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8 years ago
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If you know any Christmas protest songs, post them here in our Protest Songs Christmas Album.....

8 years ago

Let's start out with one by America's greatest protest singer, Woody Guthrie...

1913 Massacre

http://www.1913massacre.com/song.html

1913 Massacre by Woody Guthrie Take a trip with me in nineteen thirteen To Calumet, Michigan in the copper country I'll take you to a place called Italian Hall And the miners are having their big Christmas ball I'll take you in a door and up a high stairs Singing and dancing is heard ev'rywhere I'll let you shake hands with the people you see And watch the kids dance 'round the big Christmas tree. There's talking and laughing and songs in the air And the spirit of Christmas is there ev'rywhere Before you know it you're friends with us all And you're dancing around and around in the hall You ask about work and you ask about pay They'll tell you they make less than a dollar a day Working their copper claims, risking their lives So it's fun to spend Christmas with children and wives. A little girl sits down by the Christmas tree lights To play the piano so you gotta keep quiet To hear all this fun; you would not realize That the copper boss thug men are milling outside The copper boss thugs stuck their heads in the door One of them yelled and he screamed, "There's a fire" A lady she hollered, "There's no such a thing; Keep on with your party, there's no such a thing." A few people rushed and there's only a few "It's just the thugs and the scabs fooling you." A man grabbed his daughter and he carried her down But the thugs held the door and he could not get out. And then others followed, about a hundred or more But most everybody remained on the floor The gun thugs, they laughed at their murderous joke And the children were smothered on the stairs by the door. Such a terrible sight I never did see We carried our children back up to their tree The scabs outside still laughed at their spree And the children that died there was seventy-three The piano played a slow funeral tune, And the town was lit up by a cold Christmas moon The parents, they cried and the men, they moaned, "See what your greed for money has done?" ©1961 (Renewed) by Fall River Music Inc. All Rights Reserved.
8 years ago
Well, there's the anti-war "So This Is Christmas" by John Lennon, of course.

The next one I'm going to mention is more a protest of a kid against rules about being good for Christmas:

"I'm Gettin' Nothin' For Christmas"

...Mommy and Daddy, are mad.
I'm gettin' nothin' for Christmas
Cuz I've been nothin' but bad.

Nuttin' For Christmas S. Tepper, R. Bennett (c) 1955

I broke my bat on Johnny's head;
Somebody snitched on me.
I hid a frog in sister's bed;
Somebody snitched on me.
I spilled some ink on Mommy's rug;
I made Tommy eat a bug;
Bought some gum with a penny slug;
Somebody snitched on me.

Oh, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm getting nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.

I put a tack on teacher's chair
somebody snitched on me.
I tied a knot in Susie's hair
somebody snitched on me.
I did a dance on Mommy's plants
climbed a tree and tore my pants
Filled the sugar bowl with ants
somebody snitched on me.

So, I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
Mommy and Daddy are mad.
I'm gettin' nuttin' for Christmas
'Cause I ain't been nuttin' but bad.

I won't be seeing Santa Claus;
Somebody snitched on me.
He won't come visit me because
Somebody snitched on me.
Next year I'll be going straight;
Next year I'll be good, just wait
I'd start now, but it's too late;
Somebody snitched on me.

So you better be good whatever you do
'Cause if you're bad, I'm warning you,

You'll get nuttin' for Christmas.


8 years ago
Lyrics for: Happy Christmas (War Is Over) And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and a new one just begun.
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

A very Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one,
Without any fear.

And so this is Christmas, for weak and for strong,
For rich and for poor ones, the road is so long.
And so happy Christmas, for black and for white,
For yellow and red ones, let's stop all the fight.

A very Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one,
Without any fear.

So this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and a new one just begun.
And so happy Christmas, I hope you have fun,
The near and the dear ones, the old and the young.

A very Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one,
Without any fear. 
Anonymous
War is Over- If you want it-
8 years ago
So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear ones The old and the young A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas War is over For weak and for strong If you want it For rich and the poor ones War is over The world is so wrong Now And so Happy Christmas War is over For black and for white If you want it For yellow and red ones War is over Let's stop all the fight Now A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas War is over And what have we done If you want it Another year over War is over And a new one just begun Now And so Happy Christmas War is over I hope you have fun If you want it The near and the dear one War is over The old and the young Now A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear War is over if you want it War is over now So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear ones The old and the young A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas War is over For weak and for strong If you want it For rich and the poor ones War is over The world is so wrong Now And so Happy Christmas War is over For black and for white If you want it For yellow and red ones War is over Let's stop all the fight Now A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas War is over And what have we done If you want it Another year over War is over And a new one just begun Now And so Happy Christmas War is over I hope you have fun If you want it The near and the dear one War is over The old and the young Now A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear War is over if you want it War is over now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f320hSBGadY&mode=related&search=
Wow!
8 years ago

Great minds, do think alike....

You gotta think of John Lennon at Chrisimas time.

Anonymous
8 years ago

Sherrie,

Wow...we must have been posting 'Happy Christmas' at the same time!

If you listen carefully to the Youtube video of Happy Christmas you can hear someone say, "Happy Christmas, Julian."

8 years ago

Absolutely, it has become a tradition with my family that at midnight every Christmas Eve we play John Lennon's Happy Xmas and then play it again to end Christmas day at midnight.  It always brings warmth and goosebumps.

Another great Christmas protest song is the Kinks, "Father Christmas" by the Kinks.  I have it on my homepage video until Christmas if anyone wants to hear/see it.  It's a poor quality video but fun nonetheless.  "Father Christmas give us your money, we don't have time for your silly toys, We'll beat you up if you don't hand it over, Save all your toys, for the little rich boys."  Written during the Reagan/Thatcher era and a song that still needs to be sung.

8 years ago

There was a headline in my newspaper, a year ago, that read "TROOPS REFUSE TO GO ON MISSION". It referred to the 343rd Quartermasters, who refused to go on what they termed a "suicide mission" with inadequately-protected trucks thru unsafe territory. They ended up in the brig; until one called her parents from there, who called their Congressman, who raised a stink, and got them all out of the brig! But, they all got transferred to other separate units, as I heard, to keep them from any more unified protests!

This song I wrote, I sent on the Internet to someone actually a soldier in Baghdad, whose whole unit got into trouble for singing this song! My proudest moment; altho I stopped sending any more songs, or anything, to that person.

"TROOPS REFUSE TO GO ON MISSION"

Troops refuse to go on mission/  Falalalala, la la la la.

It's a suicide expedition/  Falalalala, la la la la.

Don we now our body armor/  Falala lalala la la la.

Oops! they don't supply us till next summer/  Falalalala, la la la la!

---------

This is like in "The Caine Mutiny"/  Falalalala, la la la la.

The whole Command comes under scrutiny/  Falalalala, la la la la.

How're we gonna get out of this mess/  Falala lalala la la la?

Let's bring all troops home by Christmas/  Falalalala, la la la la!

[the song that caused a small mutiny, by BMutiny]

Outrageously, by the way, trucks and vehicles are STILL too-often unprotected, and body armor is STILL in short supply; no-bid contractor Halliburton HAS CONDUCTED THE BIGGEST WAR-PROFITEERING SCAM IN ALL OF WORLD HISTORY; and that's REALLY saying something! They and their subsidiary contractors have not actually supplied the troops with what they contracted to supply them with. That is what this song is REALLY about.

B Mutiny
8 years ago
Refusing to fight is a protest I Guess
8 years ago

The news had come out in the First World War
The bloody Red Baron was flying once more
The Allied command ignored all of its men
And called on Snoopy to do it again.

Twas the night before Christmas, 40 below
When Snoopy went up in search of his foe
He spied the Red Baron, fiercely they fought
With ice on his wings Snoopy knew he was caught.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ring out from the land
Asking peace of all the world
And good will to man

The Baron had Snoopy dead in his sights
He reached for the trigger to pull it up tight
Why he didn't shoot, well, we'll never know
Or was it the bells from the village below.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

The Baron made Snoopy fly to the Rhine
And forced him to land behind the enemy lines
Snoopy was certain that this was the end
When the Baron cried out, "Merry Christmas, my friend"


The Baron then offered a holiday toast
And Snoopy, our hero, saluted his host
And then with a roar they were both on their way
Each knowing they'd meet on some other day.

Christmas bells those Christmas bells
Ringing through the land
Bringing peace to all the world
And good will to man

8 years ago

Wonderful, Snoopy!

Wunderbar, Red Baron!

8 years ago
Oddly enough Snoopy is one of my favorite Chritmas songs. I think ecasue it reminds me there can be peace if everyone said no to killing.
8 years ago

ecasue should be because

I really have to learn to type one of these days.

8 years ago
Political Christmas 
Song Parodies

'Tis the season - Tease their folly!
http://servercc.oakton.edu/~billtong/bnsp/xmas-songs.htmI don't know if there are any anti war songs at this site but it sure is fun to try and sing the ones that at there. And I just can't help myself I just had to share this. I am pretty sure some of you will really appreciate some of the songs. You gotta love em. LOL B Mutiny This will make your day. Fa la la la la la
8 years ago

Well, I'm frustrated, because the most CATCHY title of all, is, "Arrest Those Swarthy Gentlemen", and I can't get the rest of the song to come up!

Well, guess that means I'll have to make my OWN song to go with that title!

"Arrest those swarthy gentlemen, let nothing you dismay;

They might be terrorist bombers, tho it's really hard to say;

On th'other hand they might not be, but there's no other way;

Ohh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,

Oh be safe, my little girl, my little boy.

--------

They say we're less safe than before, tho war is dragging on;

We torture one of them to death, but the bastard has a son;

A son who swears vengeance on us, for all that we have done;

Ohh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,

Oh sleep well, my future soldier girl and boy."

B M T

Anonymous
8 years ago

BMT!!! WOW...Thanks for that!

Charlie G, here you go! Sound quality is not that great but it's fun to watch! 

The Kinks, Father Christmas: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg4OZ1BI7KM

"Have yourself a merry merry christmas
Have yourself a good time
But remember the kids who got nothin
While youre drinkin down your wine"


8 years ago
Thanks, Erin for the early Christmas present and let's hope Father Christmas gives his dad a job 'cause he needs one.
8 years ago
Not a song - but a protest!

Season's greetings.
Andreas G., December 2004

Red velvet, wreaths of green,
golden spheres and twinkling light,
shiny colours can be seen
in the not-so-silent night!

Thick beards worn by thin men
(the adjectives may well be swapped)
playing Santa. In gardens
the lightings mutually being topped!

The air tastes sweet like mulled wine,
vanilla wafers, cinnamon…
Candied apples smell divine:
advent season has begun.

With Christmas carols you are fed,
and Jesus child is for dessert!
We eat joy like gingerbread,
the masses make our stomachs hurt!

Peace and love for all the nation,
the brain is switched to "Christmas" mode,
consumption's giving us temptation,
while elsewhere bombs explode...

Will there be a season cease-fire
for all bombing legions?
Will the daily funeral pyre
halt in all war regions?

No deads on Christmas Eve, please!
Cancel war for just one day!
The next day you may end the peace -
you may also maintain it all the way!

Please let Christmas bombs stay numb -
and just as well in Ramadan
and Rosh Hashanah it were welcome,
Easter, Yom Kippur and then
Christ would finally have reason
to celebrate his birthday!
Mankind would end war season
and give peace headway.

The mulled wine would taste doubly good,
the wafers tasted soft and sweet,
and religion no more like blood!

Christmas? It could be so neat!

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War song
Translated from "Kriegslied" by Matthias Claudius (1740 – 1815)


'Tis war! O God’s angel, fend,
and please interfere!
'Tis war alas! – and I intend
not to be blamed here!

What should I do, if in my sleep,
with grief, and bloody, pale,
the slain as ghosts came to weep,
before me, straight from hell?

If brave men who sought honor, lay
crippled and half dead,
rolled before me in the clay,
and cursed me, death ahead?

If thousand fathers, mothers, brides,
before the war contented,
now poor people, misery all-sides,
over me lamented?

If famine, evil plagues and shroud
gathered friend and foe in graves,
and to my honors they all crowed
down from a corpse, and waved?

What served me honor, gold and land?
They couldn’t make me cheer!
'Tis war alas! – and I intend
not to be blamed here!


8 years ago
1983 was when I first picked up a guitar, and started writing songs ... at that time, I was a member of a small Christian community, and living and working with the disabled and underprivelelged youth ... and I was asked to write something for the Christmas Eve service ... not a protest song as such, but a reminder ...

CHRISTMAS TIME
 by Cran Herlihy
November 1983

Hey, can you hear the angel sing
In this silent night, Oh
Hey, can you see the children smile
Do you know what it is
Do you know? Oh    Oh

If time could take me back to a
Stable small and dark
If time could breathe new life into
The scene of ages past
Show me the manger and reveal to me
The child
Speak to me the angels who sing
Of mercy mild, Oh  Oh

But time just goes on flowing
Rushing ever into now
And meaning has been lost
Among the gilded sacred cows
We share ours gifts and we
Share a meal and we
Watch the children play
And gone from sight is a
Special night 2000 years away Oh Oh

Hey, can you hear the angel sing
In this silent night, Oh
Hey, can you see the children smile
Do you know what it is
Do you know? Oh    Oh

Why do we celebrate the birth of Mary's child?
Why are we gathered here tonight?
Hey, let your loving shine
It's Christmas Time, Oh
Hey, just remember why
It's Christmas Time, Oh Oh Oh

If love is just a measure of heaven
Here on earth
Reflect upon your children as we
Celebrate this birth
Tinsel trees and holly leaves
Dissolve into the past
But Jesus' love and Jesus' blood
A promise that will last

Hey, we can make the angel sing
In this silent night, Oh
Hey, we can share the children's smile
Cos we know what it is, yes we know
Gathered here to celebrate the birth
Of Mary's child
Gathered here to share in Jesus' love
Hey, let your loving shine
Through this Christmas time, Oh
Hey, just remember why
It's Christmas time, Oh Oh Oh.


8 years ago
Every year about this time, I start to feel a little sad ...
to remember where I came from ...
and sometimes, like last year, the sadness becomes
so overwhelming that it gives rise to anger and resentment ...
which I put into words and posted online ...
it's not a song ... but it is a sort of protest, I guess ...



Do you know that Christmas is coming?
With it's message of peace for the world
and everyone begs forgiveness
especially one little girl
who died as she lay where I found her
in her blood, and her puke, in my arms
Just a beautiful child once abandoned
to the streets, where she came to harm
forced into drugs, prostitution
by men in their suits and their cars
who cruised slowly down Hindley Street
or hung around in the bars
to pick up children like her, and like me,
and 'get their rocks off', then go on their way
back home to their families
to spend Christmas Day
 
And God, I know I was lucky
I never took drugs, but escaped
to a place where no one could touch me
not even when being raped
It was Christmas Eve when it happened
when that beautiful girl lay and cried
and begged her mother's forgiveness
and then kissed me once, and then died
I remember her now, every year
when the message of Christmas joy
is heard all around, except on the ground
where died a girl who was loved by a boy
and if you plan to party for Christmas
go ahead, have a wonderful time
but don't ask me to think about you
I'm too busy recalling a crime ...


     for the forgotten ones ...
8 years ago

Not a protest song, but a seasonal children's song of harmony.

                           CHRISTMAS, KWANZAA, HANUKKAH

Merry Christmas, may its spirit touch the land,

May it bring back our compassion and restore our helping hand.

Merry Christmas, may its magic help us see,

There are other great traditions also seeking harmony.

-Chorus

Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah,

In our own ways let us share our hearts.

Happy Kwanzaa, may its spirit touch the land,

may it bring back our compassion and restore our helping hand.

Happy Kwanzaa, may its magic help us see,

There are other great traditions also seeking harmony.

-Repeat Chorus

-Bridge

Each tradition shines a light, to turn the dark away.

If we share the light, we'll find a better way.

Happy Hanukkah, may its spirit touch the land.

May it bring back our compassion and restore our helping hand.

Happy Hanukkah, may its magic help us see,

There are other great traditions also seeking harmony.

-Repeat Chorus

8 years ago
Cran those are  very powerful words and say a whole lot. And it happens too often. On Christmas I always think of victims myself and so does my family. But then again we think of them all year long as well.
Remember this?
8 years ago

Lyrics for: Christmas Song

 Once in Royal David's City
Stood a lonely cattle shed
Where a mother held her baby
You'd do well to remember the things He later said

When you're stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties
You'll just laugh when I tell you to take a running jump
You're missing the point I'm sure does not need making
That Christmas spirit is not what you drink

So how can you laugh when your own mother's hungry
And how can you smile when the reasons for smiling are wrong?
And if I just messed up your thoughtless pleasures
Remember, if you wish, this is just a Christmas song

(Hey, Santa! Pass us that bottle, will you?)  

Jethro Tull....

Listen to it here: 
http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,2666083,00.html

Anonymous
8 years ago

Yes, I remember!

8 years ago
What about the "Do they know it's Christmas?" fundraiser song by Bob Geldoff?
Anonymous
8 years ago

Do They Know It's Christmas  --

Spot the stars in this free -for- all 1985 Band Aid version....let's see, too many to count; Townshend, Geldorf, Bono, Daltry, Bowie, McCartney, Mercury,Elton John....more!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stNGHiscETo&search=culture%20club%20boy%20george%20band%20aid%2080s%20do%20they%20know%20it%27s%20Christmas%20time%20interview


1: It's Christmas time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty
We can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time

2: But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Christmas time it's hard
But when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears
And the Christmas bells that ring
There are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time
Feed the world
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

3: And there won't be snow in Africa
This Christmas time
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time again

BRIDGE:
(Here's to you) raise a glass for everyone
(Here's to them) underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

END: Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas time

Thanks Charlie!

Simon and Garfunkel...
8 years ago

7 O'clock News/ Silent Night 7:49 PM
(P. Simon)

This is the early evening edition of the news.
The recent fight in the House of Representatives was over the open housing
section of the Civil Rights Bill.
Brought traditional enemies together but it left the defenders of the
measure without the votes of their strongest supporters.
President Johnson originally proposed an outright ban covering discrimination
by everyone for every type of housing but it had no chance from the start
and everyone in Congress knew it.
A compromise was painfully worked out in the House Judiciary Committee.
In Los Angeles today comedian Lenny Bruce died of what was believed to be an
overdoes of narcotics.
Bruce was 42 years old.
Dr. Martin Luther King says he does not intend to cancel plans for an open
housing march Sunday into the Chicago suburb of Cicero.
Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogleby asked King to call off the march and the
police in Cicero said they would ask the National Guard to be called out
if it is held.
King, now in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to return to Chicago Tuesday.
In Chicago Richard Speck, accused murderer of nine student nurses, was brought
before a grand jury today for indictment.
The nurses were found stabbed an strangled in their Chicago apartment.
In Washington the atmosphere was tense today as a special subcommittee of the
House Committee on Un-American activities continued its probe into anti-
Viet nam war protests.
Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting
anti-war slogans.
Former Vice-President Richard Nixon says that unless there is a substantial
increase in the present war effort in Viet nam, the U.S. should look forward
to five more years of war.
In a speech before the Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in New York,
Nixon also said opposition to the war in this country is the greatest single
weapon working against the U.S.
That's the 7 o'clock edition of the news,
Goodnight.

Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

     

Updated version...
8 years ago
ADAPTED LYRICS
This is the early evening edition of the news.
The recent fight in the House Of Representatives was over deficit spending
and the burden it puts on future generations.
The brawl brought traditional enemies together but it left the defenders of the
measure without the votes of their strongest supporters.
President Bush originally proposed an outright ban on cutting the deficit
by everyone everywhere but it had no chance from the start
And everyone in congress knew it.
A compromise was painfully worked out in the House Budget Committee.
Today comedian Richard Pryor  died of a heart attack
In the past, he had set himself on fire while freebasing
Later he developed MS
Pryor was 65 years old.
California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, lived up to his name, The Terminator,
When he refused clemency for Crip gang founder, Stanley "Tookie" Williams.
Tookie was executed at 12:30 a.m.  He had been convicted of murdering four people.
In Montreal, more than 150 nations gathered to start formal talks on reducing
greenhouse gases.
An unwilling United States will not take part.
Former President Clinton said the Bush administration is 'flat wrong'
In a speech on Iraq, President Bush guessed that over 30,000 Iraqi people
have been killed by Americans.
He put the number of U.S. self-inflicted deaths at over 2,000
The President ended the speech by inferring that the U.S. is
superior in the eyes of God,
"May God bless you all and may God continue to bless America."
That's the 7 o'clock edition of the KingArthur.com news,
                        Goodnight.
Christmas In Washington
8 years ago

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Anonymous
8 years ago

Steve Earle...that was a great one!  Thanks!

8 years ago
Christmas In Washington
(Steve Earle)
It's Christmastime in Washington
The Democrats rehearsed
Gettin' into gear for four more years
Things not gettin' worse
The Republicans drink whiskey neat
And thanked their lucky stars
They said, 'He cannot seek another term
They'll be no more FDRs'

I sat home in Tennessee
Staring at the screen
With an uneasy feeling in my chest
And I'm wonderin' what it means

Chorus:
So come back Woody Guthrie
Come back to us now
Tear your eyes from paradise
And rise again somehow
If you run into Jesus
Maybe he can help you out
Come back Woody Guthrie to us now

I followed in your footsteps once
Back in my travelin' days
Somewhere I failed to find your trail
Now I'm stumblin' through the haze
But there's killers on the highway now
And a man can't get around
So I sold my soul for wheels that roll
Now I'm stuck here in this town

Chorus

There's foxes in the hen house
Cows out in the corn
The unions have been busted
Their proud red banners torn
To listen to the radio
You'd think that all was well
But you and me and Cisco know
It's going straight to hell

So come back, Emma Goldman
Rise up, old Joe Hill
The barracades are goin' up
They cannot break our will
Come back to us, Malcolm X
And Martin Luther King
We're marching into Selma
As the bells of freedom ring

Chorus

Anonymous
8 years ago

Peace on Earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Bowie and Bing, Little Drummer Boy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b6KjR3OvEw&search=David%20Bowie%20Bing%20Crosby

8 years ago

Thanks Archie for reminding me of the Simon & Garfunkel "Silent Night, 7 O'Clock News" song, it just inspired me to get out my old "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" CD and have a listen to the whole thing.  What a great album/CD and song!  I love the new version as well.  Keeping in the old folk tradition of Woody and the gang of adding new lyrics to old songs.

"Christmas in Washington" also great choice.  I love Steve Earle.  Thanks for the link to Bing and Bowie, Erin, that was always a holiday fave as well.  There is also a great spoof of that song on a comedy record by Bob Rivers.

Another great Christmas song, is "Someday at Christmas" by Stevie Wonder.

Christmas in Falujah...
8 years ago

Christmas in Fallujah
Written by: Jefferson Pepper
CHRISTMAS IN FALLUJAH
c2005 Jefferson Pepper

It’s Christmas in Fallujah, to the victors go the spoils
We came to help the people, it’s not about the oil
I came here to Fallujah with presents in my sack
I bring the gift of freedom through unprovoked attack

That’s not the sound of reindeer up on your roof at night
We’re coming down your chimney with guns and blinding lights
We’re gonna take your husband, I’d like to tell you why
But I can’t speak your language, I’m too overwhelmed to try

But Uncle Sam made a list, he’s checking it twice
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
But sometimes the names, they get mixed up
If we get it right half the time that’s close enough

It’s Christmas in Fallujah, children snuggle in their beds
While the corpses of their parents dance around in their heads
Palaces and bridges, we burned them to the ground
‘Cause someone got a contract to rebuild the whole damned town

It’s Christmas in Fallujah, hear the bells begin to toll
I’m sorry about your mother, she’s somewhere down in the hole
We came here to Falujah to win your hearts and minds
But when we bombed your building your family was inside

Don’t blame it on us soldiers, we’re only doing what we’re told
Never had a spoon of silver, now I’ve got a broken heart of gold
And I’m gonna have to live with all these nightmares that I’ve seen
Never taught to know the difference between Osama and Hussein

But Uncle Sam made a list, he’s checking it twice
He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice
But sometimes the names, they get mixed up
If we get it right half the time that’s close enough

Listen to Christmas in Falujah, by Jefferson Pepper, here:

http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.asp?epk_id=41253




 

8 years ago
What Ever Happened to Peace On Earth
by Willie Nelson

There's so many things going on in the world
Babies dying
Mothers crying
How much oil is one human life worth
And what ever happened to peace on earth

We believe everything that they tell us
They're gonna' kill us
So we gotta' kill them first
But I remember a commandment
Thou shall not kill
How much is that soldier's life worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth


So I guess it's just
Do unto others before they do it to you
Let's just kill em' all and let God sort em' out
Is this what God wants us to do

(Repeat Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

Now you probably won't hear this on your radio
Probably not on your local TV
But if there's a time, and if you're ever so inclined
You can always hear it from me
How much is one picker's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth

But don't confuse caring for weakness
You can't put that label on me
The truth is my weapon of mass protection
And I believe truth sets you free

(Bridge)
And the bewildered herd is still believing
Everything we've been told from our birth
Hell they won't lie to me
Not on my own damn TV
But how much is a liar's word worth
And whatever happened to peace on earth
8 years ago

Here's my version of Woody Guthrie's 1913 Massacre on Youtube:

Thank you Jakki and Archie
8 years ago

I have been enjoying your music on You Tube Archie. And sending links to friends.

We can listen to the song Jakki posted -  http://www.radio4all.net/pub/archive/07.12.04/benfrank101@yahoo.com/1124-1-20040614-wille-whateverhappened.mp3

8 years ago
Gracias, Kathy
8 years ago
Thank-you & your welcome Kathy!
8 years ago
Another nice Christmas song, not a protest song, but one with a good message, is "Christmas Dinner" by Peter, Paul, & Mary.
Thanks to everyone
8 years ago

for making this a Christmas Album to remember. We'll add to it next year, and here's hoping we won't have to be adding more anti-war songs...

In the words of Steve Earle:

Come back Emma Goldman

Rise up old Joe Hill

The Barricades are goin' up

They cannot break our will

Come back to us Malcom X

And Martin Luther King

We're marching into Selma

As the Bells Of Freedom ring

And Come back Woody Guthrie to us now....

"Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon
8 years ago
I'm always stunned by the true story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 (WWI.) That peace would break out in Noman's Land repeatedly, such that soldiers risked being shot for treason/insubordination, is crazy-making ... "The Christmas Truce of 1914 on the Western and Eastern Fronts may well represent the last time that the face of humanity would been seen in what was rapidly becoming the ultimate nightmare of the industrial revolution. The concept of total war would soon replace any outdated notion of chivalry. Originally incorporated as part of the 1996 Christmas theme on the main page, John's lyrics from this 1984 song capture the spirit of that Christmas so many years ago. I thought it best to leave it up for year 'round access, lest we forget its message." http://www.worldwar1.com/sfcitt.htm Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool. Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school. To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here I fought for King and country I love dear. 'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung, The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung Our families back in England were toasting us that day Their brave and glorious lads so far away. I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound Says I, "Now listen up, me boys!" each soldier strained to hear As one young German voice sang out so clear. "He's singing bloody well, you know!" my partner says to me Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more As Christmas brought us respite from the war As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" struck up some lads from Kent The next they sang was "Stille Nacht." "Tis 'Silent Night'," says I And in two tongues one song filled up that sky "There's someone coming toward us!" the front line sentry cried All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's Land With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home These sons and fathers far away from families of their own Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin This curious and unlikely band of men Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night "Whose family have I fixed within my sights?" 'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell Each Christmas come since World War I, I've learned its lessons well That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame And on each end of the rifle we're the same © 1984 John McCutcheon - All rights reserved
8 years ago

I am not sure the words, but it is about a boy who does not have the money to buy his mother christmas shoes to see Jesus...

Anyone know how to find it?

It always makes me cry....

Christmas In The Trenches
7 years ago

Written by John McCutcheon

Performed by Raymond Crooke

7 years ago
Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon My name is Francis Tolliver, I come from Liverpool. Two years ago the war was waiting for me after school. To Belgium and to Flanders, to Germany to here I fought for King and country I love dear. 'Twas Christmas in the trenches, where the frost so bitter hung, The frozen fields of France were still, no Christmas song was sung Our families back in England were toasting us that day Their brave and glorious lads so far away. I was lying with my messmate on the cold and rocky ground When across the lines of battle came a most peculiar sound Says I, "Now listen up, me boys!" each soldier strained to hear As one young German voice sang out so clear. "He's singing bloody well, you know!" my partner says to me Soon, one by one, each German voice joined in harmony The cannons rested silent, the gas clouds rolled no more As Christmas brought us respite from the war As soon as they were finished and a reverent pause was spent "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" struck up some lads from Kent The next they sang was "Stille Nacht." "Tis 'Silent Night'," says I And in two tongues one song filled up that sky "There's someone coming toward us!" the front line sentry cried All sights were fixed on one long figure trudging from their side His truce flag, like a Christmas star, shown on that plain so bright As he, bravely, strode unarmed into the night Soon one by one on either side walked into No Man's Land With neither gun nor bayonet we met there hand to hand We shared some secret brandy and we wished each other well And in a flare-lit soccer game we gave 'em hell We traded chocolates, cigarettes, and photographs from home These sons and fathers far away from families of their own Young Sanders played his squeezebox and they had a violin This curious and unlikely band of men Soon daylight stole upon us and France was France once more With sad farewells we each prepared to settle back to war But the question haunted every heart that lived that wonderous night "Whose family have I fixed within my sights?" 'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war Had been crumbled and were gone forevermore My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell Each Christmas come since World War I, I've learned its lessons well That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame And on each end of the rifle we're the same

© 1984 John McCutcheon - All rights reserved

German and Russian soldiers together on the Eastern front, Christmas 1914.



7 years ago



Subject: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Anonymous
7 years ago

Billy Joel and Cass Dillon

Christmas in Fallujah

The NSA is Coming to Town
10 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8pcWlyUu8U4

Published on Dec 12, 2013

Take Action Now: http://bit.ly/nsaiscomingtotown
The Lyrics:
You better watch out,
You better not Skype,
You better log out,
Yeah you better not type,
The NSA is coming to town.

You're making a list,
They're checking it twice;
They're watching almost every electronic device,
The NSA is coming to town.

They see you when you're sleeping
They hear while you're awake
They know who you call and who you write
So encrypt for goodness' sake!

With Congress in the dark and a cloak-and-dagger court
We're lookin' for answers, they're comin' up short
The NSA is coming to town.

They're making a list,
Checking it twice;
They're watching almost every electronic device,
NSA is coming to town
The NSA is coming to town,
The NSA is coming to town.

Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
9 months ago

by David Rovics:

https://soundcloud.com/davidrovics/christmas-eve-in-bethlehem



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8 months ago

Standing In the Rain

by Sydney Carter as sung by the McCalmans

.

Chorus:

Standing in the rain, knocking on the window,

Knocking on the wndow on a Christmas Day

There he is again, knocking on the window

Knocking on the window in the same old way

.

1. No use knocking on the window

There is nothing we can do, sir

All the beds are booked already

There is nothing left for you, sir

.

2. No use knocking on the window

Some are lucky, some are not, sir

We are Christian men and women

But we're keeping what we've got, sir

.

3. No we haven't got a manger

No we haven't got a stable

We are Christian men and women

Always willing, never able

.

4. Christ the Lord has gone to heaven

One day he'll be coming back, sir

In this house he will be welcome

But we hope he won't be black sir

.

5. Wishing you a merry Christmas

We will now go back to bed, sir

Till you woke us with your knocking

We were sleeping like the dead,sir



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This post was modified from its original form on 01 Feb, 7:10