For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th birthday

by Mike Pengra

Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden.
Pete Seeger's 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden. (Andrew Goetz)
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Listen to the audio from For Pete's Sake: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday, a live program that took place at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., on May 3, 2014.

View or download a PDF of the printed program from the show.

The show was produced by Larry Long and American Roots Revue. You can view a slideshow of this concert on Larry Long's website.

Part One

Welcoming: Larry Long & William Bunton (Freedom School Scholar)

"For Pete's Sake" Larry Long
Words & music by Larry Long. © Larry Long 2014 / BMI

Pete Seeger Day Proclamation: read by David Wellstone (Son of Senator Paul & Sheila Wellstone), Representative Frank Hornstein

Honoring Tinya Seeger: gifted by Waubanewquay Dorene Day & Mitch Walking Elk

"How Can I Keep From Singing" Dan Chouinard, Lorna Her Many horses, Ann Reed
Traditional / 5th verse by Doris Plenn

"Where Have All The Flowers Gone" Mitch Walking Elk
Words and music by Pete Seeger (1955) with 4th and 5th verses by Joe Hickerson. 1961 renewed by Sanga Music, Inc.

"Truth is a Rabbit in a Bramble Patch" read by Dale Connelly, News Director, KFAI, Fresh Air Community Radio
"My Rainbow Race" Cameron Wright
Words and music by Pete Seeger (1967). © 1970 by Sanga Music, Inc.

"Oh Freedom" Joyful Noize
Traditional African American spiritual

"The Most Important Lesson" read by Anthony Galloway, Student Learning Programs Specialist, West Metro Education Program

"Jacob's Ladder" Robert Robinson
Traditional

"Internationale" Prudence Johnson
Words by Eugene Pottier. Music by Pierre De Geyter. English translation by Billy Bragg.

"Each Step Forward" read by Randy Furst & Chris Serres, Minnesota Newspaper Guild

"Union Maid" Pop Wagner, Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire
Words by Woody Guthrie. Sung to the tune of "Pretty Redwing." © 1970 Ludlow Music, Inc. Verse 3 composed by Pop Wagner, Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire

"In the Days of the Vietnam War" read by Rod Volker, Vietnam Veteran, Marine Corps, Bring a Vet Home

"The Torn Flag" Tim Frantzich
Words by Pete Seeger (1969). Music by Dan Bern. TRO - © 1970 Melody Trails, Inc., New York, N.Y.

"Malvina Reynolds" read by Scarlett Lopez Cruz & Hector Lopez Cruz,Actors and Youth Activists

"Little Boxes" Ann Reed
Words & music by Malvina Reynolds. © 1962 Schroeder Music Company.

"Oh Had I A Golden Thread" Tonia Hughes
Words and music by Pete Seeger (1958). © 1959 by Stormking Music Inc.

"Contribute to the Park Avenue Children's Defense Fund Freedom School" read by Dale Connelly

"If I Had A Hammer" Prudence Johnson, Chastity Brown, Aimee Bryant
Words by Lee Hayes. Music by Pete Seeger. TRO - © 1962 Ludlow Music, Inc.

Part Two

"Amazing Grace" Larry Long & Dan Chouinard

"It's Nice to Travel" read by Jacob Reitan, LGBT Activist, Founder of Soulforce Equality Ride

"River That Flows Both Ways" Courtney Yasmineh
Words & Music by Rick Nestler. © Figs. D Music Inc. O.B.O. Sanga Music, Figs. D Music Inc.

"Into the Very Teeth of the Gale" read by Louis Alemayehu, Poet

"Somos El Barco" Estaire Godinez
Words & music by Lorre Wyatt. © 1985 Lorre Wyatt, Roots & Branches Music. Verses 3 & 4 composed by Larry Long

"Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger" read by Jacqueline Long, Attorney, Community Activist

"Turn, Turn, Turn" Van nixon, Barb Tilsen, Patty Kakac
Words from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Music and additional words by Pete & Toshi Seeger. TRO © 1962 Melody Trails, Inc.

"Stars in the Galaxy" read by Rhiana Yazzie, Playwright, Artistic Director of New Native Theatre

"One Grain of Sand" Prudence Johnson
Words & music by Pete Seeger. TRO - © 1965 Ludlow Music, Inc.

"Farmers Shootin' Out" read by Larry Leventhal, Attorney, Community Activist

"Guantanamera" Cyril Paul
Original lyrics & music by Jose Fernandez Dias. Music arranged & adapted by Julian Orbon, Hector Angulo & Pete Seeger. Words (verses) by Jose Marti, lyrics adapted by Julian Orbon (1949). © 1963, 1965 (renewed) by Fall River Music, Inc.

"The Water Is Wide" John Gorka
Traditional. New last verse by Pete Seeger. Guitar arrangment by Pete Seeger. © 1993 Sanga Music, Inc.

"Paul Robeson" read by Sharon Sayles Belton, Former Mayor of Minneapolis & Dr. Josie Johnson, Civil Rights & Social Justice Elder.

"Keep Your Eyes On The Prize" Aimee Bryant, Chastity Brown
Traditional

"It's Been a Long, Hard Struggle" read by Alanna Galloway, Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO

"This Land Is Your Land Larry Long, Lorna Her Many Horses
Words & music by Woody Guthrie. New verses by Pete Seeger & friends. Lakota translation by Lorna Her Many Horses. TRO - © 1970 Ludlow Music, Inc.

"The Nibi Song" ("The Water Song") Waubanewquay Dorene Day
Words & music by Waubanewquay Dorene Day. © Waubanewquay Dorene Day (2007).

"Everywhere I Go" read by Ann Bancroft, Polar Explorer, Founder of Ann Bancroft Foundation

"We Shall Overcome" Robert Robinson, spoken word by Brittany Delaney
Musical & lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan & Pete Seeger. Inspired by African-American gospel singing, members of the Food & Tobacco Workers Union, Charleston, SC, and the southern Civil Rights Movement. TRP - © 1963 (renewed) Ludlow Music, Inc., New York, N.Y.

"To My Old Brown Earth" read by Reverend Dr. Will Healy, Park Avenue Methodist Church
Words & music by Pete Seeger. Copyright © 1964 by Stormking Music, Inc.

"God's Counting On Me, God's Counting On You" Larry Long, Tim Frantzich, Robert Robinson
Words & music by Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt. © Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt (2008).

"Closing Remarks" Prudence Johnson

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