We Shall Overcome
I was a teenager in the 60’s – impressionable, rebellious, principled, anti-war, anti-big-government, pro peace, pro freedom, pro equality, a believer in doing what you think is right and a big believer that you are responsible for your own destiny and for your own happiness.
In 2020 – amidst this toxic environment of political ineptitude, rampant nationalism, violence and racism – I remain pretty much of the same mind -although not so impressionable!!
Music and poetry have been a big part of my life – with language being a lifelong passion. Revolution begins with language – and here are 20 songs that meant a lot to me in the 60’s – and still do today – songs of protest, of anger, of fight, of oppression, of inequality, of rage, and yes – of love, hope and optimism.
A reminder that we should all Stand Up and Fight.
A Playlist of Protest:
- The Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire
- It’s Good News Week – Hedgehoppers Anonymous
- Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
- Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
- We Shall Overcome – Joan Baez
- Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan
- The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – Bob Dylan
- I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs
- Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
- Universal Soldier – Buffy Sainte-Marie
- Only A Pawn In Their Game – Bob Dylan
- A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
- Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone
- Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
- Freedom – Richie Havens
- Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
- For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
- Respect – Aretha Franklin
… and one from The Boss in 2001 – America Skin
Let Freedom Ring!