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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #135 on: June 04, 2008, 12:55:32 pm »

Kind of sappy, as are many of Phil Lynott's lyrics, but there's just something about the way he sings them that stirs the soul.

'Freedom Song'

Let me tell you the hard luck story
About a man named Jack McDuff
He believed in God and glory
But he just wasn't tough enough

I believe in the freedom song
Long live liberty!
I believe in the freedom song
I'll choose my own destiny

Well they took him and they beat him
Underneath the old hanging tree
Saying, "Jack, you must die"
"What will your last words be?"

Jack, he hung his head back
"Long live liberty!"
"I believe in the freedom song"
"Doesn't matter what you do to me"

With a rope around his neck they left him hanging
High on that old hanging tree
On her knees his wife was screaming
"Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy"

I believe in the freedom song
Long live liberty!
I believe in the freedom song
Doesn't matter what you do to me

Link to song on Youtube:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=upXZedw2Kgs
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #136 on: June 05, 2008, 12:57:50 pm »

Björk - "Declare Independence"
[not my favorite Björk song, music-wise, but I thought some here might appreciate the sentiment]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igOWR_-BXJU

Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you

Start your own currency
Make your own stamp
Protect your language

Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you

[x4] Make your own flag

[x6] Raise your flag

Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you

Damn colonists
Ignore their patronizing
Tear off their blindfolds
Open their eyes

Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you

With a flag and a trumpet
Go to the top of your highest mountain

[x6] Raise your flag

Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don't let them do that to you

Raise the flag
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #137 on: June 05, 2008, 01:21:16 pm »

Hell yeah!  We love Björk !!   :wub:
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #138 on: June 20, 2008, 12:55:17 am »

Mr. Roboto by Styx.
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #139 on: July 09, 2008, 01:27:52 pm »

John Hiatt's Native son


You finally found the mainstream
In the middle of your life
You tapped into a vein
Of endless gold chains
Now you're locked up tight
Tearing down the middle of it
Splitting it right in half
Bobbing up and down the waves
Like a runaway slave
On a Huck Finn raft

CHORUS:
Take your wife
Take your family
Take your gun
Running through the woods
And the burned out neighborhoods
Looking for someone
A member of your tribe
A Place you can hide
'Til the war has begun
'Cause in the fields before the flood
You'll be spilling blood
Like a native son

Where you gonna run to
There ain't no underground
If only you could fly
You'd cut across the sky
Like a rifle round
Oh, who are your people
And where is your homeland
'Cause they're dying side by side
At the river of pride
Where we tried to take a stand

REPEAT CHORUS TWICE

In the fields before the flood
You'll be spilling blood
Like a native son
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #140 on: July 09, 2008, 06:37:00 pm »

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #141 on: August 06, 2008, 08:35:52 pm »

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #142 on: October 06, 2008, 11:29:22 pm »

(Don't know who sings this or what the actual title is...)

Pharaoh he sits in his tow'r of steel
around his feet the princes kneel
far beneath we shoulder the wheel;
We're all workin' for the Pharaoh.

...Tell me brother don't you understand?
We're all workin' for the Pharaoh.



And I also like Leslie Fish's "Pict Song" that Ian mentioned:
"We are the little folk, we,
too little to love or to hate,
but leave us alone and you'll see
how fast we can drag down the state!"

So much good Irish music here.   My whistle is still broken and I haven't the heart to play my flute...  <sigh>
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #143 on: October 07, 2008, 04:06:03 am »

(Don't know who sings this or what the actual title is...)

Pharaoh he sits in his tow'r of steel
around his feet the princes kneel
far beneath we shoulder the wheel;
We're all workin' for the Pharaoh.

Richard Thompson - Pharaoh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPNlzLQnN84 (lyrics exposed by "more info" link)
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #144 on: October 18, 2008, 12:26:56 pm »

Not really rebellion, resistance, or anything.  Just kind of sad, and one of my all-time favorite songs.  I listened to it this morning, for maybe the first time in years.  Sums up the place I've found myself emotionally, all too often, when I was working out in the world.

American Tune - Paul Simon

Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I've often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
but it's all right, it's all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we're traveling on
I wonder what's gone wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it's alright, it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #145 on: October 18, 2008, 12:36:57 pm »

Not really rebellion, resistance, or anything.  Just kind of sad, and one of my all-time favorite songs.  I listened to it this morning, for maybe the first time in years.  Sums up the place I've found myself emotionally, all too often, when I was working out in the world.

American Tune - Paul Simon


That one's always been one of my favorites,  too.  Damn, but those guys wrote some good stuff!   :-)


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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #146 on: October 18, 2008, 07:23:12 pm »

Bring it down, Leslie Fish.


We don't like this world we've made. Bring it down, bring it down.
We'd take a world more free in trade. Bring it down, bring it down.
Risk the fire in the midnight sky,
And the rain of hell when the ashes fly.
Just so long as the generals die! Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.

We don't like the work we do. Bring it down, bring it down.
Nothing useful, safe, or true. Bring it down, bring it down.
Faceless beaurocrats in the hills
Drive us down at the pace that kills.
They get dividends, we get bills! Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.

We don't like society. Bring it down, bring it down.
No one here is really free. Bring it down, bring it down.
Freedom's dream has fallen far.
A million rules have dimmed its star.
We don't like the way we are! Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.

Laws and orders hem us in. Bring it down, bring it down.
Give us our frontier again. Bring it down, bring it down.
Slowly growing deepset rage
Breaks the bars of a paper cage,
'Till the gear wheels disengage! Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.

No reform will save the day. Bring it down, bring it down.
Sweep this garbage all away. Bring it down, bring it down.
Fearless rage and deathless hate
Grow the worse, the more we wait.
To save our planet, smash the state! Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down.
Bring it down, bring it down
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #147 on: November 18, 2008, 01:12:33 pm »

This one kind of sneaks up on you.

"How Can I Keep From Singing" - Enya

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentations
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth
And though the darkness 'round me close
songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that rock I'm clinging
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
how can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear
and hear their death knell ringing
when friends rejoice both far and near
how can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
our thoughts to them are winging
when friends by shame are undefiled
how can I keep from singing?

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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #148 on: December 14, 2008, 06:23:59 pm »

One Tin Soldier - I remember listening to this song on an AM radio when I was eleven or twelve.
http://www.rhapsody.com/-search?query=one%20tin%20soldier&searchtype=RhapKeyword

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.

On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They'd have it for their very own.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom,
"With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there."

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your sword!"
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.
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Re: Favorite Songs of Rebellion, Resistance, and Anti-War Songs
« Reply #149 on: January 17, 2009, 08:25:57 pm »

A nice Irish Song of Eryn Go Brauh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p2g2WuGXwE


I sat within the valley green, I sat me with my true love
My sad heart strove the two between, the old love and the new love
The old for her, the new that made me think on Ireland dearly
While soft the wind blew down the glen and shook the golden barley

'Twas hard the woeful words to frame to break the ties that bound us
But harder still to bear the shame of foreign chains around us
And so I said, "The mountain glen I'll seek at morning early
And join the bold united men, while soft winds shake the barley"

While sad I kissed away her tears, my fond arms round her flinging
The foeman's shot burst on our ears from out the wildwood ringing
A bullet pierced my true love's side in life's young spring so early
And on my breast in blood she died while soft winds shook the barley

But blood for blood without remorse I've taken at Oulart Hollow
And laid my true love's clay cold corpse where I full soon may follow
As round her grave I wander drear, noon, night and morning early
With breaking heart when e'er I hear the wind that shakes the barley

Lisa Gerrard has a haunting voice, almost operatic in quality and well worth the click.
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