Songs about war since 1963

The following short list tells us that our world has not changed for the better, and there is still a need to advocate for peace.

In 1963, Bob Dylan released “Blowin’ in the Wind” and this day we still ask, “how many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry? and “how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?”

In 1969, John Lennon released “Give Peace a Chance“. It became an anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s. In 1971, he released “Imagine” and we’re still hoping that there’ll be “nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.”

In 1987, White Lion released “When the Children Cry“. In early 2003, just before the beginning of the Iraq War, it was covered by a Christian indie rock group. This day, how can we let the children of Aleppo “know we tried”? When will “the children sing” so that “the new world begins”, one where “we all can live with love and peace”?

In 1990, Guns N’ Roses released “Civil War” and “still the wars go on as the years go by, with no love of God or human rights”. Poignantly, they asked “D’you wear a black armband when they shot the man who said, “Peace could last forever.””

In 2003, The Black Eyed Peas released “Where Is The Love?” which is more relevant now than ever as “we still got terrorists here livin’ in the USA, the big CIA, The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK”, where there’s only “love for your own race”.

This year, SIA released “The Greatest” – a tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting. The video featured 48 young children and youths trapped in a cage, who were freed by the main dancer, Maddie Ziegler. However, their freedom was short-lived as everyone falls to the ground in the end. The call to have stamina and hope in the face of adversity relates to all who have suffered under injustice, terrorism and war.


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