Best Of the New Protest Songs

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Listening to the new Neil Young got me thinking about other artists that have done the anti-war (or anti-Bush)thing better recently..the best of the current crop for me is "I Feel Like The Mother of The World" by Smog:

Whether or not there is any type of god
I’m not supposed to say
And today
I don’t really care

God is a word
And the argument ends there

Oh do I feel like the mother of the world
With two children
Oh do I feel like the mother of the world
With two children fighting

When I was a boy I used to get into it bad
With my sister
And when the time came to face the truth
There’d only be tears and sides
Tears and sides
And my mother my poor mother
Would say it does not matter
It does not matter
Just stop fighting

Oh do I feel like the mother of the world
With two children

others?

Space Is the Place (Space Is the Place), Sunday, 7 May 2006 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Agreed, that Smog song is stellar. Other favorites:

Karl Blau: "Dragon Song"
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Kimya Dawson - "Viva La Persistence"
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Headphones - "Major Cities"
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American Music Club - "Patriot's Heart"
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The Robot Ate Me - "Lately"


Kevin Erickson, Sunday, 7 May 2006 18:32 (thirteen years ago) link

I always thought Electrelane's reconfiguration of "The Partisan" was very good...

zach mercer (suizen), Sunday, 7 May 2006 19:34 (thirteen years ago) link

You've got the mouth of a wolf
Inside the mask of an innocent lamb
You say your heart is all compassion
But there's a flat line on your cardiogram

And you always make a profit
If it was a famine or a feast

I'm the soul of indiscretion,
I was cursed with x-ray vision,
I could see right through all the lies you told,
When you smiled for the television

You can see the coming battle
You pray the drums will never cease
Yes you may win this war that's coming
But would you tolerate the peace?

Investing in munitions
And those little cotton flags
Invest in wooden caskets
In guns and body bags

Your daddy was a businessman
And he always made good sense
A war can make you rich my friend
In dollars, pounds and cents

In the temple that was Mammon's
You were ordained the parish priest
Yes you may win this coming battle
But could you tolerate the peace?

Invest in deadly weapons
And those little cotton flags
Invest in wooden caskets
In guns and body bags

You've invested in oppression
Invested in corruption
Invest in every tyranny
And the whole world's destruction

I imagine there's a future
When all the earthly wars are over
You may find yourself just standing there
On the white cliffs of Dover

You may ask, what does it profit a man
To gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul?
Is that your body you see on the rocks below
As the tide begins to roll?

And you invested in this prison
From which you never got released
You may win this war that's coming
But would you tolerate the peace?

There's a war on our democracy
A war on our dissent
There's a war inside religion
And what Jesus might have meant

There's a war on mother nature
A war upon the seas
There's a war upon the forests
On the birds and the bees

There's a war on education
A war on information
A war between the sexes
And every nation

There's a war on our compassion
A war on understanding
A war on love and life itself
It's war that they're demanding

Make it easy on yourself
don't do nothing

bahtology, Sunday, 7 May 2006 20:32 (thirteen years ago) link

There are good protest songs?

vartman (novaheat), Sunday, 7 May 2006 22:28 (thirteen years ago) link

What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Sunday, 7 May 2006 22:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, if that's the best ILM can dig up so far, I don't mind self-linking

http://blackstrap.org/tmp/blackstrap-homesecurity-clicksmix.mp3

bendy (bendy), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 04:22 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

Can we add some more titles to this list? A 100+ protest/political songs of the Aughties?

1. Bright Eyes: "When the President Talks to God"
2. James McMurtry: "We Can't Make It Here"

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 11 May 2009 12:55 (ten years ago) link

3. Eminem, "Mosh"

Doctor Casino, Monday, 11 May 2009 13:43 (ten years ago) link

^^^ kind of corny in places but really chilling as a recording. I mean this isn't mindblowing on paper, but he delivers it with real venom, like just this once he's going to drop his self-obsession and clowning and talk about something that matters:

For this monster, this coward,
That we have empowered
This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin'
How could we allow something like this without pumping our fists
Let the president answer a higher anarchy
Strap him with an AK-
47, let him go, fight his own war
Let him impress daddy that way [...]
Look in his eyes its all lies
The stars and stripes, they've been swiped,
washed out and wiped
And replaced with his own face, Mosh now or die

Doctor Casino, Monday, 11 May 2009 13:48 (ten years ago) link

4. John Rich - Shuttin' Detroit Down
5. Living Things - Bombs Below
6. Merle Haggard - That's The News
7. The Flatlanders - Homeland Refugee

There's lots of post-9/11 songs, too (not to mention lots of protest songs of every stripe that aren't very good), but I won't bother with those.

xhuxk, Monday, 11 May 2009 14:42 (ten years ago) link

seven years pass...

The amateur group whose Women's March protest song went viral:

MILCK, feat the GW Sirens and Capital Blend - "I Can't Keep Quiet"
http://youtu.be/8pEcvteQo9g?t=4m16s
Starts at 4:20.

Sanpaku, Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:52 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Where are the best post-2016 protest songs?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 22:50 (two weeks ago) link


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