Anti-war Protest Songs Throughout Time

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Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” is considered Rock’s first protest song! (I learned this from Trivial Pursuit, by the way)

The history of the song is somewhat interesting, but I think the lyrics are simple, yet they convey the political landscape of the times- 1965.

“You’re old enough to kill, but not for votin’”

“You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin'”

“I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation.”

“Handful of senators don’t pass legislation
And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'”

There was an air of anti-war in all the mainstream art, especially music.

Here are some other great protest songs from the 1960’s:

The Byrds- Turn Turn Turn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4

Bob Dylan- Blowin in the Wind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUX9IcSzHX0

Phil Ochs- I Ain’t Marching Anymore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keQmLFsXE8s

Bob Dylan- With God On Our Side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnRdsSC3YwM

The anti-war songs didn’t stop after Vietnam. Many of our favorite artists have produced works with anti-war attitudes.

Here are some of the best that I’ve found:

Kate Bush- Army Dreamers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdHOm256N4 (Yes, she’s a weirdo. This song is good)

Rage Against the Machine- Killing in the Name Of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNzIKoAy2pk

Bright Eyes- Road to Joy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37r9aqTxhBQ

Alice In Chains- Rooster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0FAosDi4XA

Muse- Soldier’s Poem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMYAATQDOEQ

Joy Division- Walked In Line http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rGY8v7mj7c

R.E.M.- Orange Crush http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mSmOcmk7uQ

Metallica- One http://www.lyricsfreak.com/m/metallica/one_20092051.html

The Cranberries- Zombie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ejga4kJUts

If you’ve heard any others, please let me know!

With all the wars happening in the world now, I would think there would be tons of anti-war songs. Maybe I’m just being too picky.

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