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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:12 PM

What is Your Favorite Protest Song? Old and New?

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My favorite older song is "For What Its Worth":



My favorite new song is "This is America":



What I find is interesting is how the songs of the 1960s seem equally applicable to our current times.

What about you? What is on your Protest Playlist?

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Reply What is Your Favorite Protest Song? Old and New? (Original post)
TomCADem Aug 4 OP
jalan48 Aug 4 #1
questionseverything Aug 4 #2
octoberlib Aug 4 #35
LakeArenal Aug 4 #3
Just_Vote_Dem Aug 4 #4
Chainfire Aug 4 #5
Poiuyt Aug 5 #43
Jim__ Aug 4 #6
LakeArenal Aug 4 #7
WheelWalker Aug 4 #8
tblue37 Aug 4 #9
50 Shades Of Blue Aug 4 #10
Mike 03 Aug 4 #11
EarthFirst Aug 4 #12
judeling Aug 4 #13
Journeyman Aug 4 #14
LuvLoogie Aug 4 #15
lkinwi Aug 4 #16
Trailrider1951 Aug 4 #17
pitchforksandtorches Aug 4 #27
treestar Aug 6 #63
meadowlander Aug 5 #49
emmaverybo Aug 4 #18
Glorfindel Aug 4 #19
PatSeg Aug 4 #37
Duncan Grant Aug 4 #20
NightWatcher Aug 4 #21
treestar Aug 6 #64
CaptYossarian Aug 4 #22
Coventina Aug 4 #23
Coventina Aug 4 #24
Celerity Aug 5 #47
meadowlander Aug 5 #50
Celerity Aug 5 #52
Coventina Aug 5 #54
Celerity Aug 5 #62
onethatcares Aug 4 #25
spanone Aug 4 #26
aidbo Aug 4 #33
Totally Tunsie Aug 4 #28
StarfishSaver Aug 4 #29
stillcool Aug 4 #30
pwb Aug 4 #31
Straw Man Aug 4 #32
RockRaven Aug 4 #34
Brother Buzz Aug 4 #36
octoberlib Aug 4 #38
Xolodno Aug 4 #39
IcyPeas Aug 4 #40
pecosbob Aug 4 #41
Wiseman32218 Aug 4 #42
jcgoldie Aug 5 #44
Mister Ed Aug 5 #45
Hekate Aug 5 #46
Celerity Aug 5 #48
Hortensis Aug 5 #51
Rstrstx Aug 5 #53
malaise Aug 5 #55
Leith Aug 5 #56
marmar Aug 5 #57
obamanut2012 Aug 5 #58
RT Atlanta Aug 5 #59
Ghost of Tom Joad Aug 5 #60
MissMillie Aug 5 #61

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:14 PM

1. Fortunate Son--CCR

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:14 PM

2. whose side you on boys?

n/t

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Response to questionseverything (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:26 PM

35. Second this!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:17 PM

4. Dylan-A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:21 PM

5. Give me an F

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 01:06 AM

43. I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die

Mine too

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:22 PM

6. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

One of my favorites anyway:

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:23 PM

7. Testing to see if it plays....

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:23 PM

8. Bruce Cockburn - If I Had a Rocket Launcher

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:23 PM

9. "For What It's Worth." nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:25 PM

10. The Universal Soldier by Buffy Ste. Marie

Here's it's performed by Donovan because I imprinted on this version in 1965 when I was 13.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:25 PM

11. One of my favorites: Sun City (Artists United Against Apartheid)



It's also probably one of the longest protest songs ever written.

The number of well known people involved in this project is quite staggering.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:26 PM

12. So many...







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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:27 PM

13. The Mighty Stef

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:28 PM

14. John Stewart: "Botswana". . .

Oft times, the most meaningful protests are those we make of ourselves . . .

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:30 PM

15. "Evil minds that plot destruction..."

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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:33 PM

16. Another Pete Seeger

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:33 PM

17. Here's to the State of Mississippi

Phil Ochs. He doesn't pull any punches.



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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #17)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:54 PM

27. My favorite also.

Though this version of Phil’s is also great:
Here’s To The State of Richard Nixon



As someone on YouTube commented, “Just change the name to "Donald  Trump" and it fits perfectly.  Still, after all these years.”

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Response to pitchforksandtorches (Reply #27)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 07:29 PM

63. +1

That is a good song.

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 05:46 AM

49. Mine too

and unfortunately still just about as true now as it was then.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:34 PM

18. Pete Seeger concert for SNCC. Michael Row the boat ashore.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:40 PM

19. Pete Seger: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?"

Tears my heart out every time...

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #19)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:38 PM

37. Oh yes

I think that was the first folk song I fell in love with.

Also Joan Baez's version of:

"Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream"

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war
I dreamed I saw a mighty room
The room was filled with men
And the paper they were signing said
They'd never fight again

And when the papers all were signed
And a million copies made
They all joined hands end bowed their heeds
And grateful prayers were prayed
And the people in the streets below
Were dancing round and round
And guns and swords and uniforms
Were scattered on the ground

Last night I had the strangest dream
I ever dreamed before
I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war

But I think my all time favorite will always be "We Shall Overcome", it is timeless.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:43 PM

20. Green Day: "Holiday"



For my “old” (it was such a different world):

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:46 PM

21. Anything Tom Morello (Rage/ Nightwatchman) or David Rovics.

Here's Halliburton Boardroom Massacre


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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #21)

Thu Aug 6, 2020, 07:30 PM

64. The Halliburton one

is very good.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:46 PM

22. Gary Wright--Stand For Our Rights

Got me through the Scott Walker Fuster cluck years here in WI.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:48 PM

23. Old: There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:50 PM

24. New(ish) The Call Up

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Response to Coventina (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 04:57 AM

47. Newish? That song is 40 years old.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #47)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 05:49 AM

50. Who's still writing good protest songs?

The most modern one I could think of was "Killing in the Name Of" and that's 30 years old.

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Response to meadowlander (Reply #50)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 06:12 AM

52. there's a tonne of hip hop, punk, etc. that protest social/racial/economic inequality that are new

the OP listed one: This Is America by Childish Gambino

here are some links

cheers!

YG, Che Lingo, Kendrick Lamar: the protest songs of Black Lives Matter 2020

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jun/10/yg-che-lingo-kendrick-lamar-protest-songs-of-black-lives-matter-2020-george-floyd


CATEGORY: 2020: THE YEAR IN PROTEST MUSIC

https://www.ongoinghistoryofprotestsongs.com/category/2020-the-year-in-protest-music/


All the New Protest and Benefit Music Released in Response to Police Brutality

https://www.vulture.com/article/protest-benefit-music-police-brutality.html

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Response to Celerity (Reply #47)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 09:32 AM

54. I'm aware, thanks, hence the "ish". It was meant to contrast with my OLD protest song

immediately above it, which was written in 1791.

Cheers!

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Response to Coventina (Reply #54)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 11:33 AM

62. 1791 deffo qualifies as old!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:51 PM

25. "I ain't marching anymore"

Thank you Phil Ochs. You died way too early.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:53 PM

26. Dylan - Masters of War

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Response to spanone (Reply #26)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:33 PM

33. I Was going to post masters of war

But since you beat me to it.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:55 PM

28. It's not a protest without Joan Baez!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:01 PM

29. I have two: "This Little Light of Mine" and "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round"




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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:05 PM

30. Thunderclap Newman..

Something in the air

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:12 PM

31. I only have an old one.

Joe Hill by Joan Baez .

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:12 PM

32. This one:

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:23 PM

34. For older, Bob Dylan - When The Ship Comes In

For newer, Green Day - American Idiot

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:35 PM

36. Old AND New by the same artist - Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction

Original:



Updated lyrics:

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 07:38 PM

38. Nina Simone- Mississippi Goddam




We Shall Overcome by the Morehouse College Glee Club because it's beautiful

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Help Save the Youth of America by Billy Bragg





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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 08:12 PM

39. My two fav's....

Metallica - One

Guns n Roses - Civil War

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:04 PM

40. Ball of Confusion.... twice



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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:12 PM

41. Redemption Song - Bulls on Parade



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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:16 PM

42. Ohio - CSNY

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Wed Aug 5, 2020, 01:32 AM

44. Just about anything by Bob Marley

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 03:46 AM

45. Sons of the Revolution, by Tonio K.



Because it's a game all right they're playin'
But it ain't like on TV
Nobody shakes hands when it's over
And there ain't no referee
And the stands are full of broken men
And the field's grown up in weeds

And the winners get your children
Yeah, they do just what they please
And they'll cut you for no reason
'Cept they wanna watch you bleed

So forget everything you've heard or read or seen
It's a game all right they're playin'
But they're playin' it for keeps

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 04:34 AM

46. What a great thread. I'm old, & feel like once I knew them all by heart, so can't choose just one

However, as an honorable mention, the great “Masters of War.“

I knew it in the 1960s during the Vietnam War, so it was a shock to listen to it again during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq by BushCheney, and discover new layers of truths. Fcking mercenaries of Blackwater.

Two newer songs in my personal repertoire are “Willie McBride” and “The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda.“

Bookmarking to listen to tomorrow when the household is not asleep, as currently it is 1:30 am.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 05:21 AM

48. Old one, Newtown Neurotics ‎- Kick Out The Tories! (1981)



Label:
CNT Productions ‎– CNT 004, No Wonder Records ‎– NOW 5
Format:
Vinyl, 7", Single
Country:
UK
Released:
1981
Genre:
Rock
Style:
Punk









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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 05:57 AM

51. "For What Its Worth," tho, was an ANTI- counterculture

protest song, in that respect like the Beatles' great "Revolution." Those were my days. Both groups were smart guys who rejected radical destruction for its own sake.

… But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be
All right, all right, all right…


On the plus side, the old anti-war protests of my era had a huge effect. We still war, but now almost no one goes off to them. For better and worse...

I don't have a favorite protest song for this era. Democracy wasn't under huge attack in that one, but it is now and for me it's all about uniting to protect and fight the destroyers.

Speaking of, "This is America" is nice to dance to, but I'd never listened to the lyrics. Protest in this era is incredibly more, as people marching in over 700 cities showed. Good thing, because we're all in very grave danger from RW authoritarianism, though only Jews and a few other vulnerably small groups more than black people and few as much.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 06:24 AM

53. You can't leave Malvina Reynolds off the list

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 09:35 AM

55. Get up Stand Up!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:21 AM

56. Muse Uprising



Surprising that nobody posted this one yet.



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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:31 AM

57. You Haven't Done Nothing by Stevie Wonder


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Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:36 AM

58. Bread & Roses

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:38 AM

59. two of mine:

Marvin Gaye's "What's going on"

Jimi Hendrix's "Machine gun"

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:43 AM

60. Bruce Springsteen

41 Shots--American Skin


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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 10:50 AM

61. I don't know if you can call this a protest song...

but I'm feeling this one today.



"Thank you, I'll get it myself."

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