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The best protest song about recent events is available on YouTube  It includes a brilliant video. It’s by a little known group called Five Times August and called Jesus What Happened to Us?  Sorry I can’t upload it as I’m not tech savvy but go check it out

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On 5/30/2021 at 10:47 AM, Digbyjack said:

The best protest song about recent events is available on YouTube  It includes a brilliant video. It’s by a little known group called Five Times August and called Jesus What Happened to Us?  Sorry I can’t upload it as I’m not tech savvy but go check it out

 

https://youtu.be/Xu0GPo7GkPk

 

 

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The problem with most protest songs is that they are often corny, cheesy often with excruciating, sanctimonious lyrics that make you want to draw your fingernails down an old fashioned blackboard. Then of course there's the nauseating computer graphic video. 

Some, like many here are comedic but they never last. Written and penned in less than 60 minutes, normally to recognizable 3 or 4 chord tunes that were hits from the past, they are just as instantly forgettable.      

 

The good lasting protest songs were done by the likes of Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James etc. - powerful as fuck but probably lost on most people nowadays.  I doubt most people here would know what I was talking about. My dad taught me a lot about music. My fave ever protest song for explosive lyrics, atmosphere, originality was by a guy called Country Joe  singing The Vietnam Song, sung in front of thousands of people.  I realize people my age don't listen to lyrics much  but if anyone can point me in the direction of a better protest song than this, please do so. Nothing I've seen on this thread comes close.  

 

Give me an 'F', give me a 'U' give me a 'C' , give me a 'K' ...what's that spell. Just brilliant.  

 

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24 minutes ago, TheDoctor said:

All the music artists are devil worshipers, so you won’t hear a word from them….

 

Ian Brown is an outspoken hero. 

There's a few others but yes, on the whole, all the big artists are all part and parcel of the System.. 

BC 

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Another Prick in the fall

 

 

We don’t  need no vaccination

 

We don’t  need no health control

 

No dark sarcasm from the demons / big pharma

 

Doctors leave our kids alone

 

Hey doctors, leave our kids alone

 

Don’t succumb to another prick  in  the fall

 

 

 

Paging Roger waters :)

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Thanks for all the tune suggestions. 

 

Hey Ziggy:  YES, Zappa!  Who else writes pernicious in a rock song?   “Moving to Montana soon.  Gonna be a dental floss tycoon…”
Steve C  Thanks for that SubHumans reminder

 

Here’s some others….. Maybe not all “protest songs” but relevant commentary on our current state.

 

Sorry I only do links. or they fix themselves???

 

Patti Smith    People Have the Power
official music video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImKIOeS-uJUe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPR-HyGj2d0

 

Black Sabbath   WAR PIGS    


How about some Bob Marley:
Get Up Stand Up -Bob Marley -with lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7ZzlCP7oAw
Some L7    gr

 

L7 - Pretend We're Dead
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAdlZ2F-fs8&t=224sa

 

L7 — Wargasm  (live)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKVhQ9aXZYE
Some MEGADETH:    {{MUSTAINE!!!!!!!}}
Megadeth - Hangar 18 (Lyrics)t

 

 

Some Bad Religion
American Jesus - Bad Religion - (HD) Lyrics on screen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axK1bhwdKXU
Bad Religion - Suffer (Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f11jk23gA6Y

 


It's been a fun ride through some of my favorite old tunes.   Lupa

 

 

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