Songs of Peace and War
I first started singing for
peace in 1946 and now – by
some trick they do—it’s already 2010. You can imagine how
lucky I feel to still be around, and how proud I am to sing for peace
wherever I can. (My new bumper sticker says “I’m already
against the NEXT war!”)
But I’m hungry as hell to know what new
songs are being written and which of the older songs are still standing
up to the insanity of
war. The young generations seem to understand that war is basically obsolete.
But all of us know that to abolish war as a form of human interaction
will still require everything we can do or say or dream or sing.
This workshop will be a place where we can show each other the best
musical tools we have for this unprecedented moment when our country
is engaged in several hot wars, either overtly or covertly, at the same
time that our misguided angry tax payers are still supporting large military
bases all around the globe.
Bring your new songs, sing them here for the rest of us and even bring
some to pass around. I might sing a few of the old ones and teach you
one or two that I have found useful whenever you want the whole crowd
to lift their voices along with their fists. My goal is to have us all
leave better equipped for the epoch-making task we have ahead.
“Last night I had the strangest dream
I never dreamed before:
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.”
Barbara Dane has been performing and recording
since the 1950s. See her full biography under the Faith
Petric Stage on this website, and at www.barbaradane.net.