Protest songs.

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  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.
     
  2. If you want to get more up to date: Most anything by Green Day.
    Good band.
     
  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
     
  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
     
  6. Quality !
    How could I forget Bob Dylan ?
    Billy Bragg has written some quality protest songs too
    The list is endless

    G
     
  7. 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
     
  8. 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:
     
  9. 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
     
  10. Are we all turning into fucking pacifists on this site or summat? 8O
     
  11. 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
     
  12. 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
     
  13. Whatabout "Vietnam" by Jimmy Cliff
     
  14. Levers_Aligned

    Levers_Aligned War Hero Moderator

    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
     
  15. 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.
     
  16. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Have a good Kipple, the Mans works.

    KIPLING
     
  17. 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
     
  18. 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
     
  19. 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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