Song-A-Day: January 28

Hopefully by now you’ve heard of the passing of a very important person in the history of American Folk Music in Pete Seeger, who’s death this morning put a close to a wonderful life that lasted for ninety-four years. Seeger was one of the earliest artists to give some popularity to folk music as early as the 1940’s and continued to do performances as soon as last year. The passing of great artists is a difficult thing to accept, but fortunately one of the advantages of being an artist is that your life’s work doesn’t die with you, and so for today’s Song-A-Day I would like to honor Mr. Seeger with his uplifting and hopeful song “Quite Early Morning”.

Don’t you know it’s darkest before the dawn
And it’s this thought keeps me moving on
If we could heed these early warnings
The time is now quite early morning
If we could heed these early warnings
The time is now quite early morning

Some say that humankind won’t long endure
But what makes them so doggone sure?
I know that you who hear my singing
Could make those freedom bells go ringing
I know that you who hear my singing
Could make those freedom bells go ringing

And so keep on while we live
Until we have no, no more to give
And when these fingers can strum no longer
Hand the old banjo to young ones stronger
And when these fingers can strum no longer
Hand the old banjo to young ones stronger

So though it’s darkest before the dawn
These thoughts keep us moving on
Through all this world of joy and sorrow
We still can have singing tomorrows
Through all this world of joy and sorrow
We still can have singing tomorrows

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