Are your favorite political songs on this list?
The hell? “Fight the Power” isn’t on that list? Or, really, anything by Public Enemy?
That’s tough to believe.
It’s “nice” protest music. You know, like Born in the USA!
Closest thing to a hip-hop jam is “killing in the name of”…(grumble) No System Of A Down(grumbles some more)
We Can’t Make it Here Anymore and Cheney’s Toy– James McMurtry
Standing in the Way of Control– Gossip
and a whole lotta others
Black 47 — “James Connolly”
Gil Scott-Heron – B-Movie
Bruce Cockburn – Rocket Launcher, The Trouble with Normal, Waiting for the Moon (and more, I am sure)
Bongwater – * Folk Song
Austin Lounge Lizards – The Ballad of Ronald Reagan, The Drugs I Need, Go Ahead and Die, Bust the High School Students, Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers on Drugs
Neil Young – Ohio, all of Living With War
Two Nice Girls – The Queer Song, For The Inauguration
Tracy Grammer – Hey Ho
Christine Lavin – The Wild Blue
(very sad, great antiwar song)
Dead Kennedys – Kill the Poor
Utah Philips – All Used Up
Randy Newman – Sail Away, Political Science, (and now) Louisiana 1927
Peter Gabriel – Biko
I think that’s enough for a start.
as with political art. it is too ehermoral for me to care, tho bruce cockburn has some nice songs that relate to ronny raygun in central america.
“I don’t want to change the world
I’m not looking for a new England
I’m just looking for another girl”
Putting People on the Moon – Drive-By Truckers
Three Great Alabama Icons/Wallace – Drive-By Truckers
I like all the songs on the list; offhand, one I’d add is Edwin Starr’s “War.”
and not a single mention of Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore?
“Rednecks,” Randy Newman. “Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show…”Good Old Boys is a great concept album.
Bob Dylan, “Political World.”
Mississippi Goddamn by Nina Simone makes Public Enemy sound like Barry Manilow.
I guess all those songs by the Clash were metaphors for personal relationships, or something.
Jet Pilot – Son Volt (Bush specific, but good)
Fortunate Son – CCR
Bless you for the shout-out to John Prine, virgotex. Let’s get ‘Common Sense’ in there too.
“People Get Ready?”
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