Pete Seeger, born Peter Seeger

Pete
Seeger, born Peter Seeger
1919
2014

American Folk Singer of Protest Music

Author Quotes

A productive mistake is: (1) made in the service of mission and vision; (2) acknowledged as a mistake; (3) learned from; (4) considered valuable; (5) shared for the benefit of all.

The world will be saved by people fighting for their homes.

Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business. But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them.

There's no hope, but I may be wrong.

And in the sixties, during the Vietnam war, when anarchists and pacifists and socialists, Democrats and Republicans, decent-hearted Americans, all recoiled with horror at the bloodbath, we came together.

This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.

At the audition, your assignment is to find something new in the song. Something you've never noticed before. A breath carried over, a thought that ties the whole thing together. Then take the risk and do it.

Through the sixties I still had to occasionally free picket lines and bomb threats.

But I decline to say who has ever listened to them, who has written them, or other people who have sung them.

To live you have to experiment, to have the ability to experiment you have to have confidence, to have confidence you have to be loved, to be loved you have to love.

But if by some freak of history communism had caught up with this country, I would have been one of the first people thrown in jail.

I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches.

I feel that in my whole life I have never done anything of any conspiratorial nature and I resent very much and very deeply the implication of being called before this Committee that in some way because my opinions may be different from yours, that I am any less of an American than anyone else.

I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.

I know many beautiful songs from your home county, Carbon, and Monroe, and I hitchhiked through there and stayed in the homes of miners.

I like to say I'm more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.

I love my country very deeply, sir.

In the sixties, during the Vietnam war, when anarchists and pacifists and socialists, Democrats and Republicans, decent-hearted Americans, all recoiled with horror at the bloodbath, we came together.

Many Americans knew their lives and their souls were being struggled for, and they fought for it. And I felt I should carry on.

My father, Charles Seeger, got me into the Communist movement. He backed out around '38. I drifted out in the 50's.

Some of my ancestors were religious dissenters who came to America over three hundred years ago. Others were abolitionists in New England in the eighteen forties and fifties.

The world would never amount to a hill of beans if people didn't use their imaginations to think of the impossible.

The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth and sing. What a mistake that would be.

Technology will save us if it doesn't wipe us out first.

Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches. Songs are sneaky things; they can slip across borders.

Author Picture
First Name
Pete
Last Name
Seeger, born Peter Seeger
Birth Date
1919
Death Date
2014
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American Folk Singer of Protest Music