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We were raised with that discussion about violence and non-violence, and we all pretty much came up on the side of non-violence. That became my foundation with politics and my livelihood.
During the 'ballad' years for me, the politics was latent; I was just falling in love with the ballads and my boyfriend. And there was the beauty of the songs.
I think music has the power to transform people, and in doing so, it has the power to transform situations - some large and some small.
If people have to put labels on me, I'd prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly.
The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.
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