Favorite Vietnam Era War Protest Songs

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  1. LoadToadBoss

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    For those of us who can remember the music of the '60s and early '70s--what was your favorite war protest song. For me it is either "Turn, Turn, Turn" by the Byrds or "The Times They Are a-Changing" by Bob Dylan.
     
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    The Fixin' to die rag by Country Joe and the Fish
     

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    Eve Of Destruction- Barry McGuire
    Not sure if it's considered a protest song, but I liked it.

    [FONT=verdana,arial]The eastern world it is explodin',
    violence flarin', bullets loadin',
    you're old enough to kill but not for votin',
    you don't believe in war, what's that gun you're totin',
    and even the Jordan river has bodies floatin',
    but you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
    ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

    Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
    Can't you see the fears that I'm feeling today?
    If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
    There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
    take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
    and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
    ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

    Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin',
    I'm sittin' here, just contemplatin',
    I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
    handful of Senators don't pass legislation,
    and marches alone can't bring integration,
    when human respect is disintegratin',
    this whole crazy world is just too frustratin',
    and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
    ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

    Think of all the hate there is in Red China
    Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!
    Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
    but when you return, it's the same old place,
    the poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
    you can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace,
    hate your next-door-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace,
    and you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
    you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
    no no you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

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    Great song.
    I saw Country Joe and the fish many times in the late 60's-early 70's, always enjoyed them, although I was never an anti-war protester.
     
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    "Puff the Magic Dragon" -- love the way the military turned the title on its head to name the AC47 gun ship (unofficially, of course). The song has an interesting Wiki article, too. It doesn't call the song a "protest song" but it was from the era so that's why I like it.
     
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    Leavin' On a Jet Plane

    Gimme Shelter
     
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    Ballad of the Green Berets.
     
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    +1.
    Also "fightin side of me"

    Ever notice how the protests stopped when the draft did?
    Change "hell no we won't go! Too: hell no I won't go"

    Anyone who protested during this period has nothing to be proud of that i can see.
     
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    For what it's worth -buffalo springfield. Of course, I first knew it from the Muppets which changed the meaning.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSs4lSYVCKE

    Paint It Black
    Alice's Restaurant Massacree

    Being born after Vietnam, I don't think the songs quite mean the same thing to me though as people who were involved at the time.
     
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    Ballad of The Green Berets (duh) and Eve of Destruction.
     
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    CSN&Y "Ohio"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AvrZCYvVQI

    OHIO

    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We're finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    Four dead in Ohio.

    Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are gunning us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew her
    And found her dead on the ground
    How can you run when you know?

    Gotta get down to it
    Soldiers are gunning us down
    Should have been done long ago.
    What if you knew her
    And found her dead on the ground
    How can you run when you know?

    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We're finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    Four dead in Ohio.
     
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    ...came here to say this..
     
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    This. I remember being in HS and learning about Vietnam in class. I asked my dad what he thought about that period (knowing he was a veteran) and he handed me the Barry Sadler album.
     
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    There was also a spoof of "The Green Berets" , a ghey version called "The Queen Berets". Published in"Soldier of Fortune", no less! Probably written by a SEAL.
     
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    Not a 70's song but a great protest song, Born in the USA.
     
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    Fortunate son of course!