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Jack Johnson - Anti-War Song

Jack Johnson has a new album this is a song called Sleep Through the Static an anti-war song.




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In The Garden of Eden (war crimes/DC rally mix)


In the Garden of Eden baby,
A tyrant rules the land
Even worse than that ole Osama
And the Taliban...
We wage war in the name of peace
We don't care about our fellow man
The only thing we'll liberate
Is the oil under the sand.

Oh won't you come salute to me
I'm in command...
Your patriotic duty
Is to bomb the Holy Land...
Take out Saddam!

In the Garden of Eden baby
We follow God's command
We don't need a smoking gun
To push forward with our plan
Gonna take out his loyal subjects
Just because we can
And you know what we really want:
All the oil under the sand.

You're shipping out tonight
On my command...
Goodbye to your wife and kids
Let the tears flow free as free as this land,
And blood in the sand.

Here in the Garden of Eden
We've done all we can
You say we're playing games,
We've given in to your demands
Come to Mesopotamia
March into the Promised Land
On the banks of the Tigris
We shall make our final stand

There is no God but Allah
My life is in his hands...
We bow our heads in prayer
As the bombs rain down upon our land
Blood in the sand.

"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" original words/music by Doug Ingle
Copyright (c) 1969 Cotillion Music / Ten East Music / Itasca Music

Jacob's Ladder - Chumbawama


Jacob's ladder Like the Sermon on the mountain says dumber got dumb
Hellfire and brimstone swapped for oil and guns
When we're pushing up daisies we all look the same
In the name of the Father, maybe, but not in my name
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
A million lifetimes left dying in the sun
In the streets down in Whitehall, dogs pickin' at the bones
Nine eleven got branded, nine eleven got sold
And there'll be no one left to water all the seeds you sowed
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
Puppy dog leader sooner or later
We'll dig up your cellar and try you for murder
(Repeats)


Jacob's Ladder (Albumesque)

Jacob's ladder
Like rusty old nails
At the bottom of the sea
Telling no tales
For the good of the Admiralty
You jump when you're told to
Through the open door
And the King of Norway
He's the man you all died for
On this Jacob's Ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's Ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
(Repeats)
A thousand lifetimes
Left standing at the docks
In the bar down in Whitehall
They're sure the boat won't rock
In a file marked 'Secret'
In a drawer kept closed
Nobody wonders
Because nobody knows
About this Jacob's Ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's Ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
(Repeats)
On this Jacob's Ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
(Repeats)
Jacob's Ladder
(Repeats)
O Bulldog Leader, sooner or later we'll dig up the body and try your cadaver
(repeats)

Round 'Em Up And Throw 'Em In

I've been in and out of wars
I've seen the lonely and the bored
They're like cattle in a pen
Round 'em up, throw 'em in
(Repeats)
We don't need mother's washin' hangin' out to dry
When the little things creep
When the big wigs sleep
Man steals it back again
Round 'em up throw 'em in
(Repeats)
We don't need mother's washin' hangin' out to dry
Not so quiet on the Western front
Not so quiet
(Repeats)

Nation of Assholes

Nation of Assholes, Nation of Assholes

I live in a country that's a Nation of Assholes

Idiots and morons, shitheads and jerks

I'm always amazed that anything still works

Flag waving dickheads all up in my face

spouting their bullshit all over the place

I try to ignore them, I try to buck up

But now I just wish that they would shut the fuck up

The oil cartels raise the price as they please

because of these assholes and their damn suv's

With all the pollution and the prices of gas

It all goes to prove they've got their heads up their ass

September 11th hit us like a bomb

Osama attacked us so we captured Saddam

The Iraq occupation makes my teeth gnash

'cause it's not about freedom, it's all about cash

Nation of Assholes, Nation of Assholes

We live in a country thats a Nation of Assholes

Wishing and hoping against all my fears

But then they elected a sphincter with ears.....twice

copyright Disenfranchisedmusic.com 2004(5)

Michael Franti - Bomb The World

Please tell me the reason
Behind the colors that you fly
Love just one nation
And the whole world we divide
You say you're "sorry"
Say, "there is no other choice"
But god bless the people them
Who cannot raise their voice

(chorus)

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace
Whoa we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace


Violence brings one thing
More more of the same
Military madness
The smell of flesh and burning pain
So i sing out to the masses
Stand up if you're still sane!
To all of us gone crazy
I sing this one refrain

(chorus)

And i sing power to the peaceful
Love to the people y'all
Power to the peaceful
Love to the people y'all

Bomb the world (armageddon version)

I don't understand the whole reason why
You tellin' us all that we need to unify
Rally round the flag
And beat the drums of war
Sing the same old songs
Ya know we heard 'em all before
You tellin' me it's unpatriotic
But i call it what i see it
When i see it's idiotic
The tears of one mother
Are the same as any other
Drop food on the kids
While you're murderin' their fathers
But don't bother to show it on cnn
Brothers and sisters don't believe them
It's not a war against evil
It's really just revenge
Engaged on the poorest by the same rich men
Fight terrorists wherever they be found
But why you not bombing tim mcveigh's hometown
You can say what you want propaganda television
But all bombing is terrorism

(chorus)

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace
Whoa we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we can't bomb it into peace

911
Fire in the skies
Many people died
And no one even really knows why
They tellin' lies of division and fear
We yelled and cried
No one listened for years
But like, "who put us here?"
And who's responsible?
Well, there's no debatin'
Cause if they ask me i say
It's big corporations
World trade organization
Tri-lateral action
International sanctions, satan
Seems like it'll be an endless price tag
Of wars tremendous
And most disturbingly
The death toll is so horrendous
So i send this to those
Who say they defend us
Send us into harm's way
We should all make a rememberence that
This is bigger than terrorism
Blood is blood is blood and um
Love is true vision
Who will listen?
How many songs it takes for you to see
You can bomb the world to pieces
You can't bomb it into peace


(chorus)

Power to the peaceful
And i say, love to the people y'all
Power to the peaceful
And i say, love to the people y'all

(chorus)

links for 2007-01-26

War Without End

One year ago today I posted links to half a dozen anti-war songs. Since then I've added approximately 50 songs as well as lyrics and short clips. The page has received over 15,000 visits, an average of some 50 visits each day, and the visits show no sign of decreasing. The situation in Iraq is still volatile. Over 550 Americans have given their lives, not for the weapons of mass destruction we were promised were there, but for ever changing goals. But that was only the beginning, thousands more have been wounded. Many have lost limbs an everyday reminder of the war. And that is just the Americans. Estimates place the Iraqi dead at over 10,000 with tens of thousands more wounded. The infrastructure was devastated and only now are we beginning see signs of progress, but even that is in jeopardy. Civil war is a real possibility, and even though most of the population is happy that Saddam is gone they are not happy we are there. Billions of dollars have been spent and billions more are in the pipeline while our soldiers continue to die and Americans at home continue to live in fear. Not of weapons of mass destruction, but of no health care, no jobs, diminished civil rights, and a president they have learned they can't trust. Our government is now more interested in corporate values than family values. Music can be a powerful reminder of why resistance is still important. If you haven't visited the page lately check it out, listen to a clip or two. Download your favorites and share them with your friends. We deserve more than a war without end.

Shame on you!

The Compassionate Conservatives have added to the growing body of anti-war anti-Bush songs. I particularly like one they call "Another War" probably because it uses the Lennon/McCartney Tune "Drive My Car" and incorporates a portion of Michael Moore's academy award speech "We are against this war, Mr. Bush... Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you!" Thanks to Ruminate This for the link. You can download or listen to the songs at the Compassionate Conservative page in either mp3 or real audio streaming. I've added links to for the mp3 download and the lyrics for all four of their songs on my growing list of anti-war songs. Click on the continue reading for the lyrics to Another War.

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You Wont Hear It On The Radio

"We can chase down all our enemies/Bring them to their knees/We can bomb the world to pieces/But we can't bomb it into peace."—Michael Franti & Spearhead

Voices raised for, against war Recording artists join debate, but some say stations shun protest songs from the Denver Post

Musicians who oppose the war complain that America's corporate-owned radio stations won't make room on the airwaves for dissenting voices, forcing them to find nontraditional outlets for their music. Station playlists published by Radio & Records, a trade magazine, reflect very few of the protest songs available on the Internet

"The giant corporations that own radio have a vested interest in not rocking the boat," said Mike Mills, bassist for the rock band R.E.M. "Thank God for the Internet, because we're fighting against a corporate culture that makes it practically impossible to get a protest song on the air."

Links to anti-war songs

Anti-War Music

I've been downloading anti-war songs over the past few months and recently transferred them to a CD. These have all been converted from mp3 to aiff files playable on any CD. If any of my regular readers would like a copy simply send me an email with your name and address and it will soon be on its way. I'm willing to make twenty-five copies. First come first served, and since I only have 5 or 6 regulars if others would like to send me their names and addresses I'll continue to mail out CDs until I reach twenty-five.


  1. The Price of Oil—Billy Bragg
  2. CodePINK For Peace—Pat Humphries/Sandy Opatow
  3. Bombs Over Baghdad—John Trudell
  4. The Bell—Stephan Smith, Pete Seeger, Mary Harris, Dean Ween
  5. My Hero Mr President—Paula Cole
  6. To Washington—John Mellencamp
  7. Jacobs Ladder—Chumbawamba (not in our name)
  8. Bomb The World—Michael Franti and Spearhead
  9. March of Death—Zack de la Rocha & DJ Shadow
  10. A World Gone Mad...—Beastie Boys
  11. The Final Straw—R.E.M.
  12. We Want Peace—Lenny Kravitz
  13. Life During Wartime—Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
  14. We're the Enemy—The John Kasper Band
  15. Freestyle Live From No Man's Land—Saul Williams (not in our name)
  16. Perfectly Comfortable—Alan Fletcher
  17. Bomb The World (Armageddon Version)—Michael Franti and Spearhead
  18. Bush and Saddam—Everton Blender
  19. Self Evident—Ani di Franco

Music appeals to us on an emotional level and that can be dangerous. If we're moved without thoughtful consideration of the issues involved we can make truly bad decisions. But music can also focus our attention, and reinforce our resolve. It can bring us together in a common effort to make a better world. I believe our nation is embarked on a disastrous course and I will continue to oppose this war. Listening to these songs will serve as a reminder of my responsibility to continue speaking about the reasons for my decision.

Links to Anti-War Song Downloads and Lyrics

Tell Me Why?

REM The Final Straw

As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
As your latest triumph draws the final straw
Who died and lifted you up to perfection?
And what silenced me is written into law.

I can't believe where circumstance has thrown me
And I turn my head away
If I look I'm not sure that I could face you.
Not again. Not today. Not today.

If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected
There's a voice in me that says you will not win.

And if I ignore the voice inside,
Raise a half glass to my home.
But it's there that I am most afraid,
And forgetting doesn't hold.

It doesn't hold. Now I don't believe and I never did
That two wrongs make a right.
If the world were filled with the likes of you
Then I'm putting up a fight. Putting up a fight.
Putting up a fight. Make it right. Make it right.

Now love cannot be called into question.
Forgiveness is the only hope I hold.
And love-- love will be my strongest weapon.
I do believe that I am not alone.

For this fear will not destroy me.
And the tears that have been shed
It's knowing now where I am weakest
And the voice in my head. In my head.

Then I raise my voice up higher
And I look you in the eye
And I offer love with one condition.
With conviction, tell me why.
Tell me why.
Tell me why.
Look me in the eye.
Tell me why.

more anti-war songs

Anti-War Songs

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Last updated: March 12, 2005

I Will Not Fight Your War

Anti-war songs have always been a catalyst for anti-war movements a rallying cry. There were many anti-war songs in the sixties. Here is a modern anti-war song in that tradition written by Stephen Smith and along with Stephen the voice of Pete Seeger. Comments from Seeger, the lyrics and additional comments by Howard Zinn follow. There is also a link to the mp3 at the end. Give it a listen. It transported me back to a time in the 60's when I realized as I do now that war is not the answer.
Anti-war Music by Stephen Smith


The war drums are beating. Many voices for peace are being heard but we need many more. Musicians I've worked with who have passed on would be singing with us today. People like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Phil Ochs, Malvina Reynolds, Richard Farina, and John Lennon.

Down with apathy and up with activism!

Recently I recorded an anti-war song, "The Bell," with a young musician and songwriter named Stephan Smith. I believe these lyrics will inspire you as they did me.—Pete Seeger

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