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This was actually NOT written by Peter, Paul and Mary. The original poem was written by Leonard Lipton who gave it to his college friend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary). Peter Yarrow then wrote the MUSIC to the poem and tweaked the last paragraph. So Peter was the ORIGINAL REVISIONIST. I think it is unfortunate that he wasn’t really vocal about Leonard Lipton’s role in this song.
Also, though there have been several happy endings by many added to the song, Peter Yarrow DID do one as well but it was eliminated because it made the song go beyond the standard 3 minute time frame. So even the original performers, if not writer was “terminally optimistic”…thank goodness, the world would be such an unhappy place if everyone walked around, “terminally sad and angry”.
PS: Could you explain how being optimistic is, “terminal”?
PSS: The author of the poem also had no hidden messages referring to drugs. If the actual drug filled listener heard the song and found meaning in an innocent child’s song about the loss of innocence, then that is on them and the others who make something out of nothing…talk about revisionist. Just as with any other song, people hear what they want or how their own life experiences imprint on the meaning of the song for THEM personally, not how was necessarily intended by the author.
I hope you are able to THAW at some point.