Songs of political and social commentary

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    I like songs that have meaningful lyrics, as opposed to many pop and disco songs that are mainly nonsense. So, I tend to list many of these type songs that have their roots in the psychedlic years and in lots of folk music of the civil rights years.

    But, many songs with social or political lyrics have surfaced over the years, these are some that I like alot:

    Won't Get Fooled Again- The Who
    Eve Of Destruction- Barry McGuire
    Ohio -Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
    Working Class Hero- John Lennon
    Lunatic Fringe-Red Rider
    Subdivisions-Rush
    No, No, No-Deep Purple
    Games Without Frontiers- Peter Gabriel
    Piggies- Beatles
    Peace Sells- Megadeth
    Sweet Thing/ Candidate- David Bowie
    Senior Service-Elvis Costello
    Talkin' About A Revolution' Tracy Chapman
    Dirty Laundry- Don Henley
    Sounds of Silence' Simon and Garfunkel
    London Calling-the Clash

    any others?


     
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    Revolution - Beatles
    For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
    Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
    Rocking in the Free World, Crime in the City - Neil Young
    Don't Drink the Water - Dave Matthews Band
     
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    Blowing in the wind Bob Dylan


    "Come on guys, it's all about ball bearings now,  Maybe you need a refresher course..... and clean those windows there covered with gunk."
     
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    Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
    War Pigs - Black Sabbath
     
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    Bullet The Blue Sky,Silver And Gold, New years Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

    Zombie - The Cranberries

    War - Edwin Starr

    Do they know It's Christmas - Band Aid

    Feed The World - USA For Africa

    My City Was Gone - The Pretenders

    The Times They Are A Changin - Bob Dylan

    Imagine - Joh Lennon
     
    Fotrunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd

    Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil

    Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

    Invisible Sun - The Police

    Orange Crush - REM
     
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    Powderfinger -Neil Young 
           The Cowboy Junkies do a cover that is Haunting
     
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    Wow - you all rattled off most of the ones I would have listed.

    I would like to add:

    Clampdown - Clash

    More to come.
     
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    Cortez The Killer - Neil

    Chicago - Graham Nash

    Love Vigilantes - New Order

    And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - The Pougues

    What's so Funny About Peace Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

    When The Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd

    Mothers of The Disappeared - U2

    Washington Bullets - The Clash

    Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon

    Walking In Your Footsteps - The Police

    Sky Pilot - The Animals

    Unknown Soldier - The Doors

    Brothers at Arms - Dire Straights

    Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

    Waiting for the great leap Forward - Billy Bragg

    One note I think when Dylan far+s it could be considered a protest of some sort ... he has so many protest songs... My personal fav being The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, and the best recorded version of that being off Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue (Bootleg Series Vol. 5). IMHO

     
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    You Can't Be Too Strong; Here It Comes Again; They Got It Wrong (As Usual) - Graham Parker

    Mother Knows Best; Pharaoh - Richard Thompson

    Right And Wrong - Joe Jackson

    Taxman - The Beatles

    Trouble Every Day - Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiVFfOOm_GI
     
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    Open Your Eyes - Lords of the New Church
     
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    And I must add two songs by my all-time favorite performer, Howlin' Wolf, from his 1973 album The Back Door Wolf: Coon On The Moon & Watergate Blues.
     
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    Here's a nugget

    Society's Child - Janis Ian
     
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    I'd love to change the world - Ten Years After



     
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    Metallica - One

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgGTTtR0kc


    If you can watch this video and not be, at the very least, just a little disturbed, you're a very cold person
     
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    Universal Child - Annie Lennox
    Janie's Got a Gun - Aerosmith
    Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
    Luka - Suzanne Vega
    If I Ever Lose My Faith in You - Sting
    Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
    What's Goin On - Marvin Gaye

    A few musicals:

      Rent  (AIDS)
      Hair
      Hairspray (Segregation)
      West Side Story
     
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    For the Time They are a Changin, Bob Dylan (but I prefer Billy Joel's rendition)
     
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    Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine, Truganini
    Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard, Busload of Faith
     
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    Los Desaparecidos -- Little Steven
    Immigration Man -- Graham Nash
    One Big Happy Family -- Tonio K
    Roland the Headless Thomspon Gunner -- Warren Zevon
     
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    we almost lost detroit
    the revolution will be televised

    both by gil scot heron
     
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    [QUOTE]we almost lost detroit the revolution will be televised both by gil scot heron
    Posted by JEnvie[/QUOTE]

    good call
     
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    [QUOTE]the revolution will not be televised
    Posted by JEnvie[/QUOTE]One of my all time favorites
     
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    "Monster/America"  by Steppenwolf.  The old man, Johnny Kay, still sings the heck out of this song with a great band on YouTube.  In fact, you might find the older arrangement better than his much younger original version.      
     
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    Dave Van Ronk's "Luang Pranang", a short acapella number from his "Going back to Brooklyn" album, is one of the most powerful anti-war tunes I've ever heard.

    Edit: here's a link (not really safe for work!):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w5JlDn9WCw
     
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    "You Haven't Done Nuthin'", "Living For The City" - Stevie Wonder

    "Panic In Detroit" - David Bowie

    "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" - Marvin Gaye

    "Freedom" - Richie Havens

    "Calm Like A Bomb", "Take The Power Back", etc. - Rage Against The Machine (really, take your pick...)

    "Empire" - Queensryche
     
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    State of Massachusetts - Dropkick Murphys
    Warning - Green Day
    Maggie's Farm - Bob Dylan
    Bittersweet Symphony - the Verve
    How Soon is Now - The Smiths
    Birth, School, Work, Death - the Godfathers
     

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