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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's a protest song:     Subterranean Homesick Blues     Bob Dylan



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Thanks to  DMELCHONI for the  'you tube'  site.   The Gent2U  also did that.

I went right to you tube and listened to "Eve of destruction"    Memories brought back.


The young lady that brought us the song "Band of gold', also had a protest song.


"Bring the boys Home"  fitted the era.    Interesting that this song did not make the

album 'Contact' for around the 50,000 sold,  After "bring the boys home" became a

hit, then it was added to the album.     Money talks !!!




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@rc8149 The young lady who recorded "Band of Gold" was Freda Payne - There are several editions of "Bring the Boys Home" on You Tube. Have an amazing day.

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Thanks for you input  'TheGent2U...


I have no idea how I forgot to attached Freda Payne's name to the post..


I didn't play baseball to much, but I seem to be out in left field a lot.. 🙂


Thanks again..............

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Hola, @rc8149 

I am smiling because I find myself brain (because this is a family website) cramping more than I used to. so I know the feeling. Sigh. Life (among other things) happens.

Blessings to you.


"For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.  It's as relevant today as it was 40/50 years ago.  It was chilling to hear it played on Morning Joe the Monday after the Inauguration and the Women's March.  They showed scenes from the March all over the world and the words of David Crosby were as true in 2017 as they were in 1967.  "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

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Why Can't We Live Together      Timmy Thomas   #3 in 1973


No more wars, no more wars, no more war
Umm, just a little peace in this world
No more wars, no more war
All we want is some peace in this world

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Last Night I Dreamed the Strangest Dream -- Simon & Garfunkel
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What's going on. Marvin Gaye:

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BTS   Not Today


"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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Sweet Cherry Wine  by Tommy James and the Shondells

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"Sweet Cherry Wine"


What was that song protesting or rebelling against?

I loved that one, but I don't remember it as a anthem of protest or rebellion...

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My mistake !   Mia Culpa !

I just looked up the lyrics and see the connection to the subject:


Come on everyone we gotta get together now
Oh yeah, love's the only thing that matters anyhow
And the beauty of life can only survive
If we love one another
Oh yeah yesterday my friends were marching out to war
Oh yeah listen now we ain't a marching anymore
No we ain't gonna fight
Only God has the right
To decide who's to live and die


So sorry, amigo. That was a good one, and a good catch !

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This was the only song of protest of the war per Tommy James...
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W A R     by  Edwin Starr

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Five days and no more reply's..

Considering this might be dead end..


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@rc8149 - whether it is, or it isn't, Peter, Paul, and Mary had an appropriate song for this moment: "Light One Candle" (aka "Don't Let the Light Go Out")
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Dear  Gent2U


I have always liked Peter, Paul and Mary..   I never heard this song before.

I finally went onto "You Tube", (The best way to find vintage stuff). (Also as

you suggested)


That song is not only beautiful, but it could be appropriate for any time era.

I really enjoyed listening to such a great trio performing as usually, at their best.


Thank you for sharing this with me.   Everyone should listening to this and just

"Light One Candle" also.


Please make a post if you happen to stumble onto this.


Thank you again Gent2U




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Now to continue with the song list..


Give Peace A Chance   by  John Lennon (with the "Plastic Ono Band")


This was recorded in May , 1969 at his "Bed In" at a Montreal Hotel in Canada

(Queen Elizabeth Hotel)  (How Brittish) 🙂

The song became an athem for the anti-war movement in Vietnam.

About 30 years later,  he was quoted as saying, "I think we made a point there".

You really think so !!!!!!!

We are still singing, Give Peace A Chance"-   Hopefully someday................


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Another Peter, Paul and Mary song that's appropriate here:


Down By The Riverside


"I ain't gonna study war no more"

"I'm gonna lay down that atom bomb, down by the riverside"


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Masters of War    by      Bob Dylan


Leon Russel did a version of this around 1970.  He used Bob's words.  but the medley is

"The Star Spangled Banner"   Very interesting.........

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Eddie Vedder also did a really good version. His voice registers the appropriate anger better than other versions I've heard.

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Pray for PEACE    by   Reba McEntire


This is not a dramatic march on Washington Song.

It is relevant to the meaning of a "peacefull protest song"

It just shows that not all protest songs are about

breaking down the doors  (even thou that's  what we think at times. 

Also might  sell more records)

Sometimes you get more with sugar than vinegar....


Thanks for listening


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Aerosmith  Janie's Got A Gun


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@rc8149 Amen.

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Only a Pawn in their Game   Bob Dylan



Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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    Fortunate Son     BY      C C R


The song spoke out against the Vietnam War-  BUT  was very supportive of the soldiers

fighting there.    As we all know most of the soldiers came from the working class (like

many of the CCR fans).  They did not have the connections that others in the Nixon circle

had, per John Forgety. The song was sung from a soldier's point of view, who had to fight

 because he had no connections.    Thus the lyric,  "i'm not a Senators Son"


This song was performed by the group or the Ed Sullivan Show.    The show's producers

didn't catch it , like others that they made change lyrics.         Awesome......

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To rc8149 (happy belated birthday?) :

Right On!


I add this.....these lyrics effectively point out the traitorous hypocricy of America's oligarchy as well. They wave the flag as they hire lawyers to hide their sickeningly glutonous wealth from the taxation which finances the war efforts which they capitalize upon and from which their military-aged progeny are protected.

Yeh, America's proletariat die fighting wars from which America's oligarchy profit while their own family members stay home safe.

It ain't right. On the face of it.

Fortuate Son shines a bright light on these inequities, from a soldier's point of view.


The Lyrics of Fortunate Son


Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooh, they're red, white and blue
And when the band plays, 'Hail to the chief'
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

But it ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no senator's son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, no

Some folks are born with silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves? Oh
But when the taxman come to the door
Lord, the house look like a rummage sale, yes

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no millionaire's son, no, no
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, no

Yeah, yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask them, how much should we give
Ooh, they only answer, more, more, more, yo

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no military son, son, no
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, no, no

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, no, no, no
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate son, son

Merely OneTokeOTL
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@LookOverYonder @rc8149 In re "Fortunate Son" - hence the term Chicken Hawk. All for the fighting and gung ho - as long as someone else does the actual fighting.

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This might be a long one.


First to 'Look Over Yonder" 

If you were wishing me a belated birthday, that was  back on 02/29/16

The next on will be on 02/29/20-   But thank you any way-   That made

my day  🙂

 I can't help but to notice that your name is part of a song by Tommy

James and the shondells.   That was Crystal Blue Persuation.

Starts out

"Look over yonder

What do you see.

The sun is a'rising

most definitely....


And so on

Just thinking.........


I appreciate your import on the "Fortunate Son".  WOW.....


And to Gent2U..... Also awesum input about  'Chicken Hawk" and your

thought about who  'HAD' to do the fighting.  I Still miss people.


I believe that I have  "ALWAYS"  lived in a "Great America"

I do my best to support our "Commander in Chief"  and other

Law Makers.   But sometimes they are not right ! ! ! !

No matter what party they belong to

But I will always support those who protect us.

Police, Fire Dept. and those who have to rescue us.

And those who shall never be forgotten.  The men and

woman who served in the armed services to protect us.

And also the support for the familes of those who lost

a loved one in all the agencies.


Bless this country and all those who bellieve we are great