Monthly Peace Challenge: Teach your Children Well (B4Peace)!

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young said it all: we need to nurture our children with love and peace to create the future we envision living in. A better future for all. “Teach Your Children” is a song by Graham Nash.

Nash, who is also a photographer and collector of photographs, has stated in an interview that the immediate inspiration for the song came from a famous photograph by Diane Arbus, “Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park.” The image, which depicts a child with an angry expression holding the toy weapon, prompted Nash to reflect on the societal implications of messages given to children about war and other issues.

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.

Teach your children well,
Their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by.

Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years,
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.

Counter Melody To Above Verse:
Can you hear and do you care and
Cant you see we must be free to
Teach your children what you believe in.
Make a world that we can live in.

Teach your parents well,
Their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you’ll know by.

Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

…. and the next generation. ☼ Ya gotta LUV that Kazoo, lol.  ♥:D♥

43 thoughts on “Monthly Peace Challenge: Teach your Children Well (B4Peace)!

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  3. What a great song full of love!! I’ll definitely learn to play it on the guitar!=) thank you for sharing, Maddy!

    About your words…Maddy, I even don’t know what to say, it’s so touching! Thank you, dear, you are amazing! I would be happy if there is a post about me in your blog=) and speaking about Russian…This is the most happiness for an author to know that he can inspire somebody for good things! Thank you, sweetie ❤


    • Thanks for visiting Dina. I’m happy you enjoyed the song, it would be great if we could duet together one day, in Russian and English! Thanks for inspiring me to learn Russian, I’m forever grateful. Your poetry and songs are divine! O да, я в восторге знать, что вы мой друг. I’ll learn sentence structure soon, I promise. 😀 ♥


    • Sofia welcome back, I’ve so missed you dear sister! Glad you enjoyed the music, I’ll have to do a featured post about your beautifully talented sister. Her music is truly divine and inspired me to learn Russian. One day I’ll drink in the heavenly nectar of Russian culture and appreciate Dina’a music and poetry even more. I’m so excited!! Sending love to both you angels. ♥


      • Missed you too, Maddy! These past few months were hectic, but i’ll try to be on blogosphere more often now 🙂

        Oh I’m so happy you liked Dina’s music! And it’s hilarious how she got you inspired to learn Russian! :))
        I just can’t help admiring the capacity of your mind and how much info and knowledge it can embrace!

        A featured post about Dina.. yaay you’ll make her feel like a star 😉 She wrote me she was amazed that so many people from USA and Europe left her replies on her music, while she only expected Russian audience to reply, for her texts are all in Russian :))

        But that was a great surprise! And it again confirms that truly good music can reach to any heart and it speaks all the languages of the world ♥


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    • Always a pleasure to receive you dear Alia. Welcome! I’m fond of indie artists, YouTube, open mike-coffee shop musicians who’s only desire is to sing from the heart and share their song. What a gift it is to appreciate & enjoy such divine treasures every moment. It’s great to see Universal Value paying dividends in your life and it’s really working! Ask and you shall receive – esp. when it comes from your higher self. Blessings my sacred one. ♥Bowing♥


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    • Hello dear Tomas, we all have learned so much from you and Alia, your creative vision and direction has brought awareness to light. I’m grateful for your efforts and now witness the glorious ripple effect you have introduced to the blogoshere and society beyond. Many blessings and warm hugs to you dear friend. ♥


  6. Thanks for sharing Maddy! I’ve always loved that photo and Diane Arbus’ work in general, such a beautiful and tragic artist. I didn’t know the connection between the picture and the song though, very cool 🙂

    Great post! Hugs, keep well 🙂



    • Hey Rohan, thx for dropping by, yes such powerful imagery is why art influences the mainstream and makes a difference. I appreciate your creative vision and work, your contributions to peace and humanity. Hugs to you my friend! ♥


  7. I’m gutted I couldn’t hear the songs, but my laptop won’t allow me the pleasure of indulging. However, by the comments given before me, I can gather they must be good. Lovely post for this months challenge. 🙂


    • Hi Sarah! If you click on the YouTube symbol on the lower right hand corner of the video, it opens up a separate video screen. The audio is much better than the embedded video in the post. Or you can attach separate external speakers/ headphones to the audio jack of your laptop to listen.
      Thanks for stopping by and good luck! 😀


  8. You had me at Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, but then you floored me with the French accents and kazoo. Love this song, these lyrics, this idea, this post, and you, Maddy. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


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