Around midnight last night America's citizen laureate Pete Seeger joined the Occupy Wall Streeters on a 36 block trek to Columbus Circle in NYC. He's 92 years old. and he did it walking with two canes. Yeah. Once there, the crowd joined in as he sang "We Shall Overcome," a mainstay in his repertoire for decades. He's always been one of us, long before most of us were even born into it.
Here's a few from him. Along with the song mentioned above, here's "What Side Are You On?" which is really about drawing the line in union issues, but is semi-relevant. The other "A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore," is just about financial hardship, so it slips in. There's also Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings' cover of "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie (an old friend of Seeger's), because the song has never ceased to be relevant, and because we could all use a little funkiness in our revolution.
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Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome mp3 at RichardSilverstein.com
Pete Seeger - Which Side Are You On? mp3 at NB Books
Pete Seeger - A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore mp3 at Cover Lay Down
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - This Land is Your Land mp3 at Stinky Tofu
Pete Seeger marches to Columbus Circle, 10/21/2011 at YouTube
Pete Seeger, with Occupy Wall Street - We Shall Overcome at YouTube
Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie Occupy Wall Street at the Huffington Post
Occupy Wall Street
Pete Seeger at Wikipedia
Woody Guthrie at Wikipedia