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Anything by Bob Dylan !  I didn't much care for his singing, but his lyrics were the poetry of the age...           My two favorites are:

 

Bob Dylan - "The Times, They Are A-Changing"

 

 

Come gather ’round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’

 

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide

The chance won’t come again

And don’t speak too soon

For the wheel’s still in spin

And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’

For the loser now will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin’

 

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway

Don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’

It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin’

 

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don’t criticize

What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’

 

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’

 

From the album of the same name, 1963

 

 

Second Place: Bob Dylan - "Talking the World War Three Blues"

 

 

Some time ago a crazy dream came to me

I dreamt I was walkin’ into World War Three

I went to the doctor the very next day

To see what kinda words he could say

He said it was a bad dream

I wouldn’t worry ’bout it none, though

They were my own dreams and they’re only in my head

 

I said, “Hold it, Doc, a World War passed through my brain”

He said, “Nurse, get your pad, this boy’s insane”

He grabbed my arm, I said, “Ouch!”

As I landed on the psychiatric couch

He said, “Tell me about it”

 

Well, the whole thing started at 3 o’clock fast

It was all over by quarter past

I was down in the sewer with some little lover

When I peeked out from a manhole cover

Wondering who turned the lights on

 

Well, I got up and walked around

And up and down the lonesome town

I stood a-wondering which way to go

I lit a cigarette on a parking meter and walked on down the road

It was a normal day

 

Well, I rung the fallout shelter bell

And I leaned my head and I gave a yell

“Give me a string bean, I’m a hungry man”

A shotgun fired and away I ran

I don’t blame them too much though, I know I look funny

 

Down at the corner by a hot-dog stand

I seen a man

I said, “Howdy friend, I guess there’s just us two”

He screamed a bit and away he flew

Thought I was a Communist

 

Well, I spied a girl and before she could leave

“Let’s go and play Adam and Eve”

I took her by the hand and my heart it was thumpin’

When she said, “Hey man, you crazy or sumpin’

You see what happened last time they started”

 

Well, I seen a Cadillac window uptown

And there was nobody aroun’

I got into the driver’s seat

And I drove down 42nd Street

In my Cadillac. Good car to drive after a war

 

Well, I remember seein’ some ad

So I turned on my Conelrad

But I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill

So the radio didn’t work so well

Turned on my record player—

It was Rock-a-day Johnny singin’, “Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa

Our Love’s A-gonna Grow Ooh-wah, Ooh-wah”

 

I was feelin’ kinda lonesome and blue

I needed somebody to talk to

So I called up the operator of time

Just to hear a voice of some kind

“When you hear the beep it will be three o’clock”

She said that for over an hour

And I hung up

 

Well, the doctor interrupted me just about then

Sayin’, “Hey I’ve been havin’ the same old dreams

But mine was a little different you see

I dreamt that the only person left after the war was me

I didn’t see you around”

 

Well, now time passed and now it seems

Everybody’s having them dreams

Everybody sees themselves

Walkin’ around with no one else

Half of the people can be part right all of the time

Some of the people can be all right part of the time

But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time

I think Abraham Lincoln said that

“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”

I said that

 

From "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" Album, 1963

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WAR BY EDWIN STARR

What is it good for  absolutely nothing

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

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Go Down Moses -- Paul Robeson

 

 

 

Go down Moses

Way down in Egyptland

Tell all Pharaohs

To LET MY PEOPLE GO! 

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

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Nice.
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Mississippi Goddam -- Nina Simone

 

 

 

 

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From Ireland

 

The Foggy Dew -- The Chieftains with Sinead O'Connor

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The Great Mandella -- Peter, Paul & Mary

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The title of the song is "OHIO".   An absolute CLASSIC!!!!  Both Lyrics and melody wise.

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