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Where are the protest songs?

Mikhail Liebestein

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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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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.. 


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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


Black Sabbath   WAR PIGS    

How about some Bob Marley:
Get Up Stand Up -Bob Marley -with lyrics
Some L7    gr


L7 - Pretend We're Dead


L7 — Wargasm  (live)
Some MEGADETH:    {{MUSTAINE!!!!!!!}}
Megadeth - Hangar 18 (Lyrics)t



Some Bad Religion
American Jesus - Bad Religion - (HD) Lyrics on screen
Bad Religion - Suffer (Lyrics)


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



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