WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE

Latest update on 22/03/2018

Artist: Pete Seeger
Author: Pete Seeger
Label: Folkways
Year: 1960

Inspired by three lines in Russian song Koloda Duda that he knew from Mikhael Sholokov's novel And Quiet Flows The Don (1934): Where are the flowers, The girls have plucked them, Where are the girls, They've all taken husbands, Where are the men, They're all in the army. The melody has been regarded as an Irish-American woodchopper's tune (Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill), but then there's the beginning of every stanza in Daar Was Eens Een Meisje Vroeger Opgestaan, track VI-1 in box set Onder De Groene Linde (M&W - 2008). Sure, it's only been recorded in 1967, but the Dutch singer (born in 1905) learned it from his mother! That's what you get with oral tradition, where no two identical versions exist, unless collected among long term convicts, sharing the same prison cell or chain gang for years.

Covers:

1962:

Marlène Dietrich [as Sag Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind; translated by Max Colpet; also as Qui peut dire où vont les fleurs?]

1962:

Kingston Trio [hit US]

1962:

Peter, Paul & Mary

1962:

Joan Baez [and in '65 in German]

1962:

Dalida [hit Fr as Que sont devenues les fleurs]

1963:

Searchers

1963:

Springfields [with Dusty, in German]

1963:

Jaap Fischer [as Zeg Me Waar De Bloemen Zijn]

1963:

Conny Vandenbos [as Waar Zijn Alle Bloemen Toch, translated by Annie M.G. Schmidt]

1963:

Bobby Darin

1964:

Eddy Arnold

1964:

Vera Lynn

1964:

Brothers Four

1964:

Four Seasons

1965:

Grady Martin [instrumental]

1965:

Johnny Rivers

1966:

Harry Belafonte

1967:

Walter Jackson [R&B version]

1967:

Laurentius Scheenen [at the beginning of every stanza in Daar Was Eens Een Meisje Vroeger Opgestaan, collected by Dutch Lomax Ate Doornbosch in Heythuysen (Limburg); see note]

1967:

Wes Montgomery

1968:

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

1968:

Wes Montgomery [instrumental]

1972:

Richie Havens

1972:

Earth, Wind & Fire

1973:

Juliane Werding [as Sag' mir wo die Blumen sind]

1978:

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias

1982:

Wolf Maahn

1983:

Yellow Magic Orchestra

1987:

Bernie Sanders

1996:

Culture [as Down In Babylon]

1998:

Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane & Vedram Smailovic

2000:

A.P.P.L.E. [punk version]

2004:

Olivia Newton-John

2005:

Dolly Parton

2008:

Chris DeBurgh

2009:

Jimmy Sommerville

2014:

Einstürzende Neubauten [as Sag mir wo die Blumen sind]

2014:

Jan Rot [as Waar Zijn Alle Bloemen Heen]

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