To my old brown earth
And to my old blue sky
I’ll now give these last few molecules of “I.”
And you who sing,
And you who stand nearby,
I do charge you not to cry.
Guard well our human chain,
Watch well you keep it strong,
As long as sun will shine.
And this our home,
Keep pure and sweet and green,
For now I’m yours
And you are also mine

Songwriters: Peter Seeger
To My Old Brown Earth lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company

the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YwKPOgz5o

Studs Terkel on Pete Seeger:  https://www.thenation.com/article/pete-seeger-aint-no-one-him

recommended; Pete Seeger:  The Power of Song (PBS documentary):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udxvBtu8G3s

photo:  Astrid Stalwarz, Getty Images

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