Anti-Flag’s singer/bassist Chris Barker, a.k.a. Chris #2, has debuted a new cover of folk legend Pete Seeger’s “What Did You Learn In School Today?” The song is off the upcoming protest compilation This Concerns Everyone, which features acoustic covers and original tracks from some of music’s most outspoken artists like Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against The Machine), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against) and Chris Wollard (Hot Water Music). The record will be released digitally and on vinyl LP on November 18th and is available now for pre-order here.
You can listen to the tune over at Spotify!
Today’s release arrives on Election Day, when Americans head to the polls to cast their midterm votes on various propositions and seats within the government. Seeger’s incisive lyrics ring true as much today as they did when he wrote them years ago.
“We were asked to play Seeger Fest this year celebrating Pete Seeger’s life,” explains Chris #2. “In that process going over Pete’s incredible collection of songs I stumbled over “What Did You Learn In School Today.” It immediately struck me. I just wanted to do a song that demonstrates why the medium of folk music can be so powerful. That melody lodges itself in your brain, yet the lyrics are tremendously visceral and poignant.”
A portion of proceeds from This Concerns Everyone’s sales will be donated to the Right To Heal Campaign, which is a joint effort between The Iraq Veterans Against The War, Organization of Women’s Freedom In Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions In Iraq. Learn more here: www.righttoheal.org.
For more information visit www.a-frecords.com/thisconcernseveryone.