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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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Mother Freedom - Bread

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This Has Gotta Stop-Eric Clapton 

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One Day - Matisyahu

 

 Released: 2009.  Vying for Peace; Ending of Wars

 

---> Matisyahu - One Day (YouTube Version) - YouTube

 

Sometimes I lay under the moon
And thank God I'm breathin'
Then I pray, "Don't take me soon
'Cause I am here for a reason."
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around because
All my life I've been waitin' for
I've been prayin' for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more war
And our children will play
One day, one day, one day, oh
One day, one day, one day, oh
It's not about win or lose, 'cause we all lose
When they feed on the souls of the innocent
Blood-drenched pavement
Keep on movin' though the waters stay ragin'
In this maze
You can lose your way, your way
It might drive you crazy but
Don't let it faze you, no way, no way!
Sometimes in my tears I drown
But I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around because
All my life I've been waitin' for
I've been prayin' for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more war
And our children will play
One day, one day, one day, oh
One day, one day, one day, oh
One day this all will change, treat people the same
Stop with the violence, down with the hate
One day we'll all be free, and proud to be
Under the same sun, singin' songs of freedom like
Why-ohh! (One day, one day) why-oh, oh, oh!
Why-ohh! (One day, one day) why-oh, oh, oh!
All my life I've been waitin' for
I've been prayin' for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
There'll be no more war
And our children will play
One day, one day, one day, oh
One day, one day, one day, oh
 
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Beautiful lyrics. 🙂

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man written by Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn.

 

Somehow it turned into an anti-war song sung by Joan Baez at Woodstock, but the song was actually written in protest to a Nashville DJ's on air comments of the Byrd's' performance at the Grand Old Opry. 

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Power - The Doobie Brothers with John Hall and James Taylor from the NO NUKES 1979 concert "Take all your atomic poison power away"

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Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa

 

Both the song and the complete Work which is a satirical rock opera about a dystopian future in which music is outlawed to control the population.

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WAR ( What is it good for?)  Edwin Starr

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Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

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Fuh you   Sir Paul McCartney

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eve of destruction   barry   mcguire

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"ONE TIN SOLDIER" -BUFFY ST. MARIE.  THE THEME SONG TO  "BILLY JACK" AN ENTIRE PROTEST MOVIE ABOUT TREATMENT OF NATIVE AMERICANS.

 ALSO GIL SCOTT HERON'S"THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED."

 

SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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ALSO JOHN TRUDELL'S "CRAZY HORSE" & "TO US"...

SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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War Surplus Baby (Starland Vocal Band)

 

"Barefoot and sadness
Bell bottom eyes
We did what need to be done
So  we marched all the marches
Ended all the wars
All the time believing that we won"

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Monkey Gone To Heaven - The Pixies

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Sail Away Home (John Denver)

 

I can't take the guns any more
I can't take the screams any more

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Freedom: Richie Havens (this has “repeat” written all over it).

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March March (Chicks)

about protest marches in American history

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Hear My Voice (Celeste)

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Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)

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I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - the Teenagers

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This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

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Get Up Stand Up (Marley)

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No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley

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Everything is Wonderful, Now - Everclear. How parents lie to children. Trying to protect them, but it just backfires.

https://youtu.be/MUfgAbFY4CA

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What Have They Done to the Rain? The Searchers.  Anti Nuclear protest from 1964.

https://youtu.be/Aiu3bzRzPps

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Look What They've Done To My Song - the New Seekers

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@JohnD131536 - This could go into the "Covers" thread, as well. Melanie Safka wrote this, from experience. Listen to her version: https://youtu.be/r44Ach4mXE4
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