Pete Seeger (1919 – 2014)
Passing through. Passing through.
Sometimes happy, Sometimes blue.
Glad that I ran in to you.
Tell the people that you saw me passing through.
I saw Adam leave the garden with an apple in his hand,
I said, “Now you’re out, what are you gonna do?
Plant some crops and pray for rain, maybe raise a little Cain,
I’m an orphan and I’m only passing through.”
I saw Jesus on the cross on that hill called Calvary.
“Do you hate mankind for what they’ve done to you?”
He said, “Speak of love, not hate. Things to do, it’s getting late,
I’ve so little time and I’m just passing through.”
I shivered with George Washington one night at Valley Forge,
“Why do the soldiers freeze here like they do?”
He said, “Men will suffer, fight, even die for what is right,
Even though they know they’re only passing through.”
I was at Franklin Roosevelt’s side just a while before he died.
He said, “One world must come out of World War Two,
Yankee, Russian, white or tan, Lord, a man is just a man,
We’re all brothers and we’re only passing through.”
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