Best PROTEST SONGS...?

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  1. Dick

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    I own a lot of protest songs from the 60's and 70's (Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Tim Hsrdin, Bob Dylan) and am wondering what you folks consider to be the most potent of these, with a wide range of topics from anti-war to anti-poverty.
    Some of my favorites:
    SIMPLE SONG OF FREEDOM (Tim Hardin)
    OUTSIDE OF A SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS (Phil Ochs)
    WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE (Pete Seeger)
    IN THE GHETTO (Elvis Presley)
    WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN (The Searchers)
    Your faves?
     
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    "Ohio" by Neil Young is one of my faves.
     
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    I agree with MichaelAW! "Ohio" is my favorite protest song (although it was performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young). The line "Soldiers are gunning us Down" is so powerful.
     
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    I don't suppose Monty Python's Protest Song qualifies [​IMG]?
     
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    I'm not a great fan of "protest" songs any more, but Phil Ochs "I AIN'T MARCHING ANYMORE" was powerful

    Some other good songs that haven't been mentioned are PRIDE OF MAN by Quicksilver Messenger Service, and one that I still have, but now on CD, is "I'D LIKE TO CHANGE THE WORLD" by 10 Years After (Alvin Lee).

    At this stage of my life, the Kingston Trio's version of the favorite of many, WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE, is the one I might most like to hear again..
     
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    Crosby Stills Nash and Young's "Find the Cost of Freedom" has always been one of my favorites.

    This may be slightly off-topic but there have been protest made after the 60's and 7-'s. They may be cloaked, but they are there and, unfortunately, (considering recent events), just as valid. One that comes to mind is Don Henley's cleverly written "The End of the Innocence".

    "O beautiful for spacious skies
    But now those skies are threatening
    They're beating plow shares into swords
    For this tired old man that we elected king"

    Nancy Griffith's amazing "It's a Hard Life where ever you go" also comes to mind. It talks about the strife in Ireland and racism, then ends talking about the 60's in conjunction with the present;

    "I was a child in the sixties
    Dreams could be held through TV
    With Disney and Cronkite and Martin Luther
    Oh, I believed, I believed
    Now, I am a backseat driver from America
    I am not at the wheel of control
    I am guilty, I am war..... I am the root of all evil
    Lord, and I can't drive on the left side of the road.

    It's a hard life, it's a hard life
    It's a very hard life
    It's a hard life wherever you go
    And if we poison our children with hatred
    Then a hard life is all that they'll know"

    Emmylou Harris does an incredible version of this that merges with "Abraham, Martin and John".
     
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    Three of my favorites are "Fortunate Son" by CCR, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, and "Blowin' In the Wind" by Bob Dylan. Peter, Paul, and Mary also did a great version of "Blowin' In the Wind".
    Danny
     
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    I love that "Stop Hey, what's that sound?" song. No idea what it's called or who sang it but I would consider it my favourite "protest song".
     
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    Don't forget Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and all the rest of Ochs' stuff like "Here's to the State of Mississippi," "Draft Dodger Rag," etc., Dylans "The Hurricane" too.
     
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    I don't know if it's my favorite but don't forget "The I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish.
     
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    How about "The Unknown Soldier" by The Doors.

    ..........."We're not going to take it" by Twisted Sister...sorry had an 80's flashback there for a minute :b
     
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    I would also like to add another great dylan song -- The Times They Are a Changin', along with at least half of his songs from the mid 60s.
     
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    I would also list Dylan's Masters Of War.

    Krism
     
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    "Trouble Coming Every Day," by The Mothers of Invention (from the band's first album, the double-LP Freak Out! on Verve).
     
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    Oh, and "Rejoice" by Jefferson Airplane (from 1967's After Bathing at Baxter's, written by Grace Slick. Best line: "War's good business, so give your son/And I'd rather have my country die for me"--remember, we're talkin' Vietnam here).
     
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    Every song off of Small Town England by New Model Army, a band most of you have most likely never heard of.

    And for those of you who have...

    [rant]KUDOS[/rant]

    ~j
     
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    I would add Buffy Sainte-Marie's UNIVERSAL SOLDIER.
    "He's five feet two and he's six feet four
    He fights with missiles and with spears
    He's all of 31 and he's only 17
    He's been a soldier for a thousand years
    He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an athiest, a Jain,
    a Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
    and he knows he shouldn't kill
    and he knows he always will
    kill you for me my friend and me for you
    And he's fighting for Canada,
    he's fighting for France,
    he's fighting for the USA,
    and he's fighting for the Russians
    and he's fighting for Japan,
    and he thinks we'll put an end to war this way
    And he's fighting for Democracy
    and fighting for the Reds
    He says it's for the peace of all
    He's the one who must decide
    who's to live and who's to die
    and he never sees the writing on the walls
    But without him how would Hitler have
    condemned him at Dachau
    Without him Caesar would have stood alone
    He's the one who gives his body
    as a weapon to a war
    and without him all this killing can't go on
    He's the universal soldier and he
    really is to blame
    His orders come from far away no more
    They come from him, and you, and me
    and brothers can't you see
    this is not the way we put an end to war."
     
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    Gotta second "For What It's Worth"
     

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