Pete Seeger discusses political songs

Pete Seeger discusses political songs



music helps all sorts of movements and anti movements too I guess unions for hundreds of years literally have been helped by music I knew Daniel Valdez of Teatro campesino quite well he translated wood is great song deportees into Spanish curiously after I brought in portrait Puerto Rico didn't know about he translated deportees into Puerto Rican Spanish and just recently I heard that somebody in Ecuador has translated him what he wrote these great words and I a college student wrote the music for it after what he'd gone into the hospital but uh Teatro campesino I think is mainly responsible for teaching the rest of the America the great song of de colores I didn't know maybe you didn't know it was a bishop in Spain in 1939 when Franco took over said I must show the people that the church does not always side with a rich against the poor and he started a movement within the Catholic Church I think it's called course eagle and worker priests go into a factory and get a job and show the bald legally they're not allowed to strike there's lots of little things they can do to show the boss that he should improve things and the movement spread to Latin America and then Chavez brought this song up to this country now it's all around one of oh the song he wasn't all Spanish folk song like Old MacDonald has a farm but it had this verse in the middle of it about the colors in since in spring in the in colors in colors that the flowers have seen in spring in colors and colors the little birds fly from afar in colors in colors of rainbow arcs so clearly that's Noah God gave Noah the rainbow sign the more water fire next time and that's the became the main verse as they sang it and it's still sung in Latin America and it's spreading up here I think it's one of the world's great song the bishop want to have a theme song you didn't want to have a usual Union song which would alarm the authorities so he made this country song that the theme song of the courseƶ movement

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