Favorite political songs

Over the years there have been some really good songs about politics. What is your favorite? Here are some of the ones I can think of:

My all-time fave: Johnny Cash - The one on the right is on the left (not only a great listen, but it tells a great story, too; Cash at his best)
XTC - Generals and Majors (great anti-war song with a catchy pop feel)
Reflex - The Politics of Dancing (I always got the feeling this was a song about some radical free thinkers trying to stick it to the man)

And, of course, who can forget:

Schoolhouse Rock - I'm just a Bill

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Man oh man, I can't think of any.

Warren Zevon?

Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this

I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock and the hard place
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck
And I'm down on my luck

Now I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan

People Have the Power

Patti Smith

People Have the Power

I was dreaming in my dreaming
of an aspect bright and fair
and my sleeping it was broken
but my dream it lingered near
in the form of shining valleys
where the pure air recognized
and my senses newly opened
I awakened to the cry
that the people / have the power
to redeem / the work of fools
upon the meek / the graces shower
it's decreed / the people rule

The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power
The people have the power

Vengeful aspects became suspect
and bending low as if to hear
and the armies ceased advancing
because the people had their ear
and the shepherds and the soldiers
lay beneath the stars
exchanging visions
and laying arms
to waste / in the dust
in the form of / shining valleys
where the pure air / recognized
and my senses / newly opened
I awakened / to the cry

Refrain

Where there were deserts
I saw fountains
like cream the waters rise
and we strolled there together
with none to laugh or criticize
and the leopard
and the lamb
lay together truly bound
I was hoping in my hoping
to recall what I had found
I was dreaming in my dreaming
god knows / a purer view
as I surrender to my sleeping
I commit my dream to you

Refrain

The power to dream / to rule
to wrestle the world from fools
it's decreed the people rule
it's decreed the people rule
LISTEN
I believe everything we dream
can come to pass through our union
we can turn the world around
we can turn the earth's revolution
we have the power
People have the power ...

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Creedence Clearwater Revival

Quite a few......Just about my favorite band of all time. Fortunate Son makes me think of Bush and our current lot of Republicans.

Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
Ooh, theyre red, white and blue.
And when the band plays hail to the chief,
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, lord,

It aint me, it aint me, I aint no senators son, son.
It aint me, it aint me; I aint no fortunate one, no,

Yeah!
Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, dont they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It aint me, it aint me, I aint no millionaires son, no.
It aint me, it aint me; I aint no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, lord,
And when you ask them, how much should we give?
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more! yoh,

It aint me, it aint me, I aint no military son, son.
It aint me, it aint me; I aint no fortunate one, one.

It aint me, it aint me, I aint no fortunate one, no no no,
It aint me, it aint me, I aint no fortunate son, no no no,



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Yeah....it's urban legend

It was written in protest about the draft in general.....at least from what I've read.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I still get weepy at this verse of America The Beautiful

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

It might not seem like it from things that I post sometimes, but I love this country. I wouldn't work so hard at this politics thing if I didn't. When I think about "patriot dream" - I think about those men more than two hundred years ago who sat in gatherings like we were in yesterday, in people's homes, or in taverns, and talked about their dreams, their hopes, and they made it happen. (I'm sitting here welling up just thinking about it.) The risks they took!

Maybe someday we will have brotherhood from sea to shining sea. That's my hope. (Linda is getting all squishy now, so she must sign off.)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Abraham, Martin and John

for starters. That was by Dion, I think.

But Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" would be a pretty strong favorite for me.

From "HAIR," just about every song.

Guess I wuz a chile of the sixties all right~

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

A Song of Peace

it's really a great hymn but to me, (and Cindy Sheehan) it also works as a great protest song:

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on clover-leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh, hear my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

Here's a nice video to go with it:

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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