Een Shoot the Moon site laatst bijgewerkt op: 22 september 2021 ©  2021 Folk- en protestzanger Pete Seeger heeft veel beroemde nummers op zijn naam staan, zoals If I had a hammer, Turn! Turn! Turn! en dit lied. Hij schreef het (de eerste 3 coupletten) in 1955, geïnspireerd op een oud Kozakkenlied; in 1960 werden de overige coupletten geschreven door Joe Hickerson. Al in de jaren zestig was het tientallen malen gecoverd, en niet alleen in het Engels. Marlene Dietrich zong in het Engels, het Frans en het Duits. Die laatste versie (Sag mir wo die Blumen sind) was in 1963 ook in Nederland een hit. Er zijn zeker twee verschillende vertalingen in het Nederlands. Een daarvan werd in 1964 op single uitgebracht door niemand minder dan Jaap Fischer. Where have all the flowers gone Long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? The girls have picked them ev'ry one When will they ever learn When will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone Long time passing? Where have all the young girls gone Long time ago? Where have all the young girls gone? They've taken husbands, every one When will they ever learn When will they ever learn? Where have all the young men gone Long time passing? Where have all the young men gone Long time ago? Where have all the young men gone? They're all in uniform When will they ever learn When will they ever learn? Where have all the soldiers gone Long time passing? Where have all the soldiers gone Long time ago? Where have all the soldiers gone? They've gone to graveyards, every one When will they ever learn When will they ever learn? Where have all the graveyards gone Long time passing? Where have all the graveyards gone Long time ago? Where have all the graveyards gone? They're covered with flowers, every one When will they ever learn When will they ever learn? Where have all the flowers gone Long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls picked them, every one When will they ever learn When will they ever learn?
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