After his release from Sachenhausen, after being imprisoned from 1937 to 1945, Pastor Martin Niemöller said these words, which became a famous quote. I labored for over 10 years to set them to music. Pete Seeger's NPR interview in the mid-1990s sparked my quest. "I often need to remind Protestants that their music was originally protest music," he commented. That became the seed for the line in the 3rd verse.
After I recorded this song on my 2007 CD "a piece of it all" I sent a copy to Pete with thanks for his life-long witness and credit for inspiring my setting. He wrote a postcard back with congratulations, signed "Your Friend, Old Pete" with his characteristic banjo drawing as part of his signature.
This performance was recorded & edited by Russ Hopkins from my 30-Dulcimer-Filled-Years concert at the Rialto Theatre in Loveland, Colorado. Teresa Lundgren played violin.
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