This is originally a really good union rallying song with a message that won’t be denied. Pete Seeger filled this little ditty with his unique brand of soft authority and gentle power that he always seemed to be able to imbue on this kind of songs.

Kronos Quartet with the help of the always brilliant Lee Knight gently re-imagines the tune in such a way that they knock all other versions of it out of the water while still managing to make it unambiguously still feel like a tribute to Seeger. I wouldn’t even begin to tell you how Kronos Quartet do that or keep up their 47 years of consistent superhumanly inspired work, I suspect deals with dubious entities at crossroads, any which way, this is how it is and I’ll happily just refrain from asking any questions and you should too.


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