Pete Seeger didn't write this song – we'll never know exactly who did – but he taught it to generations since taking it up in 1947, and it became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. It's a song about outlasting the likes of the Majority Whip and his ilk. It is therefore a song of almost unlimited optimism. I like to think that every time someone sings it, Rep. Steve Scalise (R – of course, Louisiana – ditto) feels a sharp pain he can't quite locate. Click on the video again and again.
Seeger's the tall skinny fellow standing to your left.