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Quite Early Morning

  • (Pete Seeger)

    You know it's darkest before the dawn
    And this thought keeps me moving on
    If we could heed these early warnings
    The time is now quite early morning
    If we could heed these early warnings
    The time is now quite early morning

    Some say that mankind won't long endure
    But what makes them feel so doggone sure
    I know that you who hear my singing
    Could make those freedom bells go ringing
    I know that you who hear my singing
    Could make those freedom bells go ringing

    And so we keep on while we live
    Till we have no, no more to give
    And when these fingers can strum no longer
    Hand the old guitar to a young one stronger
    And when these fingers can strum no longer
    Hand the old guitar to a young one stronger

    So though it's darkest before the dawn
    This thought keeps us moving on
    Through all this world of joy and sorrow
    We still can have singing tomorrows
    Through all this world of joy and sorrow
    We still can have singing tomorrows

    Yes, though it's darkest before the dawn
    This thought keeps us moving on
    If we could heed these early warnings
    The time is now quite early morning
    If we could heed these early warnings
    The time is now quite early morning

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1985:] Paradoxically, his troubles [in 1968] once again led Seeger back to music. He had reached the final phase of a now-familiar cycle. After his success in the mid-sixties and his censorship on TV, Pete again began composing songs of optimism, like Old Devil Time and [in 1969] Quite Early Morning. [...] This irrepressible optimism lay at the core of his art; the more defeats he suffered, the more resilient his music. (Dunaway, Seeger 279f)

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