You are my jury," Pete Seeger sang, and the more than 1,000 students who Sanders delivered an impassioned verdict of approval. As expected, sprinkled strong doses of politics throughout the evening of love, work, just-plain-nonsense songs, and his audience couldn't get enough, bringing the controversial singer for three encore sessions with standing ovations. Seeger claimed afterwards he had received many enthusiastic receptions by large groups, "but never one like this."
The lanky banjo plucker brought the evening to its emotional climax with a version of "Wasn't That a Time" when he declared (in song) that everything in my life attests to my loyalty."
There was never any question where sympathies of the students were; gave the singer a five minute standing ovation before he sang a note.
After commenting that he "had looked to hearing Professor Howe on the First Amendment, he sang "Freedom City," a bitter song about voting in Tennessee, and followed with a song supposedly written by Zenger.
The audience was itchy: it just didn't wait to join in, and it was when singing. Even the "Banks Marble," a song urging workers to make a stand . . . and own banks" brought warm audience .
All Sorts of Things
songs dealt with all sorts of . One was about "a girl with as soft as velvet, and she blew up in the Polish resistance to and another described a more girl on the Colorado trail. A melody told of "dean's inspecting at Swarthmore, where "more- and there's no sin at all."
the friendly house had its biggest when Seeger announced he the three songs mentioned in . "I have to sing them they are good songs and I've stand by them. I've got a right them for anyone." The students wildly.
joined in on the quite harmless and known "Midnight Special," and the was even better for the "Ham- Song," which encourages love "my brothers and my sisters." "Wasn't That a Time," Seeger drove his message home.
"Didn't Like Hitler"
song he proclaimed, "I believe when they wrote the Constitution meant what they said; they didn't their tongues in their cheeks." line reports, "I didn't like and I don't like Hitlerish ideas country." A Congressman during Un-American Activities hearings described the song as satire on the Bill of Rights."
the program, Seeger admitted he surprised" by the Administration's refusal to let him appear, but very surprised" by the reversal the students of Harvard would firmly."