Since there has been war work, there has been peace work. This year, one hundred years since the start of World War One, we are more heavily surrounded by commemorations and memorials of war than usual. It is more important than ever that we mark our many years of peace work and continue to challenge the glorification of wars past and present, with the hope of preventing the potential wars of the future.
To celebrate that peacework happens in every country, I am collecting peace songs from around the world to collate into a songbook. Anyone is welcome to contribute songs from all traditions and in all languages. The songbook will be made freely available as a .pdf file so that anyone can print and bind as many copies as they like.
Ideally, songs will have short and simple lyrics, so that it is easier for people from different countries to learn the songs. If possible, please send songs in the original language as well as in English translation.
Please pass this information onto anyone who might be interested. Song contributions are needed, as are graphics and illustrations from different cultures and traditions of peacework.
“A group of people cannot all speak at once, but they can sing together” – unknown South African singer