Terrific Protest Songs
Submitted by lbangs on Wed, 04/24/2002 - 05:16
- Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("We're finally on our own... / What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground? / How can you run when you know?")
- Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello ("With all the will in the word diving for dear life / When we could be diving for pearls")
- Masters of War - Bob Dylan ("Even Jesus would never forgive what you do... / I'll stand o'er your grave / Til I'm sure that you're dead")
- Love and Happiness - John Mellencamp ("But the rest of us die on your battle fields / With wounds that fester and bleed / But they never heal")
- If I Had a Rocket Launcher - Bruce Cockburn ("Every time I think about...echoes of the victims' cry / If I had a rocket launcher / Some son of a bitch would die")
- Sign O' The Times - Prince ("Some say a man ain't happy / Unless a man truly dies")
- I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag -Country Joe & the Fish ("Be the first one on your block / To have your boy come home in a box")
- A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding ("It's been a long time coming...)
- I Ain't Marching Anymore - Phil Ochs ("It's always the old to lead us to the war / It's always the young to fall")
- What's Going On - Marvin Gaye ("Mother, mother / There's too many of you crying")
- Mining for Gold - The Cowboy Junkies ("Two years and the silicosis takes hold / And I feel like I'm dying from mining for gold")
- Complain (Part I) - Bob Roberts ("I wanna be rich, I don't have a brain / Give me a handout while I complain")
- I Can Explain Everything - T Bone Burnett ("The genius of France can be seen at a glance... / The French knew how to lynch" - careful, this one is tricky and probably means more than you think upon first hearing!)
- Dear God - XTC ("Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book / Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look / And all the people you made in your image / Still believing that junk is true...")
- King Heroin - James Brown ("Cause the white horse of heroin will ride you to hell / To hell / Will ride you to hell / Until you are dead / Dead, brother / Dead..." You just gotta hear James Brown sing it.)
Remember when there was such a thing as the protest song?
Only one per artist, or else Dylan would have several pages to himself.
More as I think of them...