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Old 03-29-03, 03:27 PM   #1
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The One and Only War Protest song list...

I've been accumulating a list of war protest songs and ones that are currently starting to come out with the new war going on (not sure if this topic is more relavent to the War Forum or here). I've also included some links here to sites that have MP3 downloads of some of these songs too for those wanting to sample them.

I'll try to update with any additions or corrections that people see fit to recommend. I certainly haven't listened to *all* of these, and therefore could revise some of these selections if some feel otherwise who know the songs.


The AbstractionsWar After War
The AdventuresBroken Land
Afrikaa Bambata & Johnny LydonWorld Destruction
After the FireDer Kommisar
Alabama 3Woody Guthrie
Tariq AliNot in Our Name
Dave Allen and the Electric PurejoyTalk Radio
Alliance of Alternative ArtistsSALT In the Wound
Scott Amendola BandMasters of War
Anti-Flag911 for Peace
Anti-Flag and the DONOTSProtest Song
Audioslave(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Bad ReligionPart III
Bad ReligionSlaves
Joan BaezBlowin' In the Wind
Joan BaezWe Shall Overcome
Banana Fish ZeroMaiden America
Beastie BoysIn a World Gone Mad
Laszlo BeckettWhat to Do
Hugh BirdsallBombs Away Lock and Load
Bitter, Bitter WeeksRevenge
Bindi BlacherDown
Black SabbathChildren of the Grave
Black SabbathWar Pigs
Luka BloomI Am Not at War With Anyone
Jason BoissonneaultHollow Words Before Me
Sonny BonoLaugh At Me
Bonzo Goes to WashingtonFive Minutes
Billy BraggThe Internationale
Billy BraggThe Price of Oil
Jonatha BrookeWAR
Buffalo SpringfieldFor What Its Worth
Buffy Ste. MarieMoratorium (Bring Our Brothers Home)
Buffy Ste. MarieUniversal Soldier
Buffy Ste. MarieBuffalo
Eric Burdan and the AnimalsSky Pilot
Eric Burdan and the AnimalsWe've Got to Get Out of This Place
George W. Bush & Matt RogalskyTwo Minutes Fifty Seconds Silence for the USA
Kate BushArmy Dreamers
The ByrdsDraft Morning
The ByrdsTurn! Turn! Turn!
Clarity [email protected] C*SupremeEvolution
Clarity [email protected] C*SupremeBuddy, Buddy
The CallThe Walls Come Down
Maybelle CarterI Told Them What You're Fighting For
Carter & the Unstoppable MachineBloodsport For All
Johnny CashDrive On
Rosanne CashLicense to Kill
Cat PowerMaybe Not
Cat PowerRockets
Eugene ChadbourneNew New New War War War
ChangeWe Want A Ceasefire
Sharon CheslowThe Body Is A System
ChicagoIt Better End Soon
ChumbawambaJacob's Ladder (Not In My Name)
The Circle JerksCoup D'etat
The ClashThe Call Up
The ClashClampdown
The ClashThe Guns of Brixton
The ClashLondon Calling
The ClashPolice and Thieves
The ClashRock the Casbah
Jimmy CliffVietnam
Bruce CockburnIf I Had a Rocket Launcher
Leonard CohenThe Future
Leonard CohenThe Story of Isaac
ColdcutAtomic Moog
Paula ColeMy Hero, Mr. President
Phil CollinsJust the Way It Is
The Compassionate ConservativesIn the Garden of Eden
Country Joe and the FishFeel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag (Woodstock)
Elvis Costello(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding
Elvis CostelloOliver's Army
Elvis CostelloShipbuilding
The CovenOne Tin Soldier
CranberriesWar Child
CrassNagasaki Nightmare
Creedence Clearwater RevivalBad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater RevivalHave You Ever Seen the Rain?
Creedence Clearwater RevivalFortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater RevivalRun Through the Jungle
Sandra CretuHiroshima/Jonny Wanna Live
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & YoungWooden Ships
Cry of LovePeace Pipe
The CucumbersIllegal
Culture ClubThe War Song
The CureKilling an Arab
Damon & NaomiIn the Morning
Charlie Daniels BandStill in Saigon
Kimya DawsonAnthrax
Dead KennedysHoliday in Cambodia
Dead KennedysStars and Stripes of Corruption
Dead KennedysWe've Got a Bigger Problem Now
Def LeppardGods of War
Iris DementThere's a Wall in Washington
Ani DiFrancoSelf Evident
Digital Cutup LoungeDrop Bush Not Bombs
DionAbraham, Martin and John
DJ DisOrientalistOccident & Emergency
DJ Mix...on Polk/Grove
DJ Shadow & Zach de la RochaMarch of Death
DonovanUniversal Soldier
The DoorsFive to One
The DoorsPeace Frogs
The DoorsThe End
The DoorsThe Unknown Soldier
Drowning PoolBodies
Dave DudleyViet Nam Blues
Duran DuranPlanet Earth
Jesse DyenFreedom Isn't Free Tonight
Bob DylanBlowin' In the Wind
Boy DylanLicense to Kill
Bob DylanSubterranean Homesick Blues
Bob DylanMasters of War
Bob DylanOnly a Pawn in Their Game
Bob DylanThe Times They are a-Changin'
Bob DylanTalkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
Bob DylanWith God On Our Side
Steven EarleJohn Walker's Blues
Earth OperaThe Great American Eagle Tragedy
The EvensOn The Face Of It
FalcoDer Kommisar
Fine Arts MilitiaA Twisted Sense of God
The Five Man Electrical BandSigns
Alan FletcherPerfectly Comfortable
Flying Burrito BrothersMy Uncle
John FogertyViolence is Golden
Frankie Goes To HollywoodTwo Tribes
Michael Franti and SpearheadBomb Da World
Gavin FridayYou, Me and World War Three
Fun<da>mentalRape (Tactic of War)
FunkadelicMaggot Brain
FunkadelicWars of Armageddon
Peter GabrielGames Without Frontiers
Marvin GayeWhat's Goin' On
Ginger TomHey Hey USA
GM BabyzPain of Life
Steve GoodmanBallad of Penny Evans
Grand Funk RailroadPeople, Let's Stop the War
Grand Funk RailroadDon't Let 'Em Take Your Gun
Grand Funk RailroadFreedom is for Children
Grand Funk RailroadGimme Shelter
Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5The Message
Green DayLife During Wartime
Green DayTime in a Wartime (coming soon)
Nanci GriffithBig Blue Ball of War
Guess WhoAmerican Woman
Guns 'n RosesCivil War
GurlfiendSpark of Life
Arlo GuthrieAlice's Restaurant
Merle HaggardOkie from Muskogee
Happy MondaysStep On
Paul Hardcastle19
Harmonious CombustionA Song Of Peace
Haunted HouseThomas Paine
Richie HavensFreedom
Richie HavensHandsome Johnny
Richie HavensThe Times They are a-Changin'
Fran HealyA Beautiful Occupation
Hedgehoppers AnonymousIt's Good News Week
Jimi HendrixAll Along the Watchtower
Jimi HendrixStar Spangled Banner (Woodstock)
Jimi HendrixPurple Haze (Woodstock)
Jimi HendrixMachine Gun
Don HenleyAll She Wants to Do is Dance
Holy Modal RoundersThe Pledge
The Human LeagueThe Lebanon
The Human LeagueLife On Your Own
Pat Humphries and Sandy OpatowCodePINK for Peace
Janis IanSociety's Child
Ice CubeI Wanna Kill Sam
INXSGuns in the Sky
Iron Maiden2 Minutes To Midnight
Jefferson AirplaneVolunteers
Jefferson AirplaneUncle Sam Blues
Jefferson AirplaneWe Can Be Together
Jefferson AirplaneWooden Ships
Billy JoelGoodnight Saigon
Johnny Hates JazzI Don't Wanna Be a Hero
JunoonNo More
JynkzChain of Violence
JynkzWe Don't Want Your War
Kingston TrioWhere Have All the Flowers Gone
Lenny Kravitz and Kazem Al SahirWe Want Peace
Nancy LancyPeace in the World
Tom LehrerSend the Marines
Tom LehrerMLF Lullaby
John LennonGive Peace a Chance
John LennonHappy XMas (War Is Over)
John LennonI Don't Want to be a Soldier
John LennonImagine
John LesterOut of the Clear Blue Sky
Jona LewieStop the Cavalry
Live10,000 years (Peace is Now)
Gary LucasWhip Named Lash
Lynyrd SkynyrdFour Walls of Raiford
MadonnaAmerican Life
Manfred MannWith God On Our Side
The Mark of CainLone Pine
Scott MarshallPrehysteric Man
Dave MatthewsWhen the World Ends
MC FrontalotSpecial Delivery
John McCutcheonDuct Tape
John McCutcheonWe Know War
Barry McGuireEve of Destruction
John MellencampTo Washington
Men at WorkIt's a Mistake
Mental As AnythingApocalypso
Metal ChurchMethod To Your Madness
MetallicaDisposable Heroes
MetallicaFor Whom the Bell Tolls
MetallicaPhantom Lord
MetallicaSeek and Destroy
MetallicaKilling Time
Mexico's MolotovFerocious
George MichaelThe Grave
George MichaelShoot the Dog
Midnight OilMinutes to Midnight
Midnight OilRed Sails in the Sunset
Midnight OilUS Forces
Misinformed ManzerickSuper Patriot
Joni MitchellThe Fiddle and the Drum
Molly HatchetFall of the Peacemakers
Thurston Moore and Mike WattFourth Day of July
Moxy FruvousGulf War Song
Mr. LifHome of the Brave
Ms DynamiteWatch Over Them
Mud FamilyPeace Not War
MudhoneyHardon For War
Napalm DeathArmageddon X 7
NasMy Country
Graham NashOh! Camil (The Winter Soldier)
Graham NashMillitary Madness
Nena99 Luft Ballons
New OrderLove Vigilantes
Nitin SawhneyCold and Intimate
Abraham NormalProtest-1
Leslie NuchowAn Eye for an Eye (Will Leave the Whole World Blind)
Ocean Colour Scene(No) Profit In Peace
Phil OchsCops of the World
Phil OchsDraft Dodger Rag
Phil OchsHere's to the State of Mississippi
Phil OchsI Ain't Marching Anymore
Phil OchsWar is Over
Phil OchsIs There Anybody Here
Phil OchsThere But for Fortune
Phil OchsPower & Glory
1,000 Paper CranesBaghdad Cafe
Operation IvyPlea for Peace
Jim O'RourkePictures of Adolf
Jose-Luis OrozcoPaz y Libertad
Ozzy OsbourneThe Ultimate Sin
OutkastBombs over Baghdad
OutkastThe Whole World
PapercopFinger in the Night
Paradise IslandWe're All Dying
ParisBush Killa
Tom PaxtonLyndon Johnson Told the Nation
Tom PaxtonTalking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues
Freda PayneBring the Boys Home
Pearl JamBushleaguer
PeasantsTake 'Em Out
Persian CarpetsAllah Save Queens
Peter, Paul, and MaryBlowin' In the Wind
Peter, Paul, and MaryIf I Had A Hammer
Peter and Bethany YarrowThe Cruel War
Pilot BeaconRevolution
Pinhead GunpowderLife During Wartime
Pink FloydDogs of War
The Platform"Contrainformacion Sonora" The sound of Tha Police (House Remix)
The Platform"Contrainformacion Sonora" Bush, The New Hitler
The Platform"Contrainformacion Sonora" Bingos de Mierda
Platoon SoundtrackAdagio for Strings
Pok & the SpacegoatsVoices of a Future
Polarity/1Seventy Virgins
President: New Earth EmbassyMusic is the New Politic
Pride and GloryHarvester Of Pain
Pride and GloryHorse Called War
Pride and GloryMachine Gun Man
PrimusToo Many Puppies
John PrineBut Your Flag Decal Won't Get you Into Heaven Anymore
John PrineSam Stone
Thors ProvoniBackroom Boy
Mason ProffitTwo Hangmen
Public EnemyFight the Power
Public EnemyNo Boom Boom
Public EnemySon of a Bush
Rage Against the MachineBulls on Parade
Rainy Day WomanEverybody Must Get Bombed (based on Dylan's "Everybody Must Get Stoned")
The RascalsPeople Got To Be Free
R.E.M.It's the End of the World As We Know It
R.E.M.Orange Crush
R.E.M.The Final Straw
R.E.M.World Leader Pretend
Red GumI was ony 19
Rolling StonesGimme Shelter
Roots ManuvaJuggle Tings Proper
Run D.M.C.It's Like That
SadeWhy Can't We Live Together
SaturnaI've Got A Gun & I'm Gonna Use It On My Friends
Staff Sergeant Barry SadlerBallad of the Green Berets
Pete SeegerWaist Deep in the Big Muddy
Pete SeegerBallad of the Fort Hood Three
Pete SeegerBring 'Em Home
Seize the DayUnited States
Sigue Sigue SputnikLove Missile F1-11
Simon and Garfunkel7 O'Clock News/Silent Night
Simon and GarfunkelSounds of Silence
Simon and GarfunkelScarborough Fair
SlayerBehind the Crooked Cross
SlayerMandatory Suicide
Sleater-KinneyCombat Rock
Slovo21 Today
Stephan SmithBusiness
Stephan Smith, Pete SeegerI Will Not Fight Your War
Sonic YouthYouth Against Fascism
Soylent GringoLet's Start a War
Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the USA
Bruce SpringsteenThe Rising
Edwin StarrWar
Edwin StarrStop the War Now
Cat StevensLady D'Arbanville
Cat StevensPeace Train
Cat StevensPeace Train (newer version coming out)
The StrokesNew York Cops
Sun RaNuclear War
System of a DownA.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
System of a DownBoom!
Talking HeadsLife During Wartime
Steven TaylorGo Down, Congress
The TemptationsBall of Confusion (That's What the World is Today)
10,000 ManiacsBig Parade
The TheInfected
The TheSweet Bird of Truth
Timbuk 3The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
Tone DefBushWhack
Torben & JoMoney is Your Blood
Total WarThis is Total War
John TrudellBombs Over Baghdad
U2Bullet the Sky
U2Sunday Bloody Sunday
UltravoxDancing With Tears in my Eyes
UnderworldUnderneath the Radar
The UnpeopleThe Unpeople
Michael VeitchPledging Allegiance
Voices and Minna BrombergWake Up
Anne WaldmanRogue State
Johnny WarmanScreaming Jets
The WhatRevolution
The WhoWon't Get Fooled Again
WildmanLike a Wave
WilliamsHappy Easter (War is Coming)
Saul WilliamsNot In My Name (DJ Spooky Remix)
Saul Williams and DJ SpookyThe Pledge to Resist
Stevie WonderFront Line
World PartyShip of Fools
XTCLiving Through Another Cuba
Yo La TengoNuclear War
Neil YoungOhio
Neil YoungCortez the Killer
YoungbloodsGet Together
Frank ZappaI Don't Wanna Get Drafted
Tom ZeCompanheiro Bush

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Old 03-29-03, 04:33 PM   #2
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You forgot "Regulate" by Warren G.
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Old 03-29-03, 05:06 PM   #3
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War Child - Cranberries
War Song - Culture Club
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Old 03-29-03, 05:22 PM   #4
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Your Audioslave song was originally done by Elvis Costello.
And when night darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. - Milton
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Old 03-29-03, 05:34 PM   #5
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I have here both the covers and the originals (Elvis Costello is listed). Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" are listed for three different artists. Many of these songs it is worth noting those who perform them as well as who wrote them.

Added War Child and War Song. Thanks.

Help me out with "Regulate". I'm looking at the lyrics and am not seeing the connection to war protest themes. There are many here that referring to war very allegorically or peripherally so, don't want to exclude it if it is relevant.
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Old 03-29-03, 05:37 PM   #6
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Guns N' Roses - Civil War
Metallica - Back to the Front, One and Killing Time.
And when night darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. - Milton

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Old 03-29-03, 05:56 PM   #7
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Scorpio... Added them, thanks. I think "Back to the Front" was actually "Disposable Heroes", correct?
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Old 03-29-03, 07:05 PM   #8
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these are not war songs but there peace songs

operation ivy - plea for peace

anti flag - 911 for peace
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Old 03-29-03, 08:54 PM   #9
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just a joke dude. Regulate is not an anti-war song. It is kick-ass rap song though.
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Old 03-29-03, 09:08 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Scorpio

Metallica - Back to the Front, One and Killing Time.
Metallica - Back to the Front; this song is actually called "Disposable Heroes" and "Killing Time" is a cover, a band called Sweet Savage wrote it originally.

And for what it's worth, many of Metallica's songs are based on and around war, some more directly than others.

...And Justice For All
Disposable Heroes
Phantom Lord
Seek and Destroy
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Creeping Death - historical Egyptian content
Don't Tread on Me

just to name a few

lots of their songs also include many references to oppression and what-not which also ties in to the themes of this war.
They say the devil
lives in my soul
I promise not to let him
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Lenny Kravitz with Kazem Al Sahir -- "We Want Peace"

DJ Shadow & Zach de la Rocha -- "March Of Death"

These might be on your list already..[It's barely readable without some sort of magnifying device..]

BTW...where's the Audioslave version of [What's So Funny 'Bout] Peace, Love and Understanding..?
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Life During Wartime isn't a Green Day song, it's Pinhead Gunpowder. Same lead singer.
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Old 03-30-03, 08:56 AM   #13
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Originally posted by tor_greg
Life During Wartime isn't a Green Day song, it's Pinhead Gunpowder. Same lead singer.
According to this link, Aaron Elliot and Pinhead Gunpowder did the lyrics but Green Day just posted this song to various web sites. I'll put a link for both in here. Also noted that Talking Heads had another title by the same name...
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I was under the impression that "Life During Wartime" is a Talking Heads song....
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On the heavy metal tip, I can think of these:

Slayer, "Mandatory Suicide", from the album "South of Heaven"
Slayer, "Behind the Crooked Cross," from the album "South of Heaven"
Metal Church, "Method to Your Madness," from the album "The Dark"
Iron Maiden, "2 Minutes to Midnight," from the album "Powerslave"
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Wow, an acoustic version of Life During Wartime. It really is a Pinhead Gunpowder tune, though. It's on the album Goodbye, Elston Ave. Thanks for pointing me towards this new version, though.
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john lennon
i dont want to be a soldier

the doors
peace frogs

eric burden
war, spill the wine (?)

grand funk railroad
gimme shelter
people, lets stop the war
freedom is for children
don't let them take your gun

pride & glory
harvester of pain
horse called war
machine gun man

lynyrd skynyrd
four walls of raiford (about a vietnam vet)

cry of love
peace pipe

the byrds
draft morning
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Umm, I'm not very familiar with his work, but it wouldn't surprise me if Cat Stephens has a fair amount of protest songs.
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Umm, I'm not very familiar with his work, but it wouldn't surprise me if Cat Stephens has a fair amount of protest songs.
Cat Stevens is already mentioned here a few times. I've not looked through his work extensively, but his most popular song ("Peace Train") is mentioned here, and it is noted that he is in the process of writing a newer revision of that for today's events.

Cat Stevens does have what some might consider a black eye in his history for his echoing of the Ayatollah's call to take out Salman Rushdie for bad-mouthing Islam in The Satanic Verses, since Cat Stevens had converted to Islam earlier.

Someone let me know if there are some more of his tunes that fit this category.
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