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Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”

Song Start Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All The Flowers Gone”

Elements of the song came together from several sources over several years.

The title evolved from a novel And Quiet Flows The Don and three lines in a scene of soldiers riding across a field: “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.” He stuck the words in his pocket and fast forward three years.

On a plane, while dozing, a line he’d had about five years prior popped into his head – “long time passing” – which he thought sang well together as a phrase.

He combined the idea of “When will we ever learn!” from the novel he’d read and lines he’d jotted down with the “long time passing” phrase, and wrote the melody about a year later.

 

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