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And before I’d be a slave: Peace Song for 1/22/2012

“Oh Freedom (O Freedom)” is the Peace Song of the Day for January 22, 2012. You can find lyrics, chords, and resources for this song in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 62. It’s a great song to add verses to.

The video below is a beautiful and soulful rendition, done by a young woman inspired by the music of Odetta

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Do what the spirit says: Peace Song for 1/7/2012

You Gotta Sing, made famous by Raffi, is the Peace Song of the Day for January 7th. This song is about joy, spirit, and intention. You gotta sing when the spirit says sing!

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Teach your children well: Peace Song for 11/30/2011 (catch-up)

“Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is (or was) the Peace Song of the Day for November 30th. (We are playing catch-up again!). You can find the lyrics to this song in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 113.

Video below is the song as performed by David Crosby and Graham Nash at Occupy Wall Street…

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As the season turns: Peace Song for 11/8/2011

Turn, Turn, Turn” by Pete Seeger is the Peace Song of the Day for November 8th. (Yes, dear readers, I missed a couple of days and am playing catch up!) You can find the words to “Turn, Turn, Turn” — which are adapted from The Bible, Book of Ecclesiastes — on page 228 of the Rise Up Singing songbook.

I am dedicating this song to everyone who feels funny, anxious, excited, or depressed by the changing of seasons and the clocks being adjusted. Take care of yourself, talk to someone if you need to, and realize it is all part of a glorious cycle!

-Susanna, Duchess of Peace
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Deep Blue Sea: Peace Song for 10/28/2011

Deep Blue Sea” is the Peace Song of the Day for Friday, October 28th.

The music for “Deep Blue Sea” is traditional. I first learned this song from a Sweet Honey In The Rock tape I used to listen to over and over again. Though, you can also find a really cool version of the song, that emphasizes peace, in my favorite, campfire songbook, Rise Up Singing. Those lyrics, with explicit antiwar sentiments, are by John Bell. The video below is with The Weavers.

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You Can’t Kill The Spirit: Peace Song for 10/18/2011

Can’t Kill The Spirit” by Naomi Littlebear Morena is the Peace Song of the Day for 10/18/2011, as chosen by Susanna, Duchess of Peace. You can find the words to this song in Duchess Susanna’s favorite, campfire, sing-a-long book, Rise Up Singing.

Everyone should have a copy of this songbook, just in case they find themselves at a folk music jam or a demonstration. You can buy Rise Up Singing at Powell’s Books online: here. (Powell’s is a union shop, and an independent book store.)
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