Fun Thread (For a Change): Protest/Political Music

JermanatorJermanator Senior MemberPosts: 15,518 Senior Member
I started a thread that featured the Australian band Midnight Oil in the clubhouse and realized that their biggest hits are protest/politically motivated. There are some really good songs out there-- even if you disagree with the underlying premise of the lyrics. Lets have some fun for a change! It doesn't have to support your political views, but post a song that some musician decided to point out for some reason or another.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Neil Young, "Rocking in the Free World". If you want a reason... I learned to play this in about 5 minutes and can teach most of you to play it in 5 minutes. Neat song. Pissed off Canadian dude.


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Midnight Oil's biggest hit, "Beds are Burning". Look this one up. It has an interesting story behind it.


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #5
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    More from the Canadian dude... Neil Young.



  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Lynyrd Skynyrd telling Canadian citizen Neil Young to suck it...


  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,685 Senior Member
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    This is kind of a neat one because German band Rammstein is making a protest against American culture taking over the world. There is lots of truth to that, and it isn't actually a bad thing. We take over the world via a free, open, and tolerant society? Awesome!


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    This one is rather harsh. Rocking song though. (don't judge on this thread)


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Rage Against the Machine again. Yea. I see the rage.


  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,364 Senior Member
    1972............probably before the time of some of y'all. Still relevant, though.


    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,364 Senior Member
    Al Gore was one of those Fortunate Son folk. Riding a typewriter back in the rear with the gear. R.E.M.F.



    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,364 Senior Member
    Another oldie that's still relevant.



    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Hendrix. Machine Gunner. This guy was amazing live...


  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,364 Senior Member
    Not particularly political, but it could be seen that way.



    Lyrics in case you don't catch what the words are:

    Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)
     Merry Christmas Jingle Bells Christ is born and the devils in hell hearts they shrink
    Pockets swell Everybody know and nobody tell
    Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)
     Oh the sins of Caesars men cry the pious citizens
     who petty thieve the 5 & 10s and the big wheels turn around and around
     Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)
     Blame the angels, blame the fates, Blame the Jews or your sister Kate
     Teach your children how to hate and the big wheels turn around and around
     Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)
     Turn your back on weeds you've hoed silly sinful seeds you've sowed
     Add your straw to the camels load Pray like hell when your world explode
     Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)
     Swing your girl fiddler say Later on the piper pay Do see do, swing and sway
     Dead will dance on judgement day
    Little Wheels Spin and Spin Big wheels turn around & around (4x)


    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    I pride myself with a fairly large musical vocabulary but completely missed that song. Thanks for that. I like it.
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #18
    You older people may think this is a bunch of noise. To me, it is brilliant musically. The crap they pull with time signatures in this song alone is nuts. Another System of a Down song. Me and mama went to see these guys a couple of years ago. It was an outdoor concert venue and the smell of skunk bud was sickening. The fans were probably 10 to 20 years younger than us on average and the little turds holding up their cell phones to video the band playing our favorite songs got annoying very fast. So much that we actually had a coordinated game plan to kick some punk ass if it came down to it.

    The band was AWESOME!!! In the middle of the show, some kid managed to get up on stage and dove into the mosh pit real quick. Security found him and was escorting him out of the venue when the guitar player, Daron Malakian, stopped the show and insisted that they release the kid. After about a minute, they did and they went on with the show. I will gladly go see them again (in spite of the punk ass fans) if they come back to Detroit again. They were totally badass. So. BYOB...


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Edwin Starr-- War

    Wow that dude could sing!!!


  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 7,295 Senior Member
    Two from Master Elfman - 

    1.  Critical of the liberal outrage weenies:



    2. Critical of those who blame everyone and everything but the criminal:


    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,781 Senior Member
    I loved the rock music in the late '60's, without even caring what the lyrics were supposed to mean, most of the time. Hell, I was waiting for my draft notice, like everyone else, and besides, the young soldiers I knew even liked most of it. I honestly never related it to politics, which I was mostly ignorant of, anyway. It certainly never influenced my support for the troops, since I was expecting to be one myself, eventually.

    But, that was a different time - kids weren't regurgitating the lyrics so much, without knowing what they meant...or at least I didn't recognize it, if they were. Everybody liked hippie music, without being hippies, themselves.

    Or...maybe I was just a dumbass.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,447 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #22
    Lynyrd Skynyrd telling Canadian citizen Neil Young to suck it...


    And the reason Skynyrd told him too (at 1:37)



    "...See the old folks, tied in white robes.
    Hear the the banjo, don't it take you down home..."

    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    That was post #6.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,573 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #24
    Megadeth - Peace Sells.  

    That's the mother of all intro bass lines and was a staple of MTV news for years (back when MTV still did the music thing)


    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,447 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #25
    That was post #6.
    Sorry, hadn't listened to all the songs posted.

    A bunch of sources actually say it was a combination of the songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama" that lead to that line in "Sweet Home Alabama"
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 10,025 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #26
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Good ole' Sid and Johnny...


  • Make_My_DayMake_My_Day Senior Member Posts: 7,331 Senior Member
    I'm 72 and still enjoy the music from the late 60's to the 80's. The only stuff I never liked was the "screechy" music you could barely understand the words to, which was the reason I didn't like Led Zepplin that much, with the exception of Stairway to Heaven and Gallows Pole. I do like Robert Plant as a single artist now.
    JOE MCCARTHY WAS RIGHT:
    THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE NEW COMMUNISTS!
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young... about Kent State in 1970...


  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    You can't mention protest music without including Bob Dylan...


  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,406 Senior Member
    I'll try one from "south of the border"....in Spanish obviously!

    We also have our local (S.A. speaking) share of (99.99% pinko/liberal/commie) political songs in every musical style; most are insufferable but some are actually quite good. almost all of them are either U.S./immigration policies/Cuba/imperialism-hating (Although many of the authors LOVE to visit, live or record in the U.S. and be payed in US Dollars....typical hypocrisy) or the usual complaints about ruling classes, politicians, corruption, capitalism, etc.

    Here's one of the best-made at least for me, and with at least some international context; composed by the Argentinian musical "genius" Charly García, a good musician but an obnoxious, egocentric and extravagant hippie that seems to be high all of the time; it's about the '82 Falklands war and titled "Don't bomb Buenos Aires" (Argentina's capital) and both a protest song against the then ruling military dictatorship (And the society)  that used the war as an excuse to stay in power, and against the British reaction. Video is poorly made but back then it was a incipient industry in S.A., with little or no funding and broadcasting possibilities, and was basically made by mixing period images of their political scene and actual combat footage:



    Enjoy (If you can).


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