Thursday, 26 April 2012

Breivik and Pete Seeger

Norwegian fascist Anders Breivik got a mass answer today in Oslo and elsewhere across Norway where huge numbers of people (40,000 in Oslo alone) came together to sing "Barn av regnbuen", a 1973 hit singer-songwriter Lillebjorn Nilsen which for Breivik represented the "Marxist brainwashing of Norwegian children".

Here's the original, Pete Seeger's "My rainbow race" (with Spook Handy, 2010). Simple enough stuff, of course, but as Niako Daolin once said, "any child of three knows this, but even a man of eighty can't do it":

"Some folks want to be like an ostrich / bury their heads in the sand.
Some hope that plastic dreams / can unclench all those greedy hands".