Protest songs.

andym

War Hero
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.
 

Shakey

War Hero
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 ******* toys!'

Oh yeah, and they make Green Day sound like a boy band in comparison! :)
 
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
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
Quality !
How could I forget Bob Dylan ?
Billy Bragg has written some quality protest songs too
The list is endless

G
 

Graybags

Lantern Swinger
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
 

dondon

MIA
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:
 
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
 
Shakey said:
Are we all turning into ******* 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
 
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