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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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'THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND"- WOODY GUTHRIE
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@nyadrn wrote:

@MaVolta wrote:

One of my favorites, it still brings tears when I hear it . . .

 

One Tin Soldier - from 1969 - The Original Caste

 

Omg   the movie  Billie Jack 

A part-Indian Vietnam veteran (Tom Laughlin) kicks around bigots who pick on his girlfriend's (Delores Taylor) so-called freedom school. wikipedia.org

 



@nyadrn - I never saw the movie, Billie Jack. After reading the link, I'm not sure that I want to. It sounds very violent and disturbing. Maybe the movie producers saw Billie Jack as the One Tin Soldier.

 

When the song was first released in 1969, it was part of the peace movement. The lyrics of the song have something of a religious undercurrent; not sure if that was intended or just my perception. It's the story of a peaceable kingdom of mountain people who offered to share their treasure with the valley people below. The valley people are greedy and want the treasure for themselves, so they kill the mountain people. When they proceed to claim their treasure, they find the words "peace on earth" was all it said. It really tugs at my heart strings! 

 

This was my senior year in high school. We sang this song a lot, and loved it!

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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@MaVolta wrote:

@nyadrn wrote:

@MaVolta wrote:

One of my favorites, it still brings tears when I hear it . . .

 

One Tin Soldier - from 1969 - The Original Caste

 

Omg   the movie  Billie Jack 

A part-Indian Vietnam veteran (Tom Laughlin) kicks around bigots who pick on his girlfriend's (Delores Taylor) so-called freedom school. wikipedia.org

 



@nyadrn - I never saw the movie, Billie Jack. After reading the link, I'm not sure that I want to. It sounds very violent and disturbing. Maybe the movie producers saw Billie Jack as the One Tin Soldier.

 

When the song was first released in 1969, it was part of the peace movement. The lyrics of the song have something of a religious undercurrent; not sure if that was intended or just my perception. It's the story of a peaceable kingdom of mountain people who offered to share their treasure with the valley people below. The valley people are greedy and want the treasure for themselves, so they kill the mountain people. When they proceed to claim their treasure, they find the words "peace on earth" was all it said. It really tugs at my heart strings! 

 

This was my senior year in high school. We sang this song a lot, and loved it!


The movie was violent but thought provoking.  The Indian school was run by a woman who was anti violence. The boys in town picked on the kids and raped her.  Billy Jack was a war hero returned but he cannot be the pacifist that she wants him to be and she cannot protect her students.  It was a good movie.  Part of the times.  The song was very appropriate. It is so sad.  

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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Sunday Bloody Sunday.  U2

 

 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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OHIO     Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  

 

"What if you knew her....."

 

On Friday, May 1st, 1970, myself, Allison B. Krause and approximately 20-30 other students were making anti-Vietnam war protest signs in Bowman Hall [the political science building] on the Kent State University campus in Ohio. Allison was a substantially long distance away from the Ohio National Guard unit, yet on Monday, May 4th,1970 a 13-second volley of 67 bullets fired into a crowd of unarmed students, took the life of Allison Krause.

I knew her. RIP

 

 


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@LookOverYonder wrote:

OHIO     Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  

 

"What if you knew her....."

 

On Friday May 1st, 1970, myself, Allison B. Krause and approximately 20-30 other students were making anti-VietNam war protest signs in Bowman Hall [poli. sci. building] on the Kent State campus. Although on Monday May 4th she was a substantial long distance from the Ohio National Guard unit, their 13 second volley of 67 bullets into a crowd of unarmed students, took the life of Allison Krause.

I knew her.

 

 


What a powerful incident to live through 

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State  Of  The  Union   ==   Chicago

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Dialogue     Chicago   1972


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Signs   ==   5  Man  Electrical  Band

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Eve Of Destruction     Barry McGuire   #1 in 1965


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IMAGINE     JOHN LENNON


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           The Times They Are A-Changin'            Bob Dylan

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We're  Not  Gonna  Take  It   ==   The  Who

Face  The  Fire   ==   Dan  Fogelberg

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Fortunate Son   CCR



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Talkin'  'Bout  A  Revolution   ==   Tracy  Chapman

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Lives In The Balance     Jackson Browne


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Monster     Steppenwolf

 

"America, where are you now? Don't you care about your sons and daughters?

Don't you know we need you now, we can't fight alone against the monster."


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It  Better  End  Soon   ==   Chicago

Ohio   ==   CSNY

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World  Wide  Rebel  Songs   ==   Tom  Morello

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Society's Child     Janis Ian


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For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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War   ==   Edwin  Starr

 

WAR!!   HUH!   Good  God  Y'all

What  is  it  good  for!

Absolutely  Nothing!!

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Yes I like that song too
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"UNKNOWN SOLDIER"- THE DOORS
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"THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED"- GIL SCOTT HERRON. " "TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN'"_BOB DYLAN. I DON'T KNOW THE EXACT TITLE- BUT A MEMORABLE EXAMPLE BY COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH.
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@I4832601 That there piece by Country Joe and the Fish is "The Fixin' to Die Rag" - Oh, and the song's intro is something else, too. 😉
Have an amazing day
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My all time favorite is 

 

 

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

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I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag   ==   Country  Joe &  The  Fish

 

Well  it's  one-two-three

What  are  we  fightin'  for

Don't  ask  me  I  don't  give  a  **bleep**

I'm  goin'  off  to  Vietnam!

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Raise A Little Hell     Trooper   from 1978


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Annie Lennox  Sing

 

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