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Sheet music for "We Shall Overcome"

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Pete Seeger Is Born
May 3, 1919

Many folk singers write songs about current events, and Peter Seeger was no different. "We Shall Overcome," which he co-wrote, was a song often sung during civil rights protests of the 1960s. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" a song popularized by the Byrds in 1965, draws its lyrics from the Bible's Book of Ecclesiastes. It says that there is a time and a place for everything - even war. The song was released during the height of the Vietnam War. Its last line is "A time for peace, I swear it's not too late."
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