Vol 18|No 4|April|2022

Where have all the flowers gone?

In this article, Jamie explores the sadly continuing relevance of Pete Seeger's 1955 antiwar song as Russia invades the Ukraine and untold thousands of young men and women are being slaughtered along with innocent civilians. Ironically, Seeger's song was inspired by lines taken from the traditional Cossack folk song "Koloda-Duda", referenced in the Mikhail Sholokhov novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1934).

"Where are the flowers?
The girls have plucked them.
Where are the girls?
They've all taken husbands.
Where are the men?
They're all in the army."


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