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What are your favorite 5 socially/politically-charged songs?
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It's amazing the stuff you think to post when you're bored on a Saturday night.....Anyway, here are mine, with snippets from each:


1. Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye

This ain't livin', This ain't livin'
No, no baby, this ain't livin'
No, no, no
Inflation no chance
To increase finance
Bills pile up sky high
Send that boy off to die
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life
Make me wanna holler
The way they do my life



2. White Man in Hammersmith Palais, the Clash

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack
'Cos it won't get you anywhere
Fooling with your guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An' it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution



3. Living for the City, Stevie Wonder

A boy is born in hard-time Mississippi
Surrounded by four walls that ain't so pretty
His parents give him love and affection
To keep him strong moving in the right direction
Living just enough, just enough for the city

His father works some days for fourteen hours
And you can bet he barely makes a dollar
His mother goes to scrub the floor for many
And you'd best believe she hardly gets a penny
Living just enough, just enough for the city



4. Red Hill Mining Town, U2

We'll scorch the earth
Set fire to the sky
We stoop so low to reach so high
A link is lost
The chain undone
We wait all day
For night to come
And it comes
Like a hunter child

I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to
I'm still waiting
I'm hanging on
You're all that's left to hold on to

Love...slowly stripped away
Love...has seen its better day



5. Rat Race, Bob Marley

Some a gorgon-a, some a hooligan-a, some a guine-gog-a
In this 'ere rat race, yeah!
Rat race!
I'm singin' that
When the cat's away,
The mice will play.
Political voilence fill ya city, ye-ah!
Don't involve Rasta in your say say;
Rasta don't work for no C.I.A.
Rat race, rat race, rat race! Rat race, I'm sayin':
When you think is peace and safety:
A sudden destruction.
Collective security for surety, ye-ah!





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  -What are your favorite 5 socially/politically-charged songs? marmar  Sep-25-10 09:56 PM   #0 
  - The Story of Hurricane  safeinOhio   Sep-25-10 09:59 PM   #1 
  - Great song.  H2O Man   Sep-26-10 10:25 AM   #102 
  - That darn Bob Dylan...  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 12:43 PM   #118 
  - instead of picking out songs... I'm picking one artist. Pete Seeger  KittyWampus   Sep-25-10 10:00 PM   #2 
  - Okay- one set of lyrics. Billy Joel's 'The Downeaster Alexa" cause I live here  KittyWampus   Sep-25-10 10:03 PM   #8 
  - I've seen his lobster boat 'Alexa' in the harbor on S.I.  sabrina 1   Sep-26-10 09:08 PM   #132 
  - I'll see that Pete Seeger and raise it a Woody Guthrie  Brother Buzz   Sep-25-10 10:33 PM   #30 
  - Said Pete about his songs back in the day:  XemaSab   Sep-26-10 02:50 AM   #88 
  - Good choice. nt  LWolf   Sep-27-10 07:40 AM   #154 
  - Just one..  sendero   Sep-25-10 10:01 PM   #3 
  - That was a good song.....and I was completely shocked when I first realized Everlast....  marmar   Sep-25-10 10:02 PM   #5 
  - Yup, Everlast is awesome! nt  hendo   Sep-25-10 10:03 PM   #7 
  - omg-that is one of my favorite songs....the video is fantastic  w8liftinglady   Sep-25-10 10:24 PM   #22 
  - I was hooked by that song the very first time I heard it. +10  cherokeeprogressive   Sep-26-10 09:11 PM   #135 
  - Phil Ochs...could be any number of his songs, but this is my favorite  likesmountains 52   Sep-25-10 10:02 PM   #4 
  - I was going to mention "Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends"  Canuckistanian   Sep-25-10 10:06 PM   #9 
  - Anything by Phil.  PSzymeczek   Sep-25-10 10:40 PM   #37 
  - five? How about two?  hendo   Sep-25-10 10:02 PM   #6 
  - Political Science by Randy Newman  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:09 PM   #10 
  - !!  Richardo   Sep-25-10 10:16 PM   #16 
  - The Merry Minuet by the Kingston Trio  PSzymeczek   Sep-25-10 10:58 PM   #53 
  - Been singing that one a lot lately. Awesome song!  classof56   Sep-26-10 09:39 PM   #143 
  - louisiana 1927  pitohui   Sep-26-10 09:21 PM   #140 
  - Ohio - CSNY; Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye; The Call Up - The Clash; ...  WorseBeforeBetter   Sep-25-10 10:12 PM   #11 
  - The Wall (it has to be considered as a singular piece)  DJ13   Sep-25-10 10:15 PM   #12 
  - Harvest for the World - Isley Brothers  Richardo   Sep-25-10 10:15 PM   #13 
  - Buffalo Springfield, 'For What It's Worth'  pinboy3niner   Sep-25-10 10:15 PM   #14 
  - Surprised to learn what inspired it..  Stardust   Sep-26-10 11:55 AM   #114 
  - Long Dark Night by John Fogerty  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:15 PM   #15 
  - BIG Fogerty fan here  pinboy3niner   Sep-25-10 10:27 PM   #24 
     - Love that one too  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:36 PM   #33 
        - Thanks--that was a good performance  pinboy3niner   Sep-25-10 11:03 PM   #58 
           - Great songwriter and performer but a sad life story  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 11:09 PM   #61 
  - Dear Mr. President - Pink  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:17 PM   #17 
  - Dedicated to George Bush...... I loved it. Link below  mfcorey1   Sep-26-10 02:28 AM   #85 
  - Is there a problem with the link in my post?  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-26-10 02:45 AM   #87 
  - This gets my vote!!!  archiemo   Sep-26-10 09:33 AM   #97 
  - Here are a couple of mine  Urban Prairie   Sep-25-10 10:17 PM   #18 
  - Okay, here are a few:  H2O Man   Sep-26-10 10:29 AM   #104 
     - So glad you mentioned Monster by Steppenwolf.  Curmudgeoness   Sep-26-10 04:01 PM   #129 
  - Harrowdown Hill  XemaSab   Sep-25-10 10:17 PM   #19 
  - Reaganomics by D.R.I.  MrSlayer   Sep-25-10 10:18 PM   #20 
  - (1) 'Fight the Power' (Public Enemy); (2) 'Imagine' (John Lennon)  ProgressiveEconomist   Sep-25-10 10:20 PM   #21 
  - Also  PSzymeczek   Sep-25-10 10:52 PM   #50 
  - "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?"  baldguy   Sep-25-10 10:24 PM   #23 
  - Allentown and Born in the USA  iamjoy   Sep-25-10 10:28 PM   #25 
  - Two more good choices  pinboy3niner   Sep-25-10 10:43 PM   #41 
  - Here are a few I like  Lyric   Sep-25-10 10:29 PM   #26 
  - Independance Day is Hannitty's theme song.....  deaniac21   Sep-27-10 12:13 PM   #163 
  - Woody Guthrie - I ain't got no home in this world anymore  CAG   Sep-25-10 10:31 PM   #27 
  - I'll pick five by The Stiff Little Fingers  Wickerman   Sep-25-10 10:32 PM   #28 
  - Megadeth has several I like  Urban Prairie   Sep-25-10 10:32 PM   #29 
  - I love megadeth  proud patriot   Sep-25-10 10:58 PM   #55 
     - Yes!! But I was just a little bit too obsessed with that band in the mid 90s  Urban Prairie   Sep-25-10 11:32 PM   #73 
        - I have all the cds but only one video rusted pieces  proud patriot   Sep-26-10 12:56 AM   #77 
  - My 5  demwing   Sep-25-10 10:34 PM   #31 
  - 5 songs? How about 4 words: Rage Against the Machine.  flvegan   Sep-25-10 10:36 PM   #32 
  - My wife and I attended a RATM concert  Urban Prairie   Sep-25-10 10:52 PM   #49 
  - Sam Stone- John Prine...anti-war to the max  w8liftinglady   Sep-25-10 10:37 PM   #34 
  - One of the saddest songs ever  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:39 PM   #35 
  - +1  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 11:26 AM   #108 
  - First one I thought of.  Dr Morbius   Sep-26-10 09:14 PM   #138 
  - wow just looking at the johnny cash performance of sam stone on you tube yesterday!  pitohui   Sep-26-10 09:26 PM   #141 
  - Working Class Hero - Lennon  NeoGreen   Sep-25-10 10:39 PM   #36 
  - "Working Class Hero" was the first thing that popped into my  Lindsey   Sep-25-10 10:49 PM   #47 
  - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, Union Maid  quiller4   Sep-25-10 10:41 PM   #38 
  - American Idiot by Green Day  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:42 PM   #39 
  - Yep. ..... and When September Ends too.  marmar   Sep-25-10 10:43 PM   #40 
  - Holiday (Green Day)  TBF   Sep-26-10 08:53 AM   #94 
  - Alice's Restaurant. I forget the name of the writer. I think it was a Guthrie.  applegrove   Sep-25-10 10:43 PM   #42 
  - Arlo. (You're obviously a sweet young thing. :-) nt  gateley   Sep-25-10 10:48 PM   #45 
     - I had a summer job on top of a mountain in Lake Louise, Alberta in 1983. One of my workmates  applegrove   Sep-25-10 11:11 PM   #64 
        - Back In the day, we heard it all the time, too! If you like the song you'd probably  gateley   Sep-25-10 11:20 PM   #68 
        - Yes it was a dream job. It was at the Lake Agnes Tea House. I showered every morning in  applegrove   Sep-25-10 11:23 PM   #70 
        - If you stream  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Sep-26-10 12:57 AM   #78 
  - Mosh by Eminem  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:45 PM   #43 
  - The one that's currently going through my head:  gateley   Sep-25-10 10:47 PM   #44 
  - I wore that Spirit album out  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 10:50 PM   #48 
  - ...  gateley   Sep-25-10 10:58 PM   #54 
     - Check this out  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 11:01 PM   #56 
        - Haha! When I was getting the link for Nature's Way Mr. Skin was going through  gateley   Sep-25-10 11:10 PM   #63 
  - Gamma w/Ronnie Montrose did a great cover of #1 on "Gamma 2"  ms liberty   Sep-26-10 07:33 AM   #92 
  - "Know Your Rights" by The Clash  DBoon   Sep-25-10 10:49 PM   #46 
  - ANYTHING by The Clash.  FourScore   Sep-26-10 09:13 PM   #137 
  - For more recent times  tabatha   Sep-25-10 10:52 PM   #51 
  - Where Did America Go has become an anthem for the tea party  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 11:13 PM   #65 
     - oops, I did not know that.  tabatha   Sep-25-10 11:14 PM   #66 
        - I know that  proud2BlibKansan   Sep-25-10 11:23 PM   #69 
  - alrighty then here's mine  proud patriot   Sep-25-10 10:57 PM   #52 
  - Only 5?  boppers   Sep-25-10 11:03 PM   #57 
  - And I forgot  marmar   Sep-25-10 11:04 PM   #59 
  - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man  guruoo   Sep-25-10 11:09 PM   #60 
  - I really wish Gram would have written more political songs. I grew up listeing to Ralph Emory and  Erose999   Sep-26-10 10:26 AM   #103 
  - I only have 2, because I like new songs & I haven't listened to the radio much  KakistocracyHater   Sep-25-10 11:10 PM   #62 
  - Leonard Cohen  Fool Count   Sep-25-10 11:20 PM   #67 
  - Mine too. nt  lostnfound   Sep-26-10 01:56 PM   #124 
  - Ooh! Ooh! It Can't Happen Here - Zappa. nt  gateley   Sep-25-10 11:25 PM   #71 
  - And, another of his...  GoCubsGo   Sep-26-10 10:23 AM   #101 
  - "that's the way" - Zeppelin, "Dear Mr President" - Pink, "War Pigs"  grahamhgreen   Sep-25-10 11:28 PM   #72 
  - I was hopin' someone would throw in that  GreenArrow   Sep-26-10 02:48 PM   #127 
  - Chicago Transit Authority-Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?  Urban Prairie   Sep-26-10 12:01 AM   #74 
  - Gotta plug The Kenedys  pinboy3niner   Sep-26-10 12:04 AM   #75 
  - wow, great story  tabatha   Sep-26-10 12:21 AM   #76 
  - Thanks for the link, tabatha  pinboy3niner   Sep-26-10 01:05 AM   #79 
  - Very cool story. n/t  FourScore   Sep-26-10 09:11 PM   #136 
  - This is fun, here's mine;  Dyedinthewoolliberal   Sep-26-10 01:10 AM   #80 
  - Another entry--Peter, Paul and Mary: The Great Mandala...  pinboy3niner   Sep-26-10 01:24 AM   #81 
  - New Band-- New White Trash  eilen   Sep-26-10 01:40 AM   #82 
  - 1854 Hard Times Come Again No More  grasswire   Sep-26-10 02:09 AM   #83 
  - Those are five great ones!  lovemydog   Sep-26-10 02:13 AM   #84 
  - How about albums instead?  Initech   Sep-26-10 02:38 AM   #86 
  - Monster Hospital by Metric. nt  laundry_queen   Sep-26-10 03:33 AM   #89 
  - John, Keb', Jack, Stevie... I know there are so many more...  sohndrsmith   Sep-26-10 07:04 AM   #90 
  - The Who's Young Man Blues -- its simple, but it still gets me going  aikoaiko   Sep-26-10 07:33 AM   #91 
  - So many to choose from!  redwitch   Sep-26-10 07:47 AM   #93 
  - The Dropkick Murphys -  TBF   Sep-26-10 08:57 AM   #95 
  - 'We can run' by the Dead  MH1   Sep-26-10 08:57 AM   #96 
  - Here's 2: Eve of Destruction by Sgt. Barry Sadler, I'm Not a Number by Bob Seger.  Pathwalker   Sep-26-10 09:49 AM   #98 
  - Old enough to remember Barry Sadler and confuse him with Barry McGuire?  Dr Morbius   Sep-26-10 09:28 PM   #142 
     - Sorry about that. Like I said, I AM old, and yeah, my memory sucks.  Pathwalker   Sep-27-10 09:06 AM   #160 
  - "Folded Flags" by Roger Waters  moriah   Sep-26-10 09:52 AM   #99 
  - Black Sky - Sam Phillips  alfredo   Sep-26-10 10:16 AM   #100 
  - 1.) Elvis Presley - In the Ghetto  Erose999   Sep-26-10 10:49 AM   #105 
  - great thread!!!  Count Olaf   Sep-26-10 10:57 AM   #106 
  - Impressive list, marmar.  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 11:24 AM   #107 
  - OLDIES...but still appropriate with minor lyric changes to #5 ;)  pipi_k   Sep-26-10 11:28 AM   #109 
  - I Ain't a Marchin Any More..... Phil Ochs....  WCGreen   Sep-26-10 11:34 AM   #110 
  - Jackson Browne - "Lives in the Balance"  opiate69   Sep-26-10 11:34 AM   #111 
  - As good as it gets.  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 11:48 AM   #113 
  - Another dozen tunes, just for the hell of it:  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 11:46 AM   #112 
  - In no particular order: Billie Holliday, Strange Fruit; Fishbone, UGLY and Party at Ground Zero;  blondeatlast   Sep-26-10 12:04 PM   #115 
  - Phil Ochs - "I Ain't Marching Any More"  sfpcjock   Sep-26-10 12:09 PM   #116 
  - Neil Young: Let's Impeach the President for Lying  Catshrink   Sep-26-10 12:09 PM   #117 
  - I second that one!  jimlup   Sep-26-10 01:09 PM   #121 
  - Cool thread  JustAnotherGen   Sep-26-10 01:00 PM   #119 
  - So many great songs!! Thanks for a wonderful thread!!  Generic Other   Sep-26-10 01:05 PM   #120 
  - Here's a few-  asdjrocky   Sep-26-10 01:12 PM   #122 
  - Lucky Dube  tabatha   Sep-26-10 01:30 PM   #123 
  - BYOB by System of a Down  BluePatriot   Sep-26-10 02:00 PM   #125 
  - Woody Guthrie  GreenArrow   Sep-26-10 02:47 PM   #126 
  - Stones - Gimme Shelter, Young - Ohio, and everything by Rage Against The Machine  TonyMontana   Sep-26-10 02:49 PM   #128 
  - Here are some of my suggestions:  Curmudgeoness   Sep-26-10 08:15 PM   #130 
  - "We Can't Make It Here", James McMurtry (link)  Atticus   Sep-26-10 08:46 PM   #131 
  - Yes. James McMurtry is terrific, but under-rated, IMO.  saltpoint   Sep-26-10 09:09 PM   #133 
  - Bye Bye, Miss American Pie.  FourScore   Sep-26-10 09:09 PM   #134 
  - The offspring - LAPD  Juche   Sep-26-10 09:18 PM   #139 
  - Natural Man - Lou Rawls  Radical Activist   Sep-26-10 09:40 PM   #144 
  - the wind in my heart the dust in my head (3 to add and not exactly 3 obscure ones either!)  pitohui   Sep-26-10 09:49 PM   #145 
  - You Haven't Done Nothin' - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised -- Be Ever Wonderful.......  DeSwiss   Sep-27-10 03:15 AM   #146 
  - Christy Moore - No Time for Love  sweetloukillbot   Sep-27-10 03:49 AM   #147 
  - Whitey on the moon. Gil Scott-Heron.  Scuba   Sep-27-10 04:41 AM   #148 
  - Lovely thread  malaise   Sep-27-10 05:15 AM   #149 
  - My favorite Fred Small song  Jim Lane   Sep-27-10 07:03 AM   #150 
  - Agree, Jim Lane. Fred Small gets it done.  saltpoint   Sep-27-10 07:34 AM   #152 
     - Yes, "Heart of the Appaloosa" is a great one.  Jim Lane   Sep-27-10 12:02 PM   #162 
  - Black Eyed Peas  voteearlyvoteoften   Sep-27-10 07:25 AM   #151 
  - Five that immediately come to mind, in no particular order:  LWolf   Sep-27-10 07:40 AM   #153 
  - From the looks of your lists, LWolf, I'd say you have  saltpoint   Sep-27-10 07:42 AM   #155 
     - I was nursed on protest music growing up.  LWolf   Sep-27-10 08:12 AM   #157 
        - Good parenting, healthy child.  saltpoint   Sep-27-10 08:19 AM   #158 
  - Only one comes to mind. Jimi Hendrix Experience - If 6 Was 9  NNN0LHI   Sep-27-10 07:51 AM   #156 
  - Blowin' in the Wind/Dylan, A Change is Gonna Come/Sam Cooke,  peekaloo   Sep-27-10 08:25 AM   #159 
  - We've Got A Bigger Problem Now -- Dead Kennedys  Iggo   Sep-27-10 09:22 AM   #161 
 

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