Chapter Seventy

PETE'S SONG
[ folk-rock ]


         Swing lo, oh, sweet chariot
         Comin’ for to carry me home
         Swing lo, oh, sweet chariot
         Comin’ for to carry me on home. . .

         Now, where have all our heroes gone
         Long time passing, long ago?
         Since ’68 there’s scarce been one
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         We got’ta walk that lonesome valley
         River’s deep, the water is wide
         Ain’t nobody else can walk it for you or me
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         If I had a hammer and liberty bell to ring
         Comin’ for to carry me on home
         I’d ring an’ hammer all day ‘till peace an’ freedom reign
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         You know, they say this land was made for you an’ me
         Rainbow red, brown, yellow, black an’ white
         Sing out love for each other if you want it to be free
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         Plant seeds of justice in songs of freedom
         Comin’ for to carry me on home
         From Jerusalem on to the gates of Eden
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         Well, there’s no doubt, someday we shall overcome
         And we know love will remain
         An unbroken circle, links in the chain
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         Gonna turn swords into tools to feed the poor
         Truth and justice will fill the land
         There’s gonna be peace on earth, lion gonna lay down with the lamb
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         Yeah, there’s a time, time for every season
         And we’re gonna turn, turn, turn
         Pete sketched out the lesson, by God we’re gonna learn
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         Swing lo, sweet chariot
         Comin’ for to carry me on home
         Swing lo, sweet chariot
         Comin’ for to carry me on home

         ‘Till the human rights battle is won and at long last we’ve overcome
         Comin’ for to carry me on home *


Pete Seeger Biography      The Guacamole Fund

Operation Respect       Public Domain Foundation


DEDICATED TO:  Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey & Mary Travers; "Don't let the light go out".


*FootNote:  Based on lyrics from the following songs performed by Pete Seeger:  "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger (1961); "Lonesome Valley", traditional; "If I Had A Hammer" by Lee Hays & Pete Seeger (1949); "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie (1956); “Gates of Eden” by Bob Dylan (1965); "Turn, Turn, Turn" adapted from Ecclesiastes by Pete Seeger (1954); “We Shall Overcome” adapted by Pete Seeger from “I Will Overcome”, traditional and "Lonesome Valley", traditional--and as performed by Joan Baez, “Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot”, traditional--also based on titles of song collections:  Sing Out (1996) Seeds: the Songs of Pete Seeger; Volume 3 (2003) and A Link In The Chain (1996) and on the Vision of Isaiah, prophet of peace; you can bet neo-convict's malfeasant collective asses, we ain’t gonna study war no more (“Swing Low”).


           


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