathers grave.
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    UnregisteredJun 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm
    The song is anti-war. It demonstrates the perpetual continuation of warfare and it's madness: killing in stead of loving.
    It surprises you in steps every verse. It starts with regret of flowers being taken away. Then young girls being taken away, then young men, then the memory of the death fades and it comes around again to the flowers.
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    UnregisteredApr 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    This song was meant for the anti-war movement in the 1960's. It's about all of the men and kids that were drafted for the war. It's about the little kids, the sisters and children of these soldiers who begin picking flowers, and end by putting them on the gravestone of the person, and for the flowers that are being placed onto the kids gravestones as well.

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