I thought I might write essentially this post in the "Worst Song You Ever Heard" thread, but never got around to it.
First let me state that I am a great and long-time admirer of Pete Seeger, and generally love any song that I'm aware he's written. So when I bought a compilation CD of his singing and heard his song with a name something like "If I Had A Golden Thread" I was dismayed.
Of all the meretricious (look it up), manipulative, but meaningless songs I ever heard, that takes the cake! The tune is all right, I suppose, but the lyrics are vacuous.
The man sold his birthright for a pot of message.