Best Anti War/Protest Songs

I saw them at Glastonbury in 1993, an excellent live band too.

Tim Buckley singing, No Man Can Find The War. Not written by him though.

Probably one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. Saw them around the same as you but also in a small venue where they were rehearsing the album Diesel and Dust.

And a very charismatic front man.

Blam Blam Blam - There Is No Depression In New Zealand

There is no depression in New Zealand
There are no sheep on our farms
There is no depression in New Zealand
We can all keep perfectly calm

But everybody’s talking about World War Three
'cos everybody’s talking about World War Three
But we’re as safe as safe can be
There’s no unrest in this country

We have no dole queues
We have no drug addicts
We have no racism
We have no sexism
Sexism, no, no

There is no depression in New Zealand
There are no teeth in our heads
There is no depression in New Zealand
We sleep in a well made bed

Oh, but everybody’s talking about World War Three
Yes, everybody’s talking about World War Three
But we’re as safe as safe can be
There’s no unrest in this country

We have no SIS
We have no secrets
We have no rebellion
We have no Valium
Valium, no, no

There is no depression in New Zealand
There are no sheep on our farms
There is no depression in New Zealand
We can all keep perfectly calm
Perfectly calm
Perfectly calm
Perfectly calm
Perfectly calm

True, but the thread isnt just about anti War songs, also other matters of protest and Roots Reggae is a great genre and movement of protest against all manner of subjects not just internicine gang war.

As a fellow fan of the genre would love to see some of your selections
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I would agree about the song, but posting artists who are paedophiles…

I did make quite clear what I thought of the man, his a grub.

Solid Rock Goanna

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The Grave: Don Maclean

I’m surprised we’ve got to 150 posts and no mention of Nina Simone and particularly Mississippi Goddam, surely a model for protest songs and chosen a few years ago for inclusion in the National Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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There’s several versions available on the web. The video performance recorded in the Netherlands benefits from seeing her increasing hurt and anger as the song progresses.

Roger

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Apologies if already mentioned:

June Tabor……. The band played Waltzing Matilda.

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Two I haven’t seen mentioned yet:

  1. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan

  2. Soldiers Things - Tom Waits

Plus, another vote for Country Joe and the Fish…

Neil Young, Love and War from the brilliant Le Noise album

The Jam - Little Boy Soldiers

… Its funny how you never knew what my name was
Our only contact was a form for the election
These days I find that you don’t listen
These days I find that were out of touch
These days I find that I’m too busy
So why the attention now you want my assistance
What have you done for me

… You’ve gone and got yourself in trouble
No you want me to help you out

… These days I find that I can’t be bothered
These days I find that its all too much
To pick up a gun and shoot a stranger
But I’ve got no choice so here I come war games

… I’m up on the hills playing little boy soldiers
Reconnaissance duty up at 5:30
Shoot shoot shoot and kill the natives
You’re one of us and we love you for that

… Think of honor queen and country
You’re a blessed son of the British empire
Gods on our side and so is Washington

… Come out on the hills with the little boy soldiers
Come on outside I’ll sing you a lullaby
Or tell a tale of how goodness prevailed

… We ruled the world we killed and robbed
The fu****g lot but we don’t feel bad

… It was done beneath the flag of democracy
You’ll believe and I do yes I do yes I do
Yes I do

… These days I find that I can’t be bothered
To argue with them well what’s the point
Better to take your shots and drop down dead
Then they send you home in a pine overcoat

… With a letter to your mum
Saying find enclosed one son one medal and a note
To say he won

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Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914) from the magnificent Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies

From the same era, Private Sorrow from S.F.Sorrow.

Loads of soul songs through the Vietnam period - Men Are Getting Scarce by The Chairman of the Board for example

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