We were so saddened to hear of the recent death of American folk singer, songwriter and community activist¬†Pete Seeger¬† whose songs we’ve adored our entire lives. In honor of his music, we’ve rounded up 7 of our very favorite versions of songs either written or popularized by Pete Seeger, and performed especially for kids. And knowing the songs, probably our kids’ kids too.

 

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1.  If I Had A Hammer
A great introduction to Pete Seeger’s music with this traditional song all kids should know (and probably do).

 

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2. Skip To My Lou
This familiar children’s song is rollicking fun with Mr. Seeger’s¬†rapid-fire banjo playing and friendly delivery. Found on¬†Stories and Songs for Little Children.

3. Where Have All the Flowers Gone? 
Older kids can learn a lot about Pete Seeger’s contributions to music by listening any of the dozen songs on Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits, and this modern folk song can start a great conversation about politics and peace.

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4.  Quite Early Morning 
This poignant song is a Pete Seeger favorite, and it appeared on Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti. Definitely worth a download as a single if not the whole album.

 

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5.  Turn Turn Turn 
This special version of the classic performed by by Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell¬†includes lyrics specifically written for children by Pete’s wife Toshi.

6. Little Boxes 
One of my favorites for its gentle anti-conformity message, Pete Seeger’s hit¬†Little Boxes¬†sounds lush and pretty covered by The Real Tuesday Weld on the album¬†Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies.

 

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7  Well May the World Go 
I simply adore Brady Rymer’s guitar-strumming version of this wonderful Pete Seeger track, whose lyrics feel especially bittersweet now:¬†Well may the world go/¬†When I’m far away.

 

 RIP Pete Seeger. Thanks for contributing to American music in profound ways.

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