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9:30am - 11:00am


4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 & 5/19

Six Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

Pete Seeger dubbed the folksingers who came after Woody Guthrie “Woody’s Children.”  Coming of age in the Sixties, their voices and songs became the conscience of a nation.  This course explores these songs and their singers: some well-known like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Peter Paul & Mary, and others less so, such as Catie Curtis, Aztec Two-Step, and Tom Chapin.  And how Yip Harburg, the songwriter for Wizard of Oz, Finian’s Rainbow, Brother Can You Spare a Dime and more, fit into this?)  The course features live music, recordings, discussions and lyric/chord sheets for highlighted songs.


How Can I Keep From Singing: The Ballad of Pete Seeger, David King Dunaway.  [Villard Books, 2008]

The Incomplete Folksinger, Pete Seeger and Jo Metcalf Schwartz. [Simon and Schuster, 1972]

Doug Mishkin J.D. George Washington University Law School, is a lawyer and folksinger.  His albums include “Climbing That Ladder” and “Woody’s Children” available at He is a regular participant in “Woody’s Children” radio show programs (WFUV-FM, host Robert Sherman), and has performed with Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin and others.

For the 1st Session (April 14th), please find the song lyric sheets below:

Lyrics My Dirty Stream.docx

Lyrics How Can I Keep From Singing.docx

Lyrics All Mixed Up.docx

For the 2nd Session (April 21st), please find the song lyric sheets below:

Lyrics Power and Glory.docx

Lyrics Love Me I'm A Liberal.docx

Lyrics I Ain't Marching Anymore.docx

Lyrics How Beautiful Upon The Mountain.docx

Lyrics Here's To The State of Mississippi.docx

Lyrics Changes.docx

Lyrics And If It's Not True.docx

Lyrics Along The Verdigris.docx

For the 3rd Session (April 28th), please find the song lyric sheets below:

Lyrics River of Jordan.docx

lyrics No Easy Walk to Freedom with chords.pdf

Lyrics In These Times.docx

Lyrics Greenwood.docx

Lyrics El Salvador.docx

lyrics Along the Verdigris with chords.pdf

For the 4th Session (May 5th), please find the song lyric sheets below:

lyrics Whose Garden Was This with chords.pdf

Lyrics Born on the Fourth of July.docx

For the 5th Session (May 12th), please find the song lyric sheets below:

lyrics World Don't Owe Me Nothing.docx

lyrics Heart of the Audience.docx

lyrics Good Luck In The Promised Land.docx

lyrics Choose Joy.docx

lyrics Almost Apocalypse.docx

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