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Creedence Clearwater Revival

Effigy

(J. C. Fogerty)

Last night

I saw a fire burning on

The palace lawn

O'er the land

The humble subjects watched in mixed

Emotion

Chorus:

Who is burnin' ?

Who is burnin' ?

Effigy

Who is burnin' ?

Who is burnin' ?

Effigy

Last night

I saw the fire spreadin' to

The palace door

Silent majority

Weren't keepin' quiet

Anymore

Chorus

Last night

I saw the fire spreadin' to

The country side

In the mornin'

Few were left to see

The ashes die

Chorus

Why ?

Why ?

Effigy

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You guys wouldn't know of them, but Los Guaraguao were a protest band from Venezuela that made some very popular protest songs. Thing is, it was at a time and a place where political dissent wasn't taken lightly that when the lead singer died from an automobile accident everyone jumped to the conclusion that it was a political assassination. Marco Antonio Solis, a famous singer from Mexico (who fronted Los Bukis), made a cover of one of their songs, "Las Casas De Carton" (lit. "The Houses Of Cardboard"). Good tuneage, if you're open-minded enough to listen to it. The songs usually speak of the people there being oppressed by the "yankees," so it may not go well with this or any crowd here, but one has to look at this from a historical context: Most of the civil wars in Central and South America were funded by billions of US dollars along with training and weaponry...

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Well, this is not a war protest song, but it is one of my favorite "protest" songs. I love the emotion behind it.

Hand Me Down World

(Winter)

Anybody here see the noise, see the fear

And commotion,

I think we missed it

Anybody here see the love, see the hate

Being motioned...

(Chorus)

Don't Give me no hand me down shoes

Don't Give me no hand me down love

Don't Give me no hand me down world

Got one already.

I love The Guess Who! I think a good protest song (not really a war protest song) would be Won't Get Fooled Again.

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"Oh how happy do the dogs live

In the house of the exploiter

You wouldn't believe it

But there are schools for dogs

And they give them an education...

Just so they won't bite the newspaper

But the boss!

For many many years

Has been biting the worker"

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"The Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe & the Fish.

The chorus goes like this:

And it's one, two, three

What are we fighting for?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn

The next stop is Vietnam

And it's five, six, seven

Open up the pearly gates

Oh, I ain't got time to wonder why

Whoopee, I'm a-gonna die?

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99 LUFTBALLOONS/ 99 RED BALLOONS by Nena.

You and I in a little toy shop

buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got

Set them free at the break of dawn

'Til one by one, they were gone

Back at base, bugs in the software

Flash the message, "Something's out there"

Floating in the summer sky

99 red balloons go by.

99 red balloons floating in the summer sky

Panic bells, it's red alert

There's something here from somewhere else

The war machine springs to life

Opens up one eager eye

Focusing it on the sky

Where 99 red balloons go by.

99 Decision Street, 99 ministers meet

To worry, worry, super-scurry

Call the troops out in a hurry

This is what we've waited for

This is it boys, this is war

The president is on the line

As 99 red balloons go by.

99 Knights of the air

ride super-high-tech jet fighters

Everyone's a Silverhero

Everyone's a Captain Kirk

With orders to identify

To clarify and classify

Scramble in the summer sky

As 99 red balloons go by.

As 99 red balloons go by.

99 dreams I have had

In every one a red balloon

It's all over and I'm standin' pretty

In this dust that was a city

If I could find a souvenier

Just to prove the world was here...

And here is a red balloon

I think of you and let it go.

:angel:

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According to VH1, these are the top 25 protest songs...

25](What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Elvis Costello

24]Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young

23]Where Is the Love? - Black Eyed Peas

22]Do They Know It's Christmas (Feed The World)

21]Nelson Mandela - The Specials

20]London Calling - The Clash

19]Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

18]Boom! - System of a Down

17]People Have the Power - Patti Smith

16]The Message - Grandmaster Flash

15]Biko - Peter Gabriel

14]Freedom - Rage Against the Machine

13]Sun City

12]Anarchy in the U.K. - The Sex Pistols

11]Get up, Stand Up - Bob Marley

10]Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen

9]Fight the Power - Public Enemy

8]Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2

7]Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

6]Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday

5]What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

4]Give Peace a Chance - John Lennon

3]Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1 - James Brown

2]This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie

1]Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan

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I was wondering what everyone's favorite war protest song is.

"The Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" by Country Joe & the Fish.

The chorus goes like this:

And it's one, two, three

What are we fighting for?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn

The next stop is Vietnam

And it's five, six, seven

Open up the pearly gates

Oh, I ain't got time to wonder why

Whoopee, I'm a-gonna die?

Unquestionably in agreement.

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Hmmm. Didn't read the content of the first post and went with the title of the topic =:P

War protest song?

"No, prayer isn't enough

More than that is needed in order to achieve peace

And they pray in good faith

And they pray with all their heart

But the pilot also prays before he gets on his airplane...

To go bomb the children of Viet Nam

To go bomb the children of Viet Nam"

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wow peaches, strange fruit is an amazing song! when i was younger i had the wonder years soundtrack on tape and i loved that song that goes:

'c'mon people now

smile on your brother,

everybody get together

gotta love one another right now'

it's a bit kinky really, isn't it?!

another song was: '

stop children what's that sound, everybody look what's going down....

a thousand people on the street etc.'

not quite sure of all the words!

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I don't remember the singer, but it's a late '60s song:

War...uh..what is it good for?

Absolutely nothin'

Say it again

War...uh..what is it good for?

Absolutely nothin'

Springsteen remade it on his live '75-'85 album. Was it Edwin Starr?

Also, "What's Going On?" by Marvin Gaye:

You see, war is not the answer

Only love can conquer hate

You know we've got to find a way

To bring some lovin' here today

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Jen, never doubt yourself. It was indeed Edwin Starr.

And regarding Gisela's "love one another right now"...it was origianlly done by The Mitchell Trio on their first album after Chad Mitchell left the group to go solo (and was never heard from again...lol). A few years later a group called The Youngbloods covered it and had a huge hit with it.

Anyone remember The Youngbloods appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show? The band didn't like the stage set-up and refused to play. Carson said something to the effect of "they'll never be heard from again". He was absolutely right.

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