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Ten Great Peace Movement Songs

Updated on October 31, 2014
The loss of human life in war conditions goes on as the peace movement continues its efforts against the military industrial complex.
The loss of human life in war conditions goes on as the peace movement continues its efforts against the military industrial complex.

Give Peace A Chance Songs

Long gone are the anti-war protests that were cause for great social conflict in America during the 1960’s. Even longer gone is any semblance of peace movements. With few exceptions, gone are the singers and songwriter willing to be the inspiration to lead the citizens of the world against a raging military industrial complex. With multiple wars to fight in its quest for global domination of a fast disappearing natural resource, America is wrapped up in its insatiable desire to consume all things meaningless.

So wrapped up are we in consumption that we’ve lost our ability to think clearly, to tell our so-called leaders, through protests and movements, how wrong it is to invade and set up a military occupation in foreign lands. With a failed foreign policy, the question is where do the next peace movements begin? Where, and who, are the next great writers that will inspire the sheople to become human beings with the long forgotten ability to think for themselves?

Recording Voices Speak Out

1 - Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” was written in 1962 by a then 21 year old singer-songwriter and is #14 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Where are the voices of today’s comparable 21 year olds? Perhaps a better question is where are today’s comparable 21 year olds?

Peace Conflict

2 - Among all his great hits, John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” became an anthem for the peace conflict associated with the anti war movement, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, making him one of the international peace movement’s leading figures.

Sad Treatment

3 - Everyone remembers Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and her comment regarding the group being “...ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.” Spoken at a concert in London, the words sent shock waves throughout the Republican led establishment and their mindless followers. The pathetic and sad treatment ensued. Blacklisted by the music industry, surviving the insipid threats directed their way, they stood tall.  Then they bounced back with "Not Ready to Make Nice", showing their spine, their talent, and an ability to lead.  Along with another great example of the pen being mightier than the sword.

In Bad Taste

4 - The folk music that is associated with Pete Seeger was once considered “poison” by our government and some of his early work was “in bad taste,” according to Eleanor Roosevelt. Blacklisted by that very government, thanks to a 1957 contempt of Congress indictment, he has proven over and over that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword and just how cowardly fearful our government is of those who can lead through song. Pete Seeger, more of an icon than any elected politician, is the consummate American hero. His "Bring 'em Home" was one of the great pro-peace songs to come out of the Viet Nam era.

Hail To The Chief

5 - Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” delivered the anti-war message in this raw and edgy song that carries its strong message into the 21st century. Hard hitting, the stills in the music video are eloquent in showing the absurdities of war.

Living In A New Bliss

6 - It’s rather ironic that in this country of great freedom we still judge someone on their looks. Or their name. Yusuf Islam, with a longer beard and a long forgotten recording artist name, experienced first-hand the results of our diminished freedoms, thanks to the fear-induced administration at the beginning of the 21st century. Still, with a bag of lemons, he made a lemon pound cake. This new version of "Peace Train" sounds as good today as it did when it first came out.

Already Gone

7 - Dion’s “Abraham, Martin, and John” is a sad reminder of our government’s fear of freedom for the citizens.

What Are We Fighting For?

8 - With a band name derived from leftist politics, Country Joe and the Fish began their protest songs in 1965 and were on the charts by 1967. “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” was one of the great Woodstock performances.

To See You Again

9 - One of Canada’s great talents, Neil Young has been active and vocal in his political and environmental beliefs throughout his career. Overcoming numerous obstacles in his personal life, he is the shining star in leading by example.

The Boss

10 - No stranger to great songwriting and stage presence, Bruce Springsteen has also been a vocal opponent to much of what is wrong in America today, specifically of the Bush administration’s failed policies, an endless list of atrocities. He turns his energy loose in this cover of "War".  

War Footage

It’s a sad day in America that we must go to YouTube in order to find war footage in music videos rather than from within the current version of corporate news programming.  For the most part, reminders of war remain suppressed.

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    • Born2care2001 profile image

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey blue dog, thank you!

      I was a teenager during Viet Nam and frankly was of a different mindset back then; a product of my conditioning, I guess. Today, however, it's a much different story as I have seen, first hand, the ravages of silent, internal and external wars throughout the years. There is also much I haven't seen, as is probably true of many of us for one reason or another.

      Your hub was so well done, although the copyright difficulties for a few of the songs prevented me from seeing them, I still got the message and powerful it is!

      I have learned throughout the years that often it is much harder to live with the consequences of ignorance than it is demonstrate courage for peace, or anything else in which we truly believe, especially in the face of belligerent opposition. (The same reason there is so much violence and gang activity. It's easier to blindly pull the trigger than to consider the consequence and face the retribution of the gang members for not pulling it)

      There is no greater forgiveness than forgiving ones self and no greater torture than reliving the original event without it.

      Thanks again for the reality check, I am truly grateful!

      Rev. B. Stuart Noll

      aka Born2care2001

      (just call me Bruce)

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      8 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes! I really enjoyed listening, and reading your hub. Many of these songs were a bit before my time but I grew up listening to them regardless. Thank you and take care.

    • blue dog profile imageAUTHOR

      blue dog 

      9 years ago from texas hill country

      hi wavegirl,

      thanks for stopping by - happy to hear you enjoyed the music!

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      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Forget loving reading this .. I love every song you picked. . one after the other. . I love this version of "im Not Ready to Make Nice"

      Thanks for sharing. . .big thumbs up!

    • blue dog profile imageAUTHOR

      blue dog 

      9 years ago from texas hill country

      thank you, coldweather! glad you enjoyed it.

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      9 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this!

    • blue dog profile imageAUTHOR

      blue dog 

      9 years ago from texas hill country

      thank you, kartika. it was a tough elimination process.

    • kartika damon profile image

      kartika damon 

      9 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      I love these songs! Great choices! KARTIKA

    • blue dog profile imageAUTHOR

      blue dog 

      9 years ago from texas hill country

      hi ralph,

      thanks for checking back by. i will definitely check out the solomon videos.

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      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great choices. I'll be returning to this Hub to listen to all of them! Check out the YouTube videos on "War Made Easy" by Norman Solomon with narration by Sean Penn. The video of the entire movie is worth watching. And so is reading the book by Norman Solomon. I sent copies of both to Carl Levin.


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