Recognized Social Butterfly

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's a protest song:     Subterranean Homesick Blues     Bob Dylan



Merely OneTokeOTL
Regular Contributor

"For What it's Worth"---Buffalo Springfield  Still rings true today.

Regular Contributor

We Can't Make It Here 

by James McMurtry off of the Childish Things album.

Periodic Contributor

Holly Near; FIRED UP!


Watch her rock this crowd.

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"Your Flag Decal Won't get You into Heaven Any More"  by John Prine  circa 1970 A Vietnam Protest song 

Periodic Contributor

Especially relevant today when --once again --so many "christians" are pro-war. 

Honored Social Butterfly

Go Down Moses -- Paul Robeson




Go down Moses

Way down in Egyptland

Tell all Pharaohs



Protest songs are not a thing of the past. There is still alot to sing about.


My sister and I are writing protest songs all the time for our ministry. To view the videos go to 


(Weebly is the server and the website builder.)


Our ministry is focused on Earth Welfare.





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The eastern world, it is explodin',
Violence flarin', bullets loadin',
You're old enough to kill but not for votin',
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin',
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin',
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
And can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
Take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin',
I'm sittin' here, just contemplatin',
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
Handful of Senators don't pass legislation,
And marches alone can't bring integration,
When human respect is disintegratin',
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin',
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


Think of all the hate there is in Red China!
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
But when your return, it's the same old place,
The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace,
Hate your next door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace,
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


No, no, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


Written by P. F. Sloan • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Harper Valley PTA for sure!

Recognized Social Butterfly

Hey Big Brother     Rare Earth   #19 in 1972


He ain't gonna get me!
Are you gonna let him get you??
He'll never get me, he'll never get me, no
Big brother's coming...
No, he'll never get me, no, no, no, no

Merely OneTokeOTL
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Honored Social Butterfly

If I Had A Hammer -- Peter, Paul & Mary


Go Tell It On the Mountain -- Peter, Paul & Mary 

Bronze Conversationalist

Masters of War by Bob Dylan (but Pearl Jam does a much more powerful version)

Recognized Social Butterfly

Won't Get Fooled Again     The Who   #15 in 1971


I know that the hypnotized never you?   Yeahhhhhhhhh!

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!

We won't get fooled again.       Uh, really??

Merely OneTokeOTL
Regular Contributor

The Beatles - Revolution. 

Regular Contributor

"Survival" by the O'Jays


"Keep on Pushin'" by the Impressions


"Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes


"We're a Winner" by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions


"Why Can't We Live Together" by Tim Thomas and also by Sade


"Blowin' In the Wind" by Stevie Wonder, original by Bob Dylan


"You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder


"Livin' for the City" by Stevie Wonder


"The Ghetto" by Donnie Hathaway


"Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donnie Hathaway


"The Ballad of Sad Young Men" by Roberta Flack


"Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion and also by Smokie Robinson and the Miracles


Periodic Contributor

The best version of "Abraham, Martin and John" I ever heard was done by Moms Mabely. Check it out I think you will like it.

And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda


Periodic Contributor

For what it's worth - Buffalo Springfield


American Idiot - Green day


"Monster" by Steppenwolf


Something Happening Here - Crosby, Stills and Nash


CCR  Fortunate Son


"What about me?"

Quicksilver Messenger Service


Periodic Contributor

"Simple Song of Freedom" by Bobby Darin

Periodic Contributor

" Come and sing a simple song of freedom,
sing it like you've never done before"......

"Ain't gonna study war no more" by Leadbelly


Voulenteers by Jefferson Airplane


Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost and the Troopers


For What it's Worth - Buffalo Springfield


The Eve of Destruction.

Trusted Contributor

War -the Edwin Starr version

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