Favourite peace songs

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Favourite peace songs
G. Muffin

Youngbloods.  Can't remember the name of the tune.

G. Muffin

Polunatic2 wrote:

The Youngbloods - "Get Together"

Thank you.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

John Lennon's Imagine comes to mind immediately.


And there is a Russian Children's song that I am particularly fond of. The chorus goes like this (in Angliski):

May there always be sunshine,

May there always be blue sky,

May there always be mama,

May there always be me.


In Russian, it's like this ...


Пусть всегда будет солнце,
Пусть всегда будет небо,
Пусть всегда будет мама,
Пусть всегда буду я!

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radiorahim radiorahim's picture

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzPShrawxLc][color=blue]The Partisan Song[/color][/url]

Song of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, performed in Yiddish by Paul Robeson in Moscow in 1949.

It's a song of resistance and redemption, without which peace is impossible.

You can find some historical notes and an English translation [url=http://www.eilatgordinlevitan.com/vilna/vilna_pages/vilna_stories_glik.h....


Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant Massacree

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son

The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)


When The Lights Go On Again


Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son


I like this song too, but it's more about the class war than about peace.


al-Qa'bong wrote:

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son

I like this song too, but it's more about the class war than about peace.

Some folks are born

made to wave the flag

ooh the red, white and blue

and when the band plays "Hail to the Chief"

ooh they point the cannon at you.

Some folks inherit "Star Spangled" eyes

ooh they send you down to war

and when you ask them, "How much should we give?"

ooh they only answer, "More, more, more more."

Definitely, there is the class differences.

There is also the inequity of the draft and LBJ's escalation of the Vietnam War.

- Like Harpo's escalation of Canada's military engagement in Afghanistan.


Thanks for all those contributions. Keep 'em coming. 

Hollies - He Ain't HeavyHe's My Brother

Not exactly a peace song but it's a song about a soldier in Nam who refused to leave his wounded buddy behind despite being ordered to do so by the commanding officer. 

Scott Piatkowski Scott Piatkowski's picture

Elvis Costello (via Nick Lowe)

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ1ZQ99pKbY&feature=related](What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding[/url]


Another by Eric Bogle:  No Man's Land

And Judy Small:  Mother's, Daughters, Wives

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The World Turned Upside Down, Leon Rosselson

In 1649
To St. George's Hill,
A ragged band they called the Diggers
Came to show the people's will
They defied the landlords
They defied the laws
They were the dispossessed reclaiming what was theirs

We come in peace they said
To dig and sow
We come to work the lands in common
And to make the waste ground grow
This earth divided
We will make whole
So it will be
A common treasury for all

The sin of property
We do disdain
No man has any right to buy and sell
The earth for private gain
By theft and murder
They took the land
Now everywhere the walls
Spring up at their command

They make the laws
To chain us well
The clergy dazzle us with heaven
Or they damn us into hell
We will not worship
The God they serve
The God of greed who feed the rich
While poor folk starve

We work we eat together
We need no swords
We will not bow to the masters
Or pay rent to the lords
Still we are free
Though we are poor
You Diggers all stand up for glory
Stand up now

From the men of property
The orders came
They sent the hired men and troopers
To wipe out the Diggers' claim
Tear down their cottages
Destroy their corn
They were dispersed
But still the vision lingers on

You poor take courage
You rich take care
This earth was made a common treasury
For everyone to share
All things in common
All people one
We come in peace
The orders came to cut them down



I like the Diggers Song a lot and perform it sometimes.  My favourite Canadian "peace song" is James Keelaghan's Kiri's Piano.





Of all of Kiri Ito's joys, the thing she loved the best
Was to play her prized piano when the sun had gone to rest
I used to hear the notes drift down along the silent water
As Kiri played the notes and scales for her dear sons and daughters
Now me I played piano though not as good as Kiri
She went in for that long haired stuff but my she played it pretty
The old piano had a tone would set my heart to aching
It always sounded sweetest though when it was Kiri playing

In December when the seventh fleet was turned to smoke and ashes
The order came to confiscate their fishing boats and caches
And Kiri's husband forced to go and work in labour camps
And Kiri left alone to fend and hold the fort as best she can
But the music did not drift as often from up the cove at Kiri's house
And when it did it sounded haunted played with worry played with doubt
For Kiri knew that soon she too would be compelled to leave
And the old upright would stay behind and Kiri she would grieve

I loaded Kiri on the bus with stoic internees
The crime that they were guilty of was that they were not like me
And if I was ashamed I didn't know it at the time
They were flotsam on the wave of war they were no friends of mine
I went up to Kiri's house to tag all their belongings
And set them out for auctioneers who'd claim them in the morning
One piece that I thought I'd keep and hold back for myself
Was that haunting ivory upright that Kiri played so well

But Kiri had not left it there for me to take as plunder
She'd rolled it down onto the dock and on into the harbor
That old upright in strangers' hands was a thought she couldn't bear
So she consigned it to the sea to settle the affair
So many years have come and gone since Kiri's relocation
I look back now upon that time with shame and resignation
For Kiri knew what I did not that if we must be free
Then sometimes we must sacrifice to gain our dignity
Yes Kiri knew what I did not that if we must be free
Then sometimes we must sacrifice to gain our dignity



I just heard The Flying Burrito Brothers My Uncle last year and the lyrics are great, a nostalgic song for the freedom loving Vancouver that has been under assault as of late.


I rather liked A Perfect Circle's Emotive where they covered a number of classics and I think included one or two orginials.

This is the track list:

1. Annihilation

2. Imagine

3. Peace Love and Understanding

4. What's Going On

5. Passive

6. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie

7. People are People

8. Freedom of Choice

9. Let's Have A War

10. Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum

11. When the Levee Breaks

12. Fiddle and the Drum

Giving respect to the origional performers I have to admit there were one or two song that didn't quite fit APC's tone and didn't translate too well. There were others that I felt were quite exceptional.

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture



Here's a few more:


We Don't Stop / Michael Franti & Spearhead

Feed The Hungry / The Pop Group

We want peace / Lenny Kravitz

War Again / Oingo Boingo

Might Makes Right / Camper Van Beethoven

(We don't need this) Fascist groove thang / British Electric Foundation

Where is the Love / Black Eyed Peas

Scarecrow People / XTC


Polly B Polly B's picture

John Prine - Your Flag Decal (Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore).


and of course, Sam Stone.


Here's a couple of unlikely ones suggested to me on the subway today by a peacenik friend:

Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees

.... 'Cause I'm leavin' in the morning

And I must see you again
We'll have one more night together
'Til the morning brings my train.
And I must go, oh, no, no, no!
Oh, no, no, no!
And I don't know if I'm ever coming home....

Galveston - sung by Glen Campbell - Spanish-American War
Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run



I think there was a certain feeling of dread among my generation that nuclear war was a possibility. This was a silly song and a lot of young people I knew were asking what the words meant when it first played on radio. Eventually one or two of us figured it out.


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Hold on to your balloons, Nena.


Here's to the State of Mississippi, by Phil Ochs.

And here's to the cops of Mississippi
They're chewing their tobacco as they lock the prison door
Their bellies bounce inside them when they knock you to the floor
No they don't like taking prisoners in their private little war
Behind their broken badges there are murderers and more
Oh, here's to the land you've torn out the heart of
Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of





You know, jrose, it isn't exactly a "peace song", but reading the lyrics, I can hear Phil Ochs' voice singing that song, and tears come to my eyes. So I guess what I'm saying is, thanks.



This thread is a babble war-free zone. Kiss




The Clash - The Call Up


The Exploited - Army Life

Bob Marley - Trench Town Rock

Ken Burch

How Will I Ever Be Simple Again-Richard Thompson

Oh she danced in the street with the guns all around her
All torn like a rag doll, barefoot in the rain
And she sang like a child, toora-day toora-daddy
Oh how will I ever be simple again
She sat by the banks of the dirty grey river
And tried for a fish with a worm on a pin
There was nothing but fever and ghosts in the water
Oh how will I ever be simple again
War was my love and my friend and companion
And what did I care for the pretty and plain
But her smile was so clear and my heart was so troubled
Oh how will I ever be simple again
In her poor burned-out house I sat at her table
The smell of her hair was like cornfields in May
And I wanted to weep and my eyes ached from trying
Oh how will I ever be simple again
So graceful she moved through the dust and the ruin
And happy she was in her dances and games
Oh teach me to see with your innocent eyes, love
Oh how will I ever be simple again
Oh how will I ever be simple again


and STOP THE CAVALRY, by Jona Lewie

(This was a hit recored in the UK at Christmas 1980.  I just discovered it a few weeks ago).


Hey, Mr. Churchill comes over here
To say we're doing splendidly
But it's very cold out here in the snow
Marching to and from from the enemy
Oh, I say it's tough, I have had enough
Can you stop the cavalry?

I have had to fight, almost every night
Down throughout these centuries
That is when I say, oh yes, yet again
Can you stop the cavalry?

Mary Bradley waits at home

In the nuclear fall-out zone
Wish, I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love

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Wish, I was at home for Christmas

Bang, that's another bomb on another town
While Luzar and Jim have tea
If I get home, live to tell the tale
I'll run for all presidencies
If I get elected I'll stop,
I will stop the cavalry

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Wish, I was at home for Christmas

Wish I could be dancing now
In the arms of the girl I love
Mary Bradley waits at home
She's been waiting two years long

Wish, I was at home for Christmas


Ken Burch

Here's an examples of two antiwar songs with polar opposite sensibilities:

Peter, Paul and Mary's version of Pete Seeger's "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?"



And in an entirely different mood, Patrick Sky's version of Dave Van Ronk's "Luang Prabang".


Ken Burch

Richie Havens' "Handsome Johnny"

(Co written by Louis Gossett Jr)


And Tom Waits' "The Day After Tomorrow"



An impressive contemporary artist, [url=http://www.kseniyasimonova.com/]Ukraine's Kseniya Simonova does animation in sand[/url] and done to music.