You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific

Back in 2009 I saw the revival of SOUTH PACIFIC at Lincoln Center.  What a wonderful Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.  Those marvelous songs, “Younger Than Springtime”,”There’s Nothing Like A  Dame”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, but the song from the musical that has been repeating in my head since Charlottesville and Barcelona is, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”…

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught from year to year
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade
You’ve got to be carefully taught

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You’ve got to be carefully taught


With love and with  the hope that in my  old age I will  live to see prejudices of all forms disappear from this country and this world.



Author: Kay

I knew when I started my blog I wanted to reach out to seniors like myself. I wanted to share my stories and even be a bit of a tour guide on what I’ve learned and the fun I’ve had at famous and not so famous New York places.

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