Sunday, August 6, 2017

I Knock And Yet Remain Unseen

I Come And Stand At Every Door

By The Byrds

I come and stand at every door
But no one hears my silent tread
I knock and yet remain unseen
For I am dead, for I am dead

I'm only seven although I died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow

My hair was scorched by swirling flame
My eyes grew dim my eyes grew blind
Death came and turned my bones to dust
And that was scattered by the wind

I need no fruit I need no rice
I need no sweets nor even bread
I ask for nothing for myself
For I am dead, for I am dead

All that I ask is that for peace
You fight today, you fight today
So that the children of this world
May live and grow and laugh and play

(Original Poem, Hiroshima Child, By Nâzım Hikmet
English translation by Jeanette Turner
Adaptation by Pete Seeger)

The Byrds (L-R Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, Jim McGuinn, And Gene Clark)


  1. Adaptation by Pete Seeger. A known communist. A-bomb bad if in American hands. If Stalin had it first would have been good.

    1. Pete Seeger was indeed a Communist and a Stalinist. He was also a liar, a thief of intellectual property, and an all-around piece of the stinky brown stuff.

      This song sometimes still makes me cry, though.

  2. One aspect of the atomic bombings as could not be anticipated is that the Japanese in their misery saw themselves [and do see themselves still?] as the victims and not the perpetrators during the war. They had suffered a bad fate and forget about what occurred prior to that.

    1. I think everyone sees themselves as a victim. It is human nature.

      But in the end only the strong survive. And only for as long as they remain strong.