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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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Workin' It     Don Henley   from Inside Job in 2000


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Something In The Air     Thunderclap Newman   #37 in 1969

 

Call out the instigators
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right

 

Hand out the arms and ammo
We're going to blast our way through here
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know that it's right


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Cruel War -- Peter, Paul & Mary 

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Fernando -- ABBA

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Hawaii '78     Israel (Bruddah Iz) Kamakawiwo'ole

 

From CD entitled "Facing Future", the lyrics address the Hawaiian people's loss of sovereignty to the United States, Jan. 17, 1893 at the hands of Sanford Dole (of sugar cane fame). In January 1893, a revolutionary “Committee of Safety,” organized by Sanford B. Dole and resident American businessmen, staged a coup d'etat against Queen Liliuokalani and overthrew her Kingdom of Hawaii monarchy with the tacit support of the United States.

 

If just for a day our king and queen
Would visit all these islands and saw everything
How would they feel about the changes of our land
Could you just imagine if they were around
And saw highways on their sacred grounds
How would they feel about this modern city life?

Tears would come from each other's eyes
As they would stop to realize
That our people are in great, great danger now
How would they feel?
Would their smiles be content, then cry?

Chorus:
Cry for the gods, cry for the people
Cry for the land that was taken away


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Indian Givers -- Neil Young

 

 

Written in protest of DAPL

 

"Behind big money

Justice always fails" 

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The Ballad Of Ira Hayes -- Pete Seeger

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The Faucets Are Dripping (In New York City)   Malvina Reynolds    1963


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That's What Makes Us Great     Bruce Springsteen       ( new protest song)

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War - Bob Marley

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I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier -- The Peerless Quartet

 

 

This is the first protest song to be a hit record -- 1915.

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Apache Tears

 

The Vanishing Race

 

As Long As the Grass Shall Grow

 

 

A trio of Native American laments/protests, all recorded by Johnny Cash.

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In a similar vein....

 

Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)   Paul Revere & The Raiders  #1 in 1971


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Four Dead in Ohio

By Crosby, Stills,Nash,&Youg

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Good one!

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Thanks Penny!!!

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I Shall Be Released -- Joe Cocker

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The Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down) -- Neil Diamond

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Shapes Of Things     The Yardbirds   1966

 

Shapes of things before my eyes
Just teach me to despise
Will time make man more wise?


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Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream     Simon & Garfunkel   1964


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War - Bob Marley & The Wailers

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We Didn't Start the Fire - Billy Joel

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One Small Voice -- Carole King

 

The Emperor's got no clothes on

No clothes?  That can't be.  He's the Emperor.

Take that child away.

Don't let the people hear the words he has to say.

 

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Revolution -- The Beatles

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Bring Them Home -- Pete Seeger

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Song For A Dying Planet     Joe Walsh


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Nature's Way     Spirit


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Galviston by Glen Camble

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Ideology - Billy Bragg

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"UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHER**bleep**ER! "

 

BY DAVID PEEL AND THE LOWER EAST SIDE

 

NO REAL LYRICS EXCEPT THE TITLE REPEATED

 

WE DID IT TO NIXON AND WE CAN DO IT AGAIN!

 

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!! 

Peace and Stay Free!