Category: ‘Anti War Wednesday’

Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

September 6, 2006 Posted by fairviewsue


How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?

Yes, ‘n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

This song was written by Bob Dylan in 1963 to protest political thinking and decision making at the time. It has since become an all time classic song of peace. When you think of all of the armed conflicts around the world, all of the dead from these conflicts, and all of the needless hate towards people for no particular reason. None of it makes any sense. When will it all end? As Bob Dylan says, “The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.”

This is the first song I think of when I hear about another conflict in the world.

Listen to it here.

For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

August 30, 2006 Posted by fairviewsue


There’s something happening here

What it is ain’t exactly clear

There’s a man with a gun over there

Telling me I got to beware.

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I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.

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There’s battle lines being drawn

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from behind.

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I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.

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What a field-day for the heat

A thousand people in the street

Singing songs and carrying signs

Mostly say, hooray for our side.

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It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.

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Paranoia strikes deep

Into your life it will creep

It starts when you’re always afraid

You step out of line, the man come and take you away.

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We better stop, hey, what’s that sound

Everybody look what’s going down.

Stephen Stills wrote this song about a series of riots protesting the draft in late 1966 in Southern California’s Sunset Strip. Although there is no draft today, the song is still quite relevant as an anti war classic. You can listen to it here.

“Ohio” by Neil Young

August 23, 2006 Posted by fairviewsue

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 cutting 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 cutting 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.
Four dead in Ohio.
Four dead in
Ohio.

On May 4, 1970, four students were shot dead and nine were injured by the National Guard during a demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio. One of them, Jeffrey Miller, was the closest to the guard at almost a football field away. He had also just graduated from one of the two high schools in my school district. I remember sitting in my Jr. high class when his shooting was announced and my first thought was, “There is no reason that couldn’t be me in a few years when I go to college.”

All the students looked at eachother with pain in their eyes and we all stood and left the class room. All of the schools in our district were closed because of teacher/student walkouts. I quickly found my twin in the hall, and we proceeded to walk the four miles to Jeffrey’s high school with most of the other students. A demonstration was in full gear there. Black arm bands were handed to us. The press was there. It was all very upsetting and a bit scary.

College students were getting tear gassed just for protesting an immoral war in which our boys were being sacrificed to a stupid domino theory that had just spread to Cambodia. Now students were getting killed. It had just gone too far.

This song by Neil Young gelled the whole deal for me. I hope you like it. Listen to it here.


“War” by Edwin Starr

August 16, 2006 Posted by fairviewsue

War! – huh- yeah-
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Uh-huh

War! – huh – yeah-
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y’all

War! – huh – good God
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me…

Ohhh… War! I despise
Because it means destruction’
Of innocent lives

War means tears
to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
and lose their lives

I said – War! Huh – Good God y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

War! Whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me…

War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War! Friend only to the undertaker
War! It’s an enemy to all mankind
The thought of war blows my mind

War has caused unrest in the younger generation
Induction then destruction-
Who wants to die?

Ohhh… War – Good God Y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it, Say it, Say it

War! Uh-huh – Yeah – Huh!
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me…

War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War! It’s got one friend, that’s the undertaker
War has shattered many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled bitter and mean
Life is much to precious to spend fighting wars these days
War can’t give life, it can only take it away

War! Huh – Good God y’all
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

War! Whoa, Lord
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Listen to me…

War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker
War! Friend only to the undertaker
Peace Love and Understanding;
tell me, is there no place for them today?
They say we must fight to keep our freedom
But Lord knows there’s got to be a better way

War! Huh – Good God y’all
What is it good for?
You tell me
Say it, Say it, Say it

War! Huh – Good God y’all
What is it good for?
Stand up and shout it.
Nothing!

This song was number 1 on the pop charts in 1970. Download it free here. If you’ve never heard it, you absolutely must. It is a classic.

The Vietnam War was the first televised war. Every night, there it was in your living room (in living color). Dan Rather, or whatever anchor for whatever station you watched, was in the jungle reporting on today’s skirmishes and the US and native casualties along with the gruesome images, some of which have become historic and haunting. I am amazed at how different the war in Iraq is as far as television coverage. Perhaps that is why no one is motivated to protest the carnage on both sides as happened across our nation during the Vietnam War.

Edwin Starr 1942 – 2003 R.I.P.