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2017-07-30, 18:43
On the centenary of Passchendaele 1917 - where half a million souls died in 3 months - let's start a playlist of the best anti-war songs ...

3 to start:

Sag mir wo die Blumen sind - Marlene Dietrich

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - The Pogues

War - Edwin Starr

2017-07-30, 21:25
War, War, War by Country Joe McDonald. Poems of Robert Service.

2nd-I Ain't Marching Anymore-Phil Ochs

2017-07-31, 00:59
let's start a playlist of the best anti-war songs ...

* Paul Hardcastle -19

Man in a van
2017-07-31, 01:57
"No Man's Land" by Eric Bogle, June Tabor does a good version



2017-07-31, 02:17
Donovan - Universal Soldier


2017-07-31, 16:53
My Country Joe pick would be the obvious one:"Fixin to Die Rag".

My less obvious pick would be The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarkesviile".

Thanks to all who went when they were called, for going, and especially to those who didn't come back in one piece, or at all.

2017-07-31, 17:10
Two more ...

"The Dogs of War" Pink Floyd
"Eve of Destruction" Barry McGuire

2017-08-01, 05:34
If we're going to have Universal Soldier, let's go with the original by the songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Grittier, as befits the theme.


And perhaps, keeping to the Canadian theme, The Fiddle and the Drum by Joni Mitchell.

In a more abstract mode, in terms of anti-war-qualities, I think Imagine by John Lennon fits the bill.

I was surprised at the number of anti-war songs listed in the Wikipedia article on the subject. Hundreds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anti-war_songs

2017-08-01, 06:37
For people interested in Classical one obvious choice is Britten's War Requiem which uses intermingles Latin texts with WWI war poems by Wilfred Owen.

I was a teenager when it it was premiered in 1962 and remember the unique excitement it created at the time.

Incidentally, in the spirit of reconciliation Britten intended that the three soloists for the premier should be Galina Vishnevskaya (Russian), Peter Pears (English) and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (German) but the Soviet authorities stopped Vishnevskay attending.

2017-08-01, 07:27
Dixie Chicks
Travelin' Solider


2017-08-01, 07:57
For No One - Barclay James Harvest


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2017-08-01, 08:31
Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass For Peace

2017-08-02, 08:04
Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Pete Seeger - performed by Peter Paul and Mary

Percival Sweetwater
2017-08-02, 10:45
Vietnam - Jimmy Cliff

Holiday - Green Day

2017-08-02, 12:01
I come and stand at every door
I see it is from Pete Seeger but i know it performed by This Mortal Coil

"I'm only seven although I've died
In Hiroshima long ago
I'm seven now as I was then
When children die they do not grow"

2017-08-02, 16:01
Marvin Gaye. The whole of What's Going On.

2017-08-05, 06:32
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

2017-08-05, 06:35
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Regarding the Sunset Strip curfew riots

2017-08-06, 16:55
Redgum - I Was Only 19 (1983) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urtiyp-G6jY

And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda ~ John Williamson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E22gszljklc

2017-08-10, 03:40
My vote goes to "Welterusten meneer de president" by Dutch singer Boudewijn De Groot (translated lyrics: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Boudewijn_De_Groot:Welterusten_Meneer_De_President/en), notably for the sarcasm-drenched lyrics and the fact that it's one of the very few (the only?) non-english protest songs against the Vietnam war.

Honourable mention goes to:

War Pigs - Black Sabbath
Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel
Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
19 - Paul Hardcastle

and of course, to stay really on topic:

Paschendale - Iron Maiden

EDIT: quite incidentally an anti-war song which deserves an honourable mention as well just got played on the radio at the office:
Non, non, rien a changé - Les Poppys (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Poppys)