Pete Seeger

"I usually figure a song that I compose is like a child: mine to control only as long as it sticks around the house. When it goes out into the world, it grows and has a life of its own, or maybe dies. I'm glad to collect royalties when someone records it, of course, and I'll fight to prevent it from being bowdlerized or emasculated. But in the long run, it is those who listen to the song throughout the world who will decide which version will last, and which will be forgotten."

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