Posted by Doug Draper on Niagara At Large
February 27th, 2017
For at least as far back as one of the first great marches on Washington for civil rights in 1963, and the the anti-war and environmental movements going back to killing fields of Vietnam and the first Earth Day in 1970, the folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary was always there, singing songs and raising a voice for a better life for people on this planet.
Mary Travers may now be gone – she passed away eight years ago – but Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey are still at it, this time going viral on YouTube with a song performed by Paul with an introductory statement from Peter.
That lyrics to the song, sung to the music of the late Nat King Cole’s classic hit ‘Unforgettable’, are all about Trump in the White House and it is called “Impeachable,” which would most certainly be music to the ears of many Americans I know.
‘People have been wondering what folksinger/activists, some of them septuagenarians like Noel Paul Stookey and me, might be doing in the face of the current cataclysmic challenges to our democracy and our nation,” Paul’s old mate Peter says in the introduction.
“The answer is simple: we are going to keep on keeping on. We inherited a legacy from Woody, Pete Seeger and the Weavers and many others who inspired us. They never quit, never stopped and never stopped advocating. Doing so is “in our blood” and it’s a great gift to both Noel and me, as it would be to Mary – were she still to be with us. She would join, even (or maybe especially) at our advanced age, the current advocacies that ‘hammer out a warning’, ‘ring out danger’ and ‘sing about the love between our brothers and our sisters’.”
“No, we’ve not ‘gone away’. We, and others who also come from the folk music/activist tradition, are solidly committed to using our music to generate community and consensus at our concerts and at gatherings and demonstrations to confront the most dangerous of challenges now threatening our country. …” – In solidarity and love, Peter.
In that spirit, you can see and hear Paul Stookey perform “Impeachable” by clicking here –
.Here also is a text of the lyrics –
Impeachable, that’s what you are…
Impeachable, and yet so far…
You’ve avoided closer scrutiny
And even though Vlad-i-mer Putin, he
Opens many doors, it only makes you more…
Impeachable, and when, some day
We can say ‘you’re fired’ and you go away
You may have thought you were unreachable (but) history makes some moments teachable:
Someday Pence may be impeachable too
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