like many Pete Seeger songs, “My Children are Seven in Number” is in metered verse, making it easy to remember through its rhythm.
Seeger has said that one of his earliest musical lessons was that songs can be recycled. We can play whatever version of a song we want. We can take well known lyrics – and recreate songs with our own melodies and instruments – depending on our mood, circumstance, or purpose.
I took the melody and some of the lyrics from “My Children are Seven in Number,” and started writing my own song, as a tribute to Anna Mae Aquash, who I’ve been reading about.Annie Mae stood up for the people she taught the young truth & culture she took over the mayflower parade she occupied the BIA the FBI tried to suppress the movement no one knew who to believe someone thought Anna Mae an informer they kidnapped, questioned & killed her… they shot Anna Mae Aquash our leader her spirit abides with us still the spirit of strength and of justice no bullets have power to kill Annie Mae Annie May, we’re thinking of you today Annie Mae Annie May, we’re thinking of you today