PETE SEEGER SAYS IT BEST (“Wasn’t That A Time”)

 

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

[Chorus:]
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.

[Chorus]

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.

[Chorus]

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):

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/watch-10-minutes-of-recently-unearthed-and-rare-pete-seeger-footage-20140214

 

 

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2 comments

  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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