It's interesting to try to decide what story to write about this song. In high school I was inspired by Chad Mitchell's version of this song. Then in college I was inspired to sing this song as the Viet Nam war was escalating. When I joined The Brothers Four in 1969 I often sang this song in our concerts. Looking back I appreciate even more that the other three guys let it be part of our shows.
In November of 1969 The Brothers Four performed for Homecoming at the University of Washington. Bob Hope was the headliner. When I sang this song on Friday for the Alumni there was a smattering of applause and a few boos. On Saturday when I sang it for the students the applause was loud and sustained.