RELEASE
1966
LABEL
Columbia
GENRES
Folk, Traditional Folk, Political Folk, Folk Revival, Children's Folk, Folksongs

Album Review

In 1966, when the topical song movement had gained national attention through the newly written material of Bob Dylan and such compatriots as Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger set out to demonstrate that "protest" songs were not a new thing by putting together an album largely made up of traditional material that had its roots in long-since-forgotten political issues, everything from the nursery rhyme "Little Jack Horner" to the Civil War march "John Brown's Body." Further, Seeger suggested that everything is political, whether it's the apparently comic children's song "Beans in My Ears" or that piece of Irish advice "Never Wed an Old Man." ("In the long run, the most truly dangerous songs of all may prove to be love songs and lullabies," he wrote in the liner notes.) And then there were songs that all would agree are political (though humorous), such as "The Pill" and Ochs' "Draft Dodger Rag." The resulting collection is one of Seeger's funniest, and at the same time most pointed albums. It took Columbia Records 32 years to reissue it on CD, with three bonus tracks from the sessions.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Medley: Robin the Bobbin/Mary, Mary Quite Contrary/Little Jack Hornerhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdangerous-songs%252Fid190188071%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Die Gedanken Sind Freihttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdie-gedanken-sind-frei%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188079%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Jackarohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjackaro%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188082%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Never Wed an Old Manhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fnever-wed-an-old-man%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188087%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. John Brown's Bodyhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjohn-browns-body%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188149%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Going Across the Mountainshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fgoing-across-the-mountains%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188230%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Harry Simmshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fharry-simms%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188232%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. King Henryhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fking-henry%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188262%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Medley: Ode to Joy/Goliath, Goliathhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdangerous-songs%252Fid190188071%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. Queen Anne Fronthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fqueen-anne-front%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188393%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Joe Hill's "Casey Jones"http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjoe-hills-casey-jones%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188416%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. One Grain of Sandhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fone-grain-of-sand%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188440%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. The Pillhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-pill%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188488%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. The Draft Dodger Raghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-draft-dodger-rag%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188522%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Mao Tse Tunghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fmao-tse-tung%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188635%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Walking Down Death Rowhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwalking-down-death-row%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188673%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Two from Shakespeare: Full Fathom Five/Perchance to Winghttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fdangerous-songs%252Fid190188071%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Beans in My Earshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fbeans-in-my-ears%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188781%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Equinoxial [#][*]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fequinoxial%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188799%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Joe Hill's "Casey Jones" [Alternate Take][#][*]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fjoe-hills-casey-jones%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188858%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  21. What Next? [#][*]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004130010074501&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fwhat-next%252Fid190188071%253Fi%253D190188873%2526uo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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