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    Modern anti-war songs

    What are some good protest songs you've heard in recent times? Seem to be kind of rare these days, even with so many artists siding strongly against the war in Iraq. Many are more of an attack on the Bush admin than the war, maybe inseparable regarding cause and effect, but still not as effective in my view as some of the more poignant (and timeless) songs of the past. And sometimes it isn't even apparent that the new songs were written as anti-war statements.

    Josh Ritter led off his 2006 album Animal Years with a good folky one. Back before the big presidential race got going strong and so much national attention was focused squarely back on the war, "Girl in the War" was a refreshing statement, understated while still expressing anger, a poetic illustration of how our partisan political leaders will spend endless hours and days and years arguing whose fault it is, or whose historical account of the war is more accurate, instead of coming together to find a way out, to stop the senseless loss of life. Full of religious metaphors and moral indignation .... good stuff

    Paul said to Peter you got to rock yourself a little harder
    Pretend the dove from above is a dragon and your feet are on fire
    But I got a girl in the war, Paul, her eyes are like champagne
    They sparkle, bubble over, and in the morning all you got is rain


    http://www.dougrice.net/mp3_JoshRitter_GirlInTheWar.mp3

    BTW, if you like Josh and that song, there's also the somewhat complementary tale "Peter Killed the Dragon" that was on the "Girl in the War" EP, and it's widely available online, including a cool live record store version at youtube, though if you get a chance the live version on the Good Man EP is the best I've heard. Guitar work is much fuller, vocal is perfect, sounds great. Don't think the plastic EP is available for sale, but you can download all or part.
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    I think that I've mentioned this song before. But I can't think of war songs without thinking of Edwin McCain's, Prayer to St. Peter. Its one of the most poignant songs I've ever heard, IMO.

    Prayer To St. Peter

    Let them in, Peter
    For they are very tired
    Give them couches where the angels sleep
    And light those fires
    Let them wake whole again
    To brand new dawns
    Fired by the sun
    Not war-times bloody guns
    May their peace be deep
    Remember where the broken bodies lie
    God knows how young they were
    To have to die

    You know God knows how young they were
    To have to die

    Give them things they like
    Let them make some noise
    Give dance hall bands not golden harps
    To these our boys
    Let them love Peter
    For they've had no time
    They should have bird songs and trees
    And hills to climb
    The taste of summer
    And a ripened pear
    And girls as sweet as meadow wind
    And flowing hair
    And tell them how they are missed
    But say not to fear
    It's gonna be all right
    With us down here

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    My favorite of late is Spark's (Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your County? Starting with an alt. version of our very own National Anthem, the song, which is most definitely longish, just takes of with fairly typical Sparks lunacy. The song rocks though and is the highlight of their last release. I put a copy on my 2006 YEC if there are any that were spared from the landfill : )

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    Awww, this is easy, you're just looking in the wrong genre. Folksy anti-war is so 60's. Its time to get angry.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    My favorite of late is Spark's (Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your County? Starting with an alt. version of our very own National Anthem, the song, which is most definitely longish, just takes of with fairly typical Sparks lunacy. The song rocks though and is the highlight of their last release. I put a copy on my 2006 YEC if there are any that were spared from the landfill : )
    If I was holed up in my presidential palace this song would make me send up the white flag real quick

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    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Clark
    My favorite of late is Spark's (Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your County? Starting with an alt. version of our very own National Anthem, the song, which is most definitely longish, just takes of with fairly typical Sparks lunacy. The song rocks though and is the highlight of their last release. I put a copy on my 2006 YEC if there are any that were spared from the landfill : )
    I liked that comp. Where was 2007?

    Anyway, I like more sarcasm and irony in my post-modern war protest tunage

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    Well, there's always Neil Young....

    Quote Originally Posted by Davey
    What are some good protest songs you've heard in recent times?
    But here's one that doesn't get quite the play it deserves: Is it for freedom? by Sara Thomsen. It was actually written years ago, long before 9/11, to protest American sanctions against Iraq, back when very few people had the guts to stand up to American policy in the Middle East, but it applies to any war, really. Here's the most recent video clip that uses the song (the PG version):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J96q9ICwRY0

    or if you prefer the R rated version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt2rUc1r_MU

    It has some disturbing images contrasted with "patriotic" ones, but I think the one that really brings the point home is where they contrast the military Hummer with the retail one. This speaks directly to the words in her song:

    " Who’s dying for our comfort in this land
    Who pays the cost for the convenience we demand?"

    Interestingly, Clearchannel has mandated that this song be barred from every one of it's stations. Even Sirius and XM won't play it. I think it's because it does more than just make a statement, it asks questions.

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    Scythian Empires, of course.

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    Originally Posted by Troy: She has that same kind of cleft-pallet, slightly retarded way of singing that so many other people find endearing.


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    Here is one straight of the press and out of the pen of Tim Booth.

    Hey Ma
    Now the towers have fallen
    So much dust in the air
    It affected your vision
    Couldn't see yourself clear
    From the fall came such choices
    Even worse than the fall
    There's this chain of consequences
    Within
    Without

    Action cause and reaction
    Never follows to plan
    Black swans on your picnic table
    Knocking over the jam
    Please don't preach me forgiveness
    You're hardwired for revenge
    War is just about business
    Within
    Without

    Hey ma the boy's in body bags
    Coming home in pieces
    Hey ma the boy's in body bags
    Coming home in pieces
    Hey ma the boy's in body bags
    Coming home in pieces
    Coming home in pieces

    War

    The dead live on within us
    (In the atoms we trust)
    Keep your fingers crossed
    We were choking on the smoke and the dust
    And the lives that were lost
    Scratch the surface of liberals
    There's a beast underneath
    Others hiding their Jekylls
    Within
    Without

    Hey ma the boy's in body bags
    Coming home in pieces
    Hey ma the boy's in body bags
    Coming home in pieces

    War

    I can feel the daylight
    I can feel the daylight
    Raining on me
    Raining on me

    © 2008, Chrysalis Music Ltd & Copyright Control, lyrics reproduced by permission; all rights reserved.
    "Let The Earth Bear Witness."

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    Like every song Steve Earle ever writes.

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