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    Passchendaele 1917 - best anti-war tracks

    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 ...

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    Sag mir wo die Blumen sind - Marlene Dietrich

    And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - The Pogues

    War - Edwin Starr
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    best album imo

    War, War, War by Country Joe McDonald. Poems of Robert Service.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by castalla View Post
    let's start a playlist of the best anti-war songs ...
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    "No Man's Land" by Eric Bogle, June Tabor does a good version


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    Donovan - Universal Soldier

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    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".

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    Two more ...

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

    https://youtu.be/zYEsFQ_gt7c


    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
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    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.
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