“The Great Mandala (Wheel of Life)” by Peter Yarrow is the Peace Song of the Day for June 25, 2012.
The lyrics are unusual for a peace song, because they use the discourse of the opposition. And, the song also includes sensitive reflections of male pride and self-defense mechanisms. A father, who has already lost one son to war, tells his other son, “So I told him that he’d better shut his mouth, and do his job like a man…”
I realized the power of this song, because it was praised by Richie Havens in the movie Peter, Paul and Mary – Carry It On – A Musical Legacy.
“We Shall Not Be Moved” is the Royal Peace Song of the Day for Wednesday, October 5th. Duchess Susanna would like to dedicate this song to the folks who will be moving and marching in NYC today. You can find the full lyrics, and added verses, and some verses in Spanish, in the Rise Up Singing songbook on page 260.
Below is a video of this song, performed at Day 16 of Occupy Wall Street. Peter Yarrow led the group, on a day that also included inspiration from Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman.