Our fathers bled at Valley Forge.
The snow was red with blood,
Their faith was warm at Valley Forge,
Their faith was brotherhood.

Wasn’t that a time, wasn’t that a time,
A time to try the soul of man,
Wasn’t that a terrible time?

Brave men who died at Gettysburg
Now lie in soldier’s graves,
But there they stemmed the slavery tide,
And there the faith was saved.


The fascists came with chains and war
To prison us in hate.
And many a good man fought and died
To save the stricken faith.


And now again the madmen come,
And should our vic’try fail?
There is no vic’try in a land
Where free men go to jail.

Isn’t this a time!
Isn’t this a time!
A time to try the soul of man,
Isn’t this a terrible time?

Our faith cries out we have no fear
We dare to reach our hand
To other neighbors far and near
To friends in every land.

Isn’t this a time!
Isn’t this a time!
A time to free the soul of man!
Isn’t this a wonderful time!

(Sorry, had trouble finding a Pete Seeger video to share here. There are videos of other singers but I felt that Seeger does it best. This one is from Rolling Stone):




  1. A lot of those 60’s songs never really lost their relevancy, we just ceased recognizing their relevance.
    Baez, Arlo & Woody Guthrie, Dylan (folk & rock versions), all of Woodstock. We were lulled to sleep.

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  2. Yes, we got tangled up in the life many of us sneered at previously. So maybe it is like the song says, “Isn’t this a wonderful time” meaning, I believe, a time to remember what is really important in life and work toward it using peaceful protest and, most importantly, all of us doing it together…


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