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PROTEST & REBELLION SONGS.."get it off your chest"

The only stipulation here is that the song should be commentary,  controversial, expressing a rebellious, protesting "frame of mind"; generally, or speciffically, about society, culture, economics, wealth, poverty, politics, war, peace, relationships, etc, etc, etc.

 

How about some songs which, when you heard them, you thought, "Yeh, those lyrics tell it like it is!" or maybe you were offended by the controversial lyrics.

 

Your song selection may be from any time period in history and about any topic you choose, old songs and new songs.

 

Please be free to post protest & rebellion songs which either you agreed with or which "honked" you off.

 

Here is an opportunity to "Get it off your chest!" Go ahead and briefly include memorable lyrics of the song if you like [ if you remember 🙂 ]

 

To begin.....here's a protest song:     Subterranean Homesick Blues     Bob Dylan

 

 


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In The Year 2525     Zager & Evans    #1 in 1969


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My Generation     The Who


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Fall  Of  The  Peacemakers   ==   Molly  Hatchet

 

How  many  times must  good  men  die?

How  many  tears  will  the  children  cry?

'Til  they  suffer  no  more  sadness.

Stop  the  madness.

Oh,  stop  the  madness.

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A Voice For Peace     Dan Fogelberg   1993


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Two  Cents  Worth   ==   Kansas

 

Now  this  old  world  is  a  fright

You  know  my  future  ain't  bright

And  I'd  just  crawl  in  a  hole  if  I  could.........

 

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Golden Country     REO Speedwagon   1972

 

Golden country your face is so red,
With all of your money your poor can be fed.
You strut around and you flirt with disaster,
Never really carin' just what comes after

 

Well, your blacks are dyin' but your back is still turned
And your freaks are cryin' but your back is still turned
You better stop your hidin' or your country will burn.


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                We're Not Gonna Take It           Twisted Sister

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I was going to say this song but I was going to say The Who's version. Both are great!

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Angry  Young  Man   ==   Billy  Joel

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                The Freedom Song            Jason Mraz

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What Have They Done to the Rain?  -  Joan Baez

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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Joe Hill.

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            Get Up Stand Up             Bob Marley & the Wailers

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RISE UP     Jimmy Cliff


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The End of the Innocence - Don Henley (Bruce Hornsby also had a version of this.)

 

Same lyrics just a different day.

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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I'd  Love  To  Change  The  World   ==   Ten  Years  After

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           This Land Is Your Land           Pete Seeger

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           This Land Is Your Land           Pete Seeger


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Woody Guthrie. He and Pete Seeger sang it together often.

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"COMPARED TO WHAT"- LES MCANN & EDDIE HARRIS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qNJfVXxrQU&list=RD4qNJfVXxrQU
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Good one! First listened to that cut in college--now its on my i-pod.

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The Great Mandela -- Peter, Paul, and Mary

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Wooden Ships      Crosby, Stills & Nash   1969

 

Was heralded by many of the 60's counter-culture as a call to abandon American culture, a culture which was oppressing vocal youthful protesters, to build a new life, an enclave together, free of war,  insensitivity and intolerance.

 

"Go, take your sister, then by the hand,
Lead her away from this foreign land,
Far away, where we might laugh again,
We are leaving - you don't need us.


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Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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Another favorite that we sang in high school, and one of the most popular that I recall -

 

San Francisco - Scott McKenzie, written by John Phillips (Mamas & Papas), 1967

 

Wikipedia - "McKenzie's version of the song has been called "the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, including the Hippie, Anti-Vietnam War and Flower power movements."

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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Volunteers   ==   Jefferson  Airplane

Sunshine   ==   Jonathon  Edwards

 

" He  can't  even  run  his  own  life,  I'll  be  damned if  he'll  run  mine!

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                Authority Song            John Mellencamp

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Industrial  Disease   ==   Dire  Straits

Won't  Get  Fooled  Again   ==   The  Who

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                  Who's Gonna Stand Up             Neil Young

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Only a Pawn in Their Game     Bob Dylan


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Ball  Of  Confusion (  That's  What  The  World  Is  Today )   ==   The  Temptations

 

Sadly, the  lyrics  to  this  1970  song  still  ring  true  today.

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