Tous les folksingers engagés l’ont été entre autres contre la guerre. L’auteure de « Little Boxes » et de « It Isn’t Nice », Malvina Reynolds, n’a pas échappé à la règle. Cette chanson a été composée en 1962 pour s’opposer aux essais nucléaires qui empoisonnaient l’air et l’eau. « Qu’ont-ils fait à la pluie ? »

WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN ?

Just a little rain falling all around,
The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound,
Just a little rain, just a little rain,
What have they done to the rain?

Just a little boy standing in the rain,
The gentle rain that falls for years.
And the grass is gone,
The boy disappears,
And rain keeps falling like helpless tears,
And what have they done to the rain?

Just a little breeze out of the sky,
The leaves pat their hands as the breeze blows by,
Just a little breeze with some smoke in its eye,
What have they done to the rain?

Just a little boy standing in the rain,
The gentle rain that falls for years.
And the grass is gone,
The boy disappears,
And rain keeps falling like helpless tears,
And what have they done to the rain?