Friday Pick Six: A little protest music

Friday, January 20, 2012

With the political race ramping up there is one thing that almost everyone in America has: an opinion. About who should run the country, who shouldn’t?  About who should get married, who should pay taxes, who should be allowed to move here and who should be able to go to school. 

We are still talking about whether someone with cancer deserves health care, whether marijuana will make you become a junkie, whether the lack of family values is ruining America.

We have had even the right wing Christians of the day re-define family values to mean that you can cheat on your wife as long as you’re willing to say it was wrong later, even though you did it again and again.

People really are still unemployed, going without, figuring out whether to pay the light bill or buy gas to look for work. People really are still protesting that things are not okay. We live in a country where it’s still okay to do that without fear of reprisal. 

Whether you’re for or against, or don’t even care- there is probably a protest song that will fit. Here are a pick six of some good ones to ponder on a Friday night:

·         What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
Protesting the war was popular in the 60’s but Marvin was protesting more than that, he was protesting inequality. Have we really fixed that problem in America? “Picket lines and Picket Signs, don’t punish me with brutality…”
·         Minority – Green Day
One of my favorite protest songs, because sometimes I really do want to be the minority- and stand as far away from those in power as I can. “I want to be the minority, I don't need your authority. Down with the moral majority, 'Cause I want to be the minority”
·         Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Some things never change…“Some people are born silver spoon in hand, Lord don’t they help themselves, oh. But when the taxman comes to the door, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes.”
·         Washington Bullets – The Clash
It’s still pretty easy for us to decide when to step in, and when to let things fall apart. I still haven’t figured out exactly how we do that…but it always seems to have something to do with oil. “For the very first time ever, when they had a revolution in Nicaragua, there was no interference from America. Human rights in America, the people fought the leader and up he flew, without Washington bullets what else could he do?”
·         Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
Best version of this song was the live one- where Bono let the world know that his “…God isn’t short of cash, mister.” “I can see those fighter planes, across the mud huts where the children sleep, through the alleys of a quiet city street…and through the walls you hear the city groan, outside is America.”
·         Seeds – Bruce Springsteen
Live in a town where the industry has died up and gone away, where the housing crisis has left you upside down in what you thought would be your forever home. “How many times can you get up after you've been hit?... You ain't gonna find nothin' down here friend. Except seeds blowin' up the highway in the south wind. Movin' on movin' on it's gone gone it's all gone gone gone."

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