SONG LYRIC SUNDAY:PROTEST SONGS

This  week  Helen Espinosa  at  This  thing  called Life  one  word  at  a time , has  set  us  the  challenge  of  picking  a  protest song  for  Song lyric  Sunday. Helen’s  words  were : “The power of lyrics and how they speak of things that are usually left unsaid leads me to the theme for this week.  There are some crazy things happening in the world right now, and I feel like I’m constantly bombarded with either terrible news or really awful politics.  I feel like speaking out in the form of music.  It can either be a protest song or a song about surviving this crazy thing called life.”

I think  that  this  is  a fabulous  theme for us . Now  I  am going  to  be  naughty  and  pick  two. Both  songs  are  very  strong  in  their  condemnation  of the  state of  the  world  and  war in general.

The  first one  is  Everybodys   Gone  to War , By Narina Pallot  The  track  was on  her 2005 album  Fires  which  is one of  my  favourite  albums, you know  how  some  albums  you just love  every  track . Well this  track  spoke  to me  , don’t  be  fooled  by  the video   just  read  the  words.

NERINA PALLOT LYRICS

“Everybody’s Gone To War”

I’ve got a friend, he’s a pure-bred killing machine
He says he’s waited his whole damn life for this
I knew him well when he was seventeen
Now he’s a man he’ll be dead by ChristmasAnd so, everybody’s going to war
But we don’t know what we’re fighting for
Don’t tell me it’s a worthy cause
No cause could be so worthyIf love is a drug, I guess we’re all sober
If hope is a song, I guess it’s all over
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don’t want to die
I’f God’s on our side, then God is a joker
Asleep on the job, his children fall over
Running out through the door and straight to the sky
I don’t want to die

For every man who wants to rule the world
There’ll be a man who just wants to be free
What do we learn but what should not be learned?
Too late to find a cure for this disease

And so, everybody’s going to war
But we don’t know what we’re fighting for
Don’t tell me it’s a worthy cause
No cause could be so worthy

If love is a drug, I guess we’re all sober
If hope is a song, I guess it’s all over
How to have faith, when faith is a crime?
I don’t want to die
If God’s on our side, then God is a joker
Asleep on the job, his children fall over
Running out through the door and straight to the sky
I don’t want to die
I-I-I-I don’t want to die
I-I don’t want to die

Thanks to Socks for adding these lyrics.

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The  second  track  I  have  picked  is  from Black Sabbath and is  called  War  Pigs. It  a  brilliant  protest song,  dare  I  say Anthem. The  words  are  enough  to  stir  even those  with their  heads stuck six  foot in  the  ground ! Read  the  lyrics  I  dare  you  to ignore  them. The  video is  excellent  too  so  please  watch  and hear  the  strength of  the  lyrics.

BLACK SABBATH LYRICS

“War Pigs”

Generals gathered in their masses,
just like witches at black masses.
Evil minds that plot destruction,
sorcerer of death’s construction.
In the fields the bodies burning,
as the war machine keeps turning.
Death and hatred to mankind,
poisoning their brainwashed minds…Oh lord yeah!Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poorTime will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait `till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning,
ashes where the bodies burning.
No more war pigs have the power,
hand of god has struck the hour.
Day of judgement, god is calling,
on their knees the war pigs crawling.
Begging mercy for their sins,
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings…Oh lord, yeah!

Thanks to shy301, Amanda, kate, elizabeth, Jason Jarnet for correcting these lyrics.

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I hope  you enjoy  and  I  also hope  the  songs  make  you  think  a little  ! Sorry   that  you have  to  follow  the  link  on  War Pigs to  see  the video  but it is  worth it!

This  is  part of  Song Lyric  Sunday Rules  and Pingback  here  and here

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Espinosa
    Jul 24, 2016 @ 21:32:55

    Both songs were brilliant! Love the lyrics to both. War is just so sad and entirely NOT worth it. Thanks, Willow!❤

    Reply

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