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Where Have All the Flowers Gone (1955 & 1961) Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?Where have all the flowers gone?Young girls picked them everyone.When will they ever learn?When will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing?Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?Where have all the young girls gone?Gone to young men everyone.When will they ever learn?....Where have all the young men gone, long time passing?...Gone for soldiers everyoneWhen will they ever learn?...Where have all the soldiers gone, long time passing?...Gone to graveyards, everyone.When will they ever learn?...Where have all the graveyards gone, long time passing?...Gone to flowers, everyone.When will they ever learn?...
Just Do It! Think about the music that is currently on the radio/internet. List any songs that you can think of that address social issues that are relevant today.
1960s & 1970s Mr. Schildknecht
I was born by the river in a little tentOh and just like the river I've been running ever sinceIt's been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it willIt's been too hard living but I'm afraid to dieCause I don't know what's up there beyond the sky It's been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will I go to the movie and I go downtown Somebody keep telling me don't hang around It's been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it willThen I go to my brotherAnd I say brother help me pleaseBut he winds up knocking meBack down on my knees Ohhhhhhhhh.....There been times that I thought I couldn't last for longBut now I think I'm able to carry onIt's been a long, a long time comingBut I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will A Change is Gonna Come Sam Cooke (1964)
The eastern world it is explodingViolence flarin, bullets loadinYou're old enough to kill but not for votinYou don't believe in war but whats that gun you're totingAnd even the Jordan River has bodies floatinBut you tell meOver and over and over again my friendAh you don't believeWe're on the eve of destructionDon't you understand what I'm tryin' to sayCan't you feel the fears I'm feelin' todayIf the button is pushed there's no runnin' awayThere'll be no one to save with the world in a graveTake a look around you boyIt's bound to scare you boyCHORUSYeah my blood's so mad feels like coagulatingI'm sitting here just contemplatingI can't twist the truth it knows no regulationHandful of senators don't pass legislationAnd marches alone can't bring integrationWhen human respect is disintegratingThis whole crazy world is just too frustratingCHORUS Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire (1965) Think of all the hate there is in Red ChinaThen take a look around to Selma, AlabamaYou may leave here for four days in spaceBut when you return it's the same old placeThe pounding of the drum the pride and disgraceYou can bury your dead but don't leave a traceHate your next-door neighbor but don't forget to say graceAnd tell me Over and over and over and over again my friendYou don't believeWe're on the eve of destructionMm, no, no, you don't believeWe're on the eve of destruction
Uh! With your bad self! Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! Some people say we've got a lot of malice Some say it's a lot of nerve But I say we won't quit moving until we get what we deserve We have been bucked and we have been scorned We have been treated bad, talked about as just bones But just as it takes two eyes to make a pair, ha Brother we can't quit until we get our share Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! One more time! Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! I worked on jobs with my feet and my hand But all the work I did was for the other man Now we demand a chance to do things for ourselves We're tired of beatin' our head against the wall And workin' for someone else Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud (x4) We're people, we're just like the birds and the bees We'd rather die on our feet Than be livin' on our knees Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud (x4) Say It Loud, I'm Black & I'm Proud – James Brown (1968)
War, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingUh-huhWar, huh, yeahWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingSay it again, y'all War, huh, good GodWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingListen to me Ohhh, war, I despiseBecause it means destructionOf innocent lives War means tearsTo thousands of mothers eyesWhen their sons go to fightAnd lose their lives I said, war, huhGood God, y'allWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingSay it again CHORUS War, it ain't nothingBut a heartbreakerWar, friend only to the undertakerOoooh, warIt's an enemy to all mankindThe point of war blows my mindWar has caused unrestWithin the younger generationInduction then destructionWho wants to dieAaaaah, war-huhGood God y'allWhat is it good forAbsolutely nothingSay it, say it, say itCHORUSWar, it ain't nothingBut a heartbreaker War, it's got one friendThat's the undertakerOoooh, war, has shatteredMany a young mans dreamsMade him disabled, bitter and meanLife is much to short and preciousTo spend fighting wars these daysWar can't give lifeIt can only take it away CHORUS WarEdwin Starr (1969)
I am woman, hear me roarIn numbers too big to ignoreAnd I know too much to go back an' pretend'cause I've heard it all beforeAnd I've been down there on the floorNo one's ever gonna keep me down againOh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of painYes, I've paid the priceBut look how much I gainedIf I have to, I can do anythingI am strong (strong)I am invincible (invincible)I am womanYou can bend but never break me'cause it only serves to make meMore determined to achieve my final goalAnd I come back even strongerNot a novice any longer'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soulCHORUS I am woman watch me growSee me standing toe to toeAs I spread my lovin' arms across the landBut I'm still an embryoWith a long long way to goUntil I make my brother understand I am WomanHelen Reddy (1970) Oh yes I am wiseBut it's wisdom born of painYes, I've paid the priceBut look how much I gainedIf I have to I can face anythingI am strong (strong)I am invincible (invincible)I am womanOh, I am womanI am invincibleI am strongFADEI am womanI am invincibleI am strongI am woman
People movin' out People movin' inWhy, because of the color of their skinRun, run, run, but you sho' can't hideAn eye for an eyeA tooth for a toothVote for me, and I'll set you freeRap on brother, rap onWell, the only person talkin''Bout love thy brother is the preacherAnd it seems,Nobody is interested in learnin'But the teacherSegregation, determination, demonstration,Integration, aggravation,Humiliation, obligation to our nationBall of ConfusionThat's what the world is todayThe sale of pills are at an all time highYoung folks walk around with Their heads in the skyCities aflame in the summer timeAnd, the beat goes on Air pollution, revolution, gun control,Sound of soulShootin' rockets to the moonKids growin' up too soonPoliticians say more taxes willSolve everything Ball of ConfusionThe Temptations (1970) And the band played onSo round 'n' round 'n' round we goWhere the world's headed, nobody knowsJust a Ball of ConfusionOh yea, that's what the world is today Fear in the air, tension everywhereUnemployment rising fast, The Beatles' new record's a gasAnd the only safe place to live isOn an indian reservationAnd the band played onEve of destruction, tax deductionCity inspectors, bill collectorsMod clothes in demand,Population out of handSuicide, too many bills, hippies movin' To the hillsPeople all over the world, are shoutin'End the warAnd the band played on.
Ah, mercy, mercy me,Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no, no.Where did all the blue skies go?Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east.Mercy, mercy me,Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no, no.Oil wasted on the ocean and uponour seas fish full of mercury,Oh, mercy, mercy me.Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no, no, no.Radiation underground and in the sky;animals and birds who live nearby are dying.Oh, mercy, mercy me.Ah, things ain't what they used to be.What about this overcrowded land?How much more abuse from man can she stand? My sweet LordMy sweet LordMy sweet Lord Mercy Mercy Me – Marvin Gaye (1971)
Mother, motherThere's too many of you cryingBrother, brother, brotherThere's far too many of you dyingYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here today - YaFather, fatherWe don't need to escalateYou see, war is not the answerFor only love can conquer hateYou know we've got to find a wayTo bring some lovin' here todayPicket lines and picket signsDon't punish me with brutalityTalk to me, so you can seeOh, what's going onWhat's going onYa, what's going onAh, what's going onIn the mean timeRight on, babyRight onRight on What’s Going OnMarvin Gaye (1971) Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrongOh, but who are they to judge usSimply because our hair is longOh, you know we've got to find a wayTo bring some understanding here today OhPicket lines and picket signsDon't punish me with brutalityTalk to meSo you can seeWhat's going onYa, what's going onTell me what's going onI'll tell you what's going on - UhRight on babyRight on baby