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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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           Volunteer's       BY     Jefferson Airplane

 

 

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good one!

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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 !!!

 

PEACE

 

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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.

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"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

 

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Sweet Cherry Wine  by Tommy James and the Shondells

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"Sweet Cherry Wine"

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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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"THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED"- GIL SCOTT HERON
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Five days and no more reply's..

Considering this might be dead end..

Sorry

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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") https://youtu.be/h1cRXgDFiSs
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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

Peace

 

 

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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

PEACE

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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

 

https://youtu.be/KY2lQV3ADfc

 

 

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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