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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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I almost forgot...The Sounds of Silence is such a perfect piece for PEACE!
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War - Edwin Starr

The entire What's Going On album - Marvin Gaye

(Do you get the feeling I can go on and on (sigh)?

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Don't Stop the Carnival - Harry Belafonte

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I Ain't Marchin' Anymore - Phil Ochs

This Land is Your Land (find the complete verses) - Woody Guthrie

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? - Peter, Paul, and Mary and The Kingston Trio (among a host of others)

Universal Soldier - Donovan

Big Muddy - Pete Seeger

If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary (written by Lee Hayes of The Weavers)

A Mujer esta Desaparecido - Ronnie Gilbert and Holly Near

(More songs than I can list) by Bob Dylan

Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen.

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Masters of War by Bob Dylan

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Fall Out Boy   Light 'Em Up

 

 

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"Theme de Yoyo" on Les Stances de Sophie by The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Fontella Bass

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EVE OF DESTRUCTION - BARRY McGUIRE

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"Something in the Air"--Thunderclap Newman.  One of the greatest "rally against the man" songs ever! 

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I feel Like I'm Fixin to Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish

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BALL OF CONFUSION - The Temptations

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                       Wake Up Time For Freedom           The Cult

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How about eve of destruction? It applies even today in our troubled world with wars and racial and ethnic prejudices. 

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Don't Go Near The Water     The Beach Boys


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Apeman   ==   The  Kinks

 

I  don't  feel  safe  in  this  world  no  more

I  don't  want  to  die  in  a  nuclear  war

I  want  to  sail  away  to  a  distant  shore

And  make  like  an  apeman.

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Let’s not forget “... the crazy politicians....”
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U2  Sleep Like A Baby Tonight

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Long as we're on Irish (man there are SO many protest songs from them!) - "Risin' o' the Moon" (vaious authors) or Dominic Behan's "Patriot Game".

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Another John Denver song that could be considered a protest piece: "Gospel Changes". Mary Travers did this on one of her solo albums, too.

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Subterranean Homesick Blues -- Bob Dylan

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@ws54362   Sadly, we'll probably be hearing more of the Irish protest songs, with the Troubles threatening to return.  My family roots are NI, and I have friends in Derry.  They're very concerned.

 

Belfast Child -- Simple Minds

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This is far too sad! One would think we'd learn, you know? <sigh>
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"When will WE ever learn? When will WE ever learn?"

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Someone mentioned The Mitchell Trio, with John Denver. John did several protest songs as a solo, too. He did "Jimmy Newman" (by Tom Paxton) but he also did "Prisoners" and "The Readjustment Blues". Oh, and "The Ballad of Richard Nixon".

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I thnk of Tom Paxton, and probably the shortest protest song ever:
"I sing of Spiro Agnew, and all the things he's done" (followed by silence...)
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John Denver did that one, as well.

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"You waken my senses, like night in a forest"
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La Marseillaise - 1792 France

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"Sunshine on my shoulders, makes me happy"
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"TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'"- BOB DYLAN.
SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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