Do you have room for this little note on your excellent Pete Seeger tribute page?
After the terrible terror attack in Oslo, that killed 77 people and was performed by a right wing extremist, the answer from both the government and the people was: More democracy, more openness, more love. In Oslo there was a mourning mass meeting 25.07. 200 000 people showed up with roses in their hands. This is 1/3 of the total population in Oslo!
The Norwegian Poet Nordahl Grieg’s poem ” To the young ones” from 1936 became Norway’s second national anthem during the mournings. But a Pete Seeger song also was there.
During the mourning in Oslo, the mourners sang the Norwegian version of Pete Seeger’s song ”The rainbow race”, translated by Pete’s friend Lillebjørn (”Little Bear”) Nilsen. Everybody held each other’s hands, raised their flowers and sang together. And everybody knew the words. They were the positive message we wanted to give each other these terrible days.
Thank you, Pete, for giving us one of the songs we needed in such an ugly time!
MY RAINBOW RACE
One blue sky above us
One ocean lapping all our shore
One earth so green and round
Who could ask for more
And because I love you
I’ll give it one more try
To show my rainbow race
It’s too soon to die.
1. Some folks want to be like an ostrich,
Bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams
Can unclench all those greedy hands.
Some hope to take the easy way:
Poisons, bombs. They think we need ’em.
Don’t you know you can’t kill
all the unbelievers?
There’s no shortcut to freedom.
2. Go tell, go tell all the little children.
Tell all the mothers and fathers too.
Now’s our last chance to learn to share
What’s been given to me and you.
Words and Music by Pete Seeger (1967)
(c) 1970 by Sanga Music Inc.