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April 27, 2010

Imagine by John Lennon…..What is your favorite protest song?

Imagine by John Lennon
John Lennon wrote the classic protest song: "Imagine" "imagine all the people living life in peace" "imagine there are no countries " nothing to kill or die for…………."


I don’t want to be a solider- John Lennon
A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall- Bob Dylan
War- Edwin Starr
Two tribes- FGTH

  1. Rainbow Stew, it’s kind of a protest song. At least protesting the easy life.
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    Comment by The Duke — April 27, 2010 @ 8:07 am
  2. Run Riot – Def Leppard
    Bastille Day – Rush
    Chimes of freedom – Bob Dylan
    Masters of war – Bob Dylan
    War pigs – Black Sabbath
    Peace Frogs – The Doors
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    Comment by DeathCube K — April 27, 2010 @ 8:12 am
  3. anything Rage Against The Machine
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    Comment by The Hand That Feeds — April 27, 2010 @ 8:32 am
  4. I Love John Lennon’s:Imagine but I also Love:Grateful Dead’s:Throwing Stones read the lyrics,then hear the rythmn and Jerry’s beautiful guitars do justice.
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    Comment by smitrixz — April 27, 2010 @ 9:14 am
  5. If I had a rocket launcher – Bruce Cockburn
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    "I don’t believe in guarded borders and I don’t believe in hate
    I don’t believe in generals or their stinking torture states

    And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
    If I had a rocket launcher…I would retaliate"

    Comment by Ethan Edwards — April 27, 2010 @ 9:33 am
  6. War Pigs, by Black Sabbath.

    "Politicians hide themselves away
    They only started the war
    Why should they go out to fight?
    They leave that role to the poor"
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    Comment by Joe F — April 27, 2010 @ 10:23 am
  7. For what’s worth by Buffalo Springfield

    Why didn’t we have thse guys during the BUSH years???
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    Comment by Am_I a_Beatlesfan — April 27, 2010 @ 10:49 am
  8. Anti-Flag : Die for your government
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    Comment by munky — April 27, 2010 @ 11:17 am
  9. I don’t want to be a solider- John Lennon
    A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall- Bob Dylan
    War- Edwin Starr
    Two tribes- FGTH
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    Comment by Punch's Golden Jukebox — April 27, 2010 @ 11:22 am
  10. "Blowing in the Wind" – Bob Dylan
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    Comment by vtd288 — April 27, 2010 @ 11:53 am
  11. Imagine is a timeless classic and some of Lennon’s best work.
    A couple of war protest songs I like.
    Deja Vu All Over Again by John Fogerty
    What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

    I also like Long Haired Country Boy by Charlie Daniels,
    which could be considered a protest against conformity.
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    Comment by Lucy Blue — April 27, 2010 @ 12:24 pm
  12. War-Edwin Starr
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    Comment by Child of the grave — April 27, 2010 @ 12:42 pm
  13. Hi Voo… here’s mine

    Volunteers ~ Jefferson Airplane

    Washington Bullets ~ The Clash

    Southern Man ~ Neil Young
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    Comment by Cowboy Neal At The Wheel ® — April 27, 2010 @ 12:59 pm
  14. His "Give Peace a Chance" is my favorite!
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    Comment by Peace — April 27, 2010 @ 1:24 pm
  15. Dylan:
    "Masters of War"
    "Blowin in the Wind"

    Marvin Gaye
    "What’s Going On"

    Rage Against the Machine
    "Killing in the Name of"

    Beastie Boys
    "Right Right Now Now"

    "We As Americans"
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    Comment by hotpinkKITTY — April 27, 2010 @ 1:56 pm
    CSN&Y Ohio
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    Comment by Leni Dutchess of Beggars — April 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
  17. From My generation – Country Joe and the Fish – One -two – there -four -what are we fighting for – I don’t care I don’t give a damn – Next Stop is Viet Nam.
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    Comment by bluechristy — April 27, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
  18. I have many…but here are three highlights…all very different, but all equally powerful.

    Eve of Destruction…Barry McGuire.And I replaced the original clip I had chosen because I really liked this one of the homeless guy singing it.

    Won’t Get Fooled Again…The Who

    Head Like a Hole..NIN
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    Comment by Burn In Hell Eartha — April 27, 2010 @ 2:57 pm
  19. Rockin’ In The Free World by Neil Young

    There’s colors on the street
    Red, white and blue
    People shufflin’ their feet
    People sleepin’ in their shoes
    But there’s a warnin’ sign on the road ahead
    There’s a lot of people sayin’ we’d be better off dead
    Don’t feel like Satan, but I am to them
    So I try to forget it, any way I can.

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

    I see a woman in the night
    With a baby in her hand
    Under an old street light
    Near a garbage can
    Now she puts the kid away, and she’s gone to get a hit
    She hates her life, and what she’s done to it
    There’s one more kid that will never go to school
    Never get to fall in love, never get to be cool.

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

    We got a thousand points of light
    For the homeless man
    We got a kinder, gentler,
    Machine gun hand
    We got department stores and toilet paper
    Got styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer
    Got a man of the people, says keep hope alive
    Got fuel to burn, got roads to drive.

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
    Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

    I really like this one, because it still speaks of society today, and how we tend to ignore those in need of our help because we are too busy trying to be free. With freedom comes responsibility……….

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    Comment by Rock Candy — April 27, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
  20. Whats goin’ on/Marvelous Marvin Gaye
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    Comment by onederful2nite — April 27, 2010 @ 4:04 pm
  21. 7 o’clock News/Silent Night
    Paul Simon
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    Comment by Puppy Love — April 27, 2010 @ 4:24 pm
  22. This one
    Bob Marley
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    Comment by Just a good ol' boy — April 27, 2010 @ 4:41 pm
  23. Behind the Wall by Tracy Chapman
    Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd
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    Comment by Eye ? U — April 27, 2010 @ 5:26 pm
  24. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan:Blowing in the Wind
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    Comment by Desert Dweeb — April 27, 2010 @ 5:32 pm
  25. John Coltrane: “Alabama"
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    Comment by Star Girl — April 27, 2010 @ 5:59 pm
  26. Rage Against The Machine
    "Killing in The name of"
    in which Zack DeLaRoche
    sings repeatedly
    "f you I wont do what you tell me"
    "f you I wont do what you tell me"

    Definitely my favorite in that category
    Hands down

    *blink blink*
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    Comment by man bear pig — April 27, 2010 @ 6:26 pm
  27. The FISH song.
    Gimme an F
    Gimme a U
    Gimme a C
    Gimme a K
    What’s That Spell?
    What’s That Spell?
    Well, come on all you big strong men
    Uncle Sam needs your help again
    Got himself in a terrible jam
    Way down yonder in Viet-nam
    Throw down your books and pick up a gun
    We’re gonna have a whole lotta fun
    And it’s 1-2-3 what are we fighting for
    Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn
    Next stop is Viet-nam
    And it’s 5-6-7 open up the Pearly Gates
    Well, there ain’t no reason to wonder why
    Whoopee, we’re all gonna die.
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    Comment by Mailman Bob — April 27, 2010 @ 6:59 pm
  28. We Shall Overcome**
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    Comment by Darumu J — April 27, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
  29. Imagine is my favorite but here are some more.

    It Better End Soon – Chicago

    War – Edwin Starr

    Ohio – CSN&Y

    One Tin Soldier – Coven

    Ball Of Confusion – The Temptations
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    Comment by Mike H Music Man in New Orleans — April 27, 2010 @ 8:02 pm
  30. My favourite protest song is Give Peace a Chance. It means a lot to me because we sang it in the struggle against the War in Vietnam. Incidentally the song was translated and used in the re election campaign of Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega. His goal was to bring unity to his nation after the US sponsored contra invasion. To a large extent he was able to bring back unity.
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    Comment by Dr.John L — April 27, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

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