Sunday, April 01, 2007

This Machine

Today is Sunday, 1 April 2007.

HH is 55, on this date, a fine symetry.

In early 1972, HH, a "fugitive from justice" for having returned his draft cards to the Federal government, in resistance to the Indochina War, was "hid out" for a week by a friend in Okemah, Oklahoma, in the ruins of the house where Woody Guthrie had been born 60 years before.

Herewith, Woody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeTWqCUjVoQ.

Woody had a slogan on his guitar: "This Machine Kills Fascists".

His friend, Pete Seeger, has a slogan on his guitar: "This Machine Surrounds Hate, and Forces It to Surrender".

Herewith, Pete:

Surround with Love
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time
Hatred ceases through love
This is unalterable law
The Buddha

During World War II, Woody Guthrie painted on the face of his guitar, "This machine kills fascists."

Years later, Pete Seeger circled his banjo head with the words, "This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."


Long time passing, Pete wrote a song about 9.11.01:


It was a dawn of autumn beauty
A bright September day
Some moved across the bridge to work
While others flew away
Just ordinary people
Where they were meant to be
Taking care of work and life
Just like you and me

Chorus:
We cherish those who lost their lives
We will always remember
We shall surround hate with love
And force it to surrender

The planes were taken over
The buildings torn and red
Hands reached out for other hands
And final words were said
When the calls connected
From land or from above
While facing fears of death and loss
They only spoke of love

Chorus:
We cherish those who lost their lives
We will always remember
We shall surround hate with love
And force it to surrender

"Tell my kids I love them"
"He's my friend, I'll stay"
"I love you, mom, please take my dog"
"I'll show you the way"
"Leave your chair, we'll carry you"
"Bless your firefighter's soul"
"A few of us are taking them,
Ready, guys? Let's roll"

Chorus:
We cherish those who lost their lives
We will always remember
We shall surround hate with love
And force it to surrender

Four brutal acts of terror
What sprang up in their place
Were a million acts of courage
A million acts of grace
Many thousands made it out
Many thousands gone
Their acts of human decency
Will help us carry on

Chorus:
We cherish those who lost their lives
We will always remember
We shall surround hate with love
And force it to surrender

Now the world considers
An answer for this crime
We ask if meeting hate with hate
Will finally work this time
A time of deep reflection
All families to think of
And those who when it mattered most
Only spoke of love

Chorus:
We cherish those who lost their lives
We will always remember
We shall surround hate with love
And force it to surrender.

The happiest of birthdays to Woody, Pete, and you.

2 Comments:

Anonymous hari said...

Happy birthday, HH!

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Someone's Godmother said...

Happy Birthday! Send some roses to your Mother!

11:53 AM  

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