Pete Seeger, born Peter Seeger

Pete
Seeger, born Peter Seeger
1919
2014

American Folk Singer of Protest Music

Author Quotes

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.

Some may find them [songs] merely diverting melodies. Others may find them incitements to Red revolution. And who will say if either or both is wrong? Not I.

Shh. Listen to the sounds that surround you. Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre, the many lines of counterpoint. As light taught Monet to paint, the earth may be teaching you music.

Participation - that's what's gonna save the human race.

One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties.

In a world of private property, if something isn't owned by somebody, it's going to be misused by somebody else.

In a few lines of poetry he captured one of the great contradictions of the world: the heroism of people doing something, even knowing it was a crazy something. And he showed how the establishment has used music for thousands of years to support its way of thinking.

If singing were all that serious, frowning would make you sound better.

If I've got a talent, it's for picking the right song at the right time for the right audience. And I can always seem to get people to sing with me.

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.

I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.

I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.

I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it.

I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent the implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, make me less of an American.

I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.

I have been singing folksongs of America and other lands to people everywhere. I am proud that I never refused to sing to any group of people because I might disagree with some of the ideas of some of the people listening to me. I have sung for rich and poor, for Americans of every possible political and religious opinion and persuasion, of every race, color, and creed. The House committee wished to pillory me because it didn’t like some few of the many thousands of places I have sung for.

I fought for peace in the fifties.

I feel that my whole life is a contribution.

I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known.

I believe that my choosing my present course I do no dishonor to them, or to those who may come after me.

I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs.

Historically, I believe I was correct in refusing to answer their questions.

Education is what you get when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.

Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried by various establishments throughout the world. They force people to get involved in the kind of examination that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.

Author Picture
First Name
Pete
Last Name
Seeger, born Peter Seeger
Birth Date
1919
Death Date
2014
Bio

American Folk Singer of Protest Music