Protest songs.

#1
Having seen the post with the Eve of Descruction song,it set me wondering as to how many Protest Songs there have been?One that springs to mind is "where have all the flowers gone?" done by various artists but the best was by Arlo Guthrie and Bob Seegar.
 
#3
If you want to make it more old school, then every track recorded by Discharge. And I mean every track!

For example: Realities of War, State Violence State Control, Fight Back, Decontrol, you get the gist...

Personal favourite: 'War's no fairytale, guns 'n' bombs aren't fucking toys!'

Oh yeah, and they make Green Day sound like a boy band in comparison! :)
 
#4
As song has been the traditional way to pass ideas and news from community to community since there were communities protest songs have been ging on for an awful long time. The singing of protest songs was certainly recorded by the Romans. Every generation, every conflict, every struggle for change has generated it's own songs. But as these songs were/are part of popular culture most have never been recorded until today when almost anything is recorded in some way.

A good one from the last century was Tommy this and Tommy that, protesting about the treatment of ex servicement after WW1

Peter
 

Graybags

Lantern Swinger
#5
Redemption Song - Bob Marley
Does this count ? One of my favourites

Old pirates, yes, they rob i;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took i
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the and of the almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? ooh!
Some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.

Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
---
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! have no fear for atomic energy,
cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.
Wont you help to sing
Dese songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

G
 

Graybags

Lantern Swinger
#8
And of course the Anti Falklands war Song :

ELVIS COSTELLO Song Lyrics

Shipbuilding

(From the album "PUNCH THE CLOCK")


Is it worth it
A new winter coat and shoes for the wife
And a bicycle on the boy's birthday
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
By the women and children
Soon we'll be shipbuilding
Well I ask you
The boy said 'DAD THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE ME TO TASK
BUT I'LL BE BACK BY CHRISTMAS'
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
Somebody said that someone got filled in
For saying that people get killed in
The result of this shipbuilding
With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls
It's just a rumour that was spread around town
A telegram or a picture postcard
Within weeks they'll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin
Once again
It's all we're skilled in
We will be shipbuilding
WITH ALL THE WILL IN THE WORLD
DIVING FOR DEAR LIFE
WHEN WE COULD BE DIVING FOR PEARLS
G
 
#9
Graybags said:
Quality !
How could I forget Bob Dylan ?
Billy Bragg has written some quality protest songs too
The list is endless

G
Have to concur on Bob Dylan , and I still occasionaly listen to Donavan during the night shift at work if it's quiet , Fxxxxxxxxxxxg quality , :oops:
 
#10
protest songs, look no further than guns and roses civil war :

"What we've got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can't reach...
So, you get what we had here last week,
which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N' I don't like it any more than you men." *


Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before


Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before


My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars


D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land


And
I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war


Look at the shoes your filling
Look at the blood we're spilling
Look at the world we're killing
The way we've always done before
Look in the doubt we've wallowed
Look at the leaders we've followed
Look at the lies we've swallowed
And I don't want to hear no more


My hands are tied
For all I've seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
'Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars


"We practice selective annihilation of mayors
And government officials
For example to create a vacuum
Then we fill that vacuum
As popular war advances
Peace is closer" **


I don't need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
And I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
I don't need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin' soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain't that fresh
I don't need your civil war
I don't need one more war


I don't need one more war
Whaz so civil 'bout war anyway

and of course has the best whistling solo ever in a song
 
#12
Shakey said:
Are we all turning into fucking pacifists on this site or summat? 8O
I suspect it is a bit of a reaction to the senseless violence going on in theEastern Med at the moment. War is war but two sides trying to ut terrorise each other with the main victims being the innocent is rather disturbing.

Peter
 
#13
Personally I prefer this classic from Team America.......

I'm so ronery, so ronery
So ronery and sadry arone
There's no one, just me onry
Sitting on my rittle throne
I work very hard
And make up great prans
But nobody listens no one understands
Seems like no one takes me seriousry

And so, I'm ronery
A bittle ronery
Poor rittle me

There's nobody I can rerate to
Feel rike a bird in a cage
It's kinda sirry but not rearry
Because it's firring my body with rage
I'm the smartest most crever most physically fit
But nobody else seems to rearize it
When I change the world maybe they'll notice me

And until then I'll just be ronery
Yeah a rittle ronery
Poor rittle me

I'm so ronery
 

Levers_Aligned

War Hero
Moderator
#15
The 'The Colours' by The Men They Couldn't Hang

I am a member of the council of the naval mutiny
And no traitor to my conscience having done my sworn duty
These are my last words before the scaffold and I charge you all to hear
How a wretched British sailor became a citizen mutineer
Pressed into service to carry powder I was loyal to the crack of the whip
It I starved on the streets of Bristol, I starved worse on a British ship
Red is the colour of the new republic
Blue is the colour of the sea
White is the colour of my innocence
Not surrender to your mercy
I was woken from my misery by the words of Thomas Paine
On my barren soil they fell like the sweetest drops of rain
Red is the colour of the new republic
Blue is the colour of the sea
While is the colour of my innocence
Not surrender to your mercy
So in the spring of the year we took the fleet
Every cask and cannon and compass sheet
And we flew a Jacobean flag to give us heart
While Pitt stood helpless we were waiting for Bonaparte
Red is the colour of the new republic
Blue is the colour of the sea
White is the colour of my innocence
Not surrender to your mercy
All you soldiers, all you sailors, all you labourers of the land
All you beggars, all you builders, all you come here to watch me hang
To the masters we are the rabble, we are the 'swinish multitude'
But we can re-arrange the colours of the red and the white and the blue
Red is the colour of the new republic
Blue is the colour of the sea
White is the colour of my innocence
Not surrender to your mercy
Red is the colour of the new republic
Blue is the colour of the sea
White is the colour of my innocence
Not surrender to your mercy



Levers
 
#16
Maxi_77 said:
As song has been the traditional way to pass ideas and news from community to community since there were communities protest songs have been ging on for an awful long time. The singing of protest songs was certainly recorded by the Romans. Every generation, every conflict, every struggle for change has generated it's own songs. But as these songs were/are part of popular culture most have never been recorded until today when almost anything is recorded in some way.

A good one from the last century was Tommy this and Tommy that, protesting about the treatment of ex servicement after WW1

Peter
Peter that Tommy this and Tommy that is part of a poem by Kipling its called Tommy .
It was a protest regarding the treatment of soldiers /servicemen in general
and I think he wrote it long before the WW1 era.
For its Tommy this and Tommy that and 'Chuck him out ,the brute'
But its Saviour of his country when the guns begin to shoot

Good man Kipling and he did lots of published poetry like that not all confined to the services and servicemen.
 
#18
Greenie said:
Maxi_77 said:
As song has been the traditional way to pass ideas and news from community to community since there were communities protest songs have been ging on for an awful long time. The singing of protest songs was certainly recorded by the Romans. Every generation, every conflict, every struggle for change has generated it's own songs. But as these songs were/are part of popular culture most have never been recorded until today when almost anything is recorded in some way.

A good one from the last century was Tommy this and Tommy that, protesting about the treatment of ex servicement after WW1

Peter
Peter that Tommy this and Tommy that is part of a poem by Kipling its called Tommy .
It was a protest regarding the treatment of soldiers /servicemen in general
and I think he wrote it long before the WW1 era.
For its Tommy this and Tommy that and 'Chuck him out ,the brute'
But its Saviour of his country when the guns begin to shoot

Good man Kipling and he did lots of published poetry like that not all confined to the services and servicemen.
I was probably confused by that one being very prevalent after the end of WW1 when ex servicemen were being treated very badly. Thanks.

I would agree that Kipling had a very good way of putting a point over in both verse and prose.

Peter
 
#19
Bloody protest songs. All of 'em far too long winded and sang by someone with a whiny voice and an acoustic guitar in most cases. Moaning on and on with constant use of similie and metaphor. Oooohh, I'm a serious artiste, I've got to be all poetic! Boring!

If you're going to do a protest song then may I suggest one that I referred to earlier that was done by some angry punk anarchists:

War's No Fairytale

Government and Queen are your only enemies
Don't be fooled by their plastic smiles

War's no fairytale, guns and bombs aren't fucking toys

They don't wanna know your views of war
They never stop to think about you

War's no fairytale, guns and bombs aren't fucking toys

They want you kept in the darkness
of the realities of war

War's no fairytale, guns and bombs aren't fucking toys

Meat flung yards apart from bodies
Are typical sights of war

War's no fairytale, guns and bombs aren't fucking toys



Short and to the point. Almost a classic of Defence Writing! :D
 
#20
A bit of FI related polemic from the Braggster:

Digging all day and digging all night
To keep my foxhole out of sight
Digging into dinner on a plate on my knees
The smell of damp webbing in the morning breeze
Fear in my stomach, fear in the sky
I eat my dinner with a weary eye
After all this it won't be the same
Messing around on Salisbury Plain
Pick up your feet, fall in, move out
We're going to a party way down South
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity
I hate this flat land, there's no cover
for sons and fathers and brothers and lovers
I can take the killing, I can take the slaughter
But I don't talk to Sun reporters
I never thought that I would be
Fighting fascists in the Southern Sea
I saw one today and in his hand
Was a weapon that was made in Birmingham
Pick up your feet, fall in, move out
We're going to a party way down South
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity
I wish Kipling and the Captain were here
To record our pursuits for posterity
Me and the Corporal out on a spree
Damned from here to eternity

The line about the SCUM reporers always gives me a smile!
 
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