Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

We Shall Overcome

August 3, 2020

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!



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