Steve Earle‘s song, “Steve’s Hammer (for Pete)“, is the Peace Song of the Day for March 25th. As the title hints at, this song is dedicated to Pete Seeger. The song is from Earle’s album, Washington Square Serenade.
“Steve’s Hammer” tells about the day when the war is over, and there isn’t any hunger and pain, so all of us peace and justice activists can finally take a bring and sing a silvery tune. In other words, the song embodies why it is called “The Struggle”.
Excerpt from lyrics:
One of these days I’m gonna lay this hammer down
And I won’t have to drag this weight around
When there ain’t no hunger
And there ain’t no pain
Then I won’t have to swing this thing
One of these day I’m gonna lay this hammer down
Peace Song for November 23, 2011:
Christmas in Washington (Come back Woody Guthrie) by Steve Earle
Peace Song for July 21, 2011
If I Had A Hammer by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger
Peace Song for November 8, 2011:
Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger
Peace Song for November 12, 2011:
Take It From Dr. King by Pete Seeger
Peace Song for November 10, 2011:
The Bell by Stephan Said (Stephan Smith)
Pete Seeger appears on this song. The song has a similar feel to the “work rhythms” in “Steve’s Hammer”.
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The Duke and Duchess of Peace understand that one of the paths to peace is to find soulful and nonviolent entertainment, and to express oneself with art and song. The Peace Song of the Day project includes many folk songs. Though, other genres have been represented, including rap, jazz, and rock. We try to post songs that are singable, or at least have a singable hook that can be used as a chant or mantra. Hope you might flip through our list to find an old or new song to inspire your activism or occupation!