History Repeats

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Seems we never learn from history, so we are doomed to repeat our mistakes over and over again.  The Civil Rights era of the 1960s was a violent time of racial prejudice and hate played out on the streets of the South. Here we are almost forty years later still repeating the prejudice, hate and violence against our fellow men.

Today’s events
Take me back to the sixties

Blowin’ in the Wind

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“How many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry?”

Bob Dillon –  Blowin in the Wind

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

My preference is Peter, Paul and Mary’s version of the song. Click below to listen…

 

The Ship’s Bell Tolls – (a Hai bun)

 

The Ship’s Bell Tolls

One of my favorite songs of all time is the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. The haunting lyrics tell such a great story. It recounts the perilous journey of a freighter loaded with 26,000 tons of steel headed for the car factories of Cleveland, Ohio.  It must have been a scary sad time when the sailors realized they were taking on water and going down.  The cold icy waters of Lake Superior took their toll and all was lost.

Icy wind whistles

Superior’s fright’ning death song

Sailors all go down

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The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot : YouTube.com

 

Let’s Get Together

Watching the peaceful transfer of power in the United States today made me thankful that all voices can be heard. If you are under forty you were not around in the turbulent times of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Viet Nam War was escalating and the nation was bitterly divided. Marches and protests were going on beyond anything we see today.

During that time, Folk Music emerged and blended into pop music as well. A group called The Youngbloods sang the song Get Together. The words speak of peace and coming together a nation.   As I saw those protesting and pushing hate for our new President,  I thought this would be a good the poem/song for the day. “Come on People, now, smile on your brother.  Yeh, Let’s get together and love one another right now…” The words say it all. The music isn’t bad either!