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    Pete Seeger What Did You Learn In School?

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    Pete Seeger grand frère de Mike, ami de Bob Dylan et Leadbelly et figure essentielle de la protestation politique américaine de gauche des années 40 à 70. Cette chanson parle de la propagande de nos démocraties modernes qui peut transparaître parfois dans l'enseignement scolaire; ce que Bourdieu appellera le discours dominant. Son banjo est d'une facture typique des Appalaches, petite caisse et manche fretless.

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    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned that Washington never told a lie.
    I learned that soldiers seldom die.
    I learned that everybody's free.
    And that's what the teacher said to me.
    That's what I learned in school today.
    That's what I learned in school.

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned that policemen are my friends.
    I learned that justice never ends.
    I learned that murderers die for their crimes.
    Even if we make a mistake sometimes.
    That's what I learned in school today.
    That's what I learned in school.

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned our government must be strong.
    It's always right and never wrong.
    Our leaders are the finest men.
    And we elect them again and again.
    That's what I learned in school today.
    That's what I learned in school.

    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    What did you learn in school today,
    Dear little boy of mine?
    I learned that war is not so bad.
    I learned of the great ones we have had.
    We fought in Germany and in France.
    And some day I might get my chance.
    That's what I learned in school today.
    That's what I learned in school.

    Tom Paxton