What's your favorite anti-war song?!

You pick the music on the show! All next week we will be playing anti-war songs on the Thom Hartmann Program and we want to hear from you! What is your favorite anti-war song of all time? Can't pick just one? Post all of your favorite anti-war and peace songs here on this blog and listen all next week for your song! Thank you so much and remember, get out there and get active! Tag You're It!


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Lucas Lammott 6 years 37 weeks ago

You guys HAVE to play: "Ohio" by CSNY!!!

And let's not forget Mr. Anti War himself... Neil Young and his song "Love and War off his newest album "LaNoise".

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Henry Sipes 6 years 37 weeks ago

AGAINST ME! - White People For Peace


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Henry Sipes 6 years 37 weeks ago

DEAD KENNEDYS - We've Got A Bigger Problem Now (California Uber Alles)

Last call for alcohol.
Last call for your freedom of speech.
Drink up. Happy hour is now enforced by law.
Don't forget our house special, it's called a Trickie Dickie Screwdriver.
It's got one part Jack Daniels, two parts purple Kool-Aid,
and a jigger of formaldehyde
from the jar with Hitler's brain in it we got in the back storeroom.
Happy trails to you. Happy trails to you.

I am Emperor Ronald Reagan
Born again with fascist cravings
Still, you made me president

Human rights will soon go 'way
I am now your Shah today
Now I command all of you
Now you're going to pray in school
I'll make sure they're Christian too

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

Ku Klux Klan will control you
Still you think it's natural
Nigger knockin' for the master race
Still you wear the happy face

You closed your eyes, can't happen here
Alexander Haig is near
Vietnam won't come back you say
Join the army or you will pay

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

Yeah, that's it. Just relax.
Have another drink, few more pretzels, little more MSG.
Turn on those Dallas Cowboys on your TV.
Lock your doors. Close your mind.
It's time for the two-minute warning.

Welcome to 1984

Are you ready for the third world war?!?
You too will meet the secret police
They'll draft you and they'll jail your niece

You'll go quitely to boot camp
They'll shoot you dead, make you a man
Don't you worry, it's for a cause
Feeding global corporations' claws

Die on our brand new poison gas
El Salvador or Afghanistan
Making money for President Reagan
And all the friends of President Reagan

California Uber alles
Uber alles California

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Jeannieco 6 years 37 weeks ago

Bullet The Blue Sky by U2

This live version includes snippets of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" and "These are the Hands That Built America" listen to the whole clip!


Sorry for the multiple posts, I have so many anti war songs...I can't pick just one! This whole set during U2's Vertigo tour was very moving and very anti war. They started the set with Love and Peace or Else/Sunday Bloody Sunday/Bono's speech about Co-existence and his headband with the symbols/Bullet the Blue Sky and Running to Stand Still with the Declaration of Human Rights scrolling in the background read by Aung San Suu Kyi and then the gorgeous Hallelujah's in to Pride in the Name of Love. It's the most moving song set list and really speaks to the anti-war movement. Check it out utube or U2's Vertigo Tour Dvd live from Chicago. It's amazing!

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kim 6 years 37 weeks ago

Peace Will Come Words and Music by Tom Paxton

Peace will
Peace will come
And let it begin with me

We need
We need peace
And let it begin with me

Oh, my own life is all I can hope to control.
Oh, let my life be lived for the good,
Good of my soul.
Let it bring

Sweet peace
Peace will come
And let it begin with me


Lives In The Balance lyrics
Songwriters: Browne, Jackson;

I've been waiting for something to happen
For a week or a month or a year
With the blood in the ink of the headlines
And the sound of the crowd in my ear

You might ask what it takes to remember
When you know that you've seen it before
Where a government lies to a people
And a country is drifting to war

And there's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who send the guns
To the wars that are fought in places
Where their business interest runs

On the radio talk shows and the TV
You hear one thing again and again
How the U.S.A. stands for freedom
And we come to the aid of a friend

But who are the ones that we call our friends
These governments killing their own?
Or the people who finally can't take any more
And they pick up a gun or a brick or a stone
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/j/jackson-browne-lyrics/lives-in-the-balance... ]

There are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

There's a shadow on the faces
Of the men who fan the flames
Of the wars that are fought in places
Where we can't even say the names

They sell us the president the same way
They sell us our clothes and our cars
They sell us every thing from youth to religion
The same time they sell us our wars

I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why
They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are
But they're never the ones to fight or to die

And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

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Alejandra Vernon 6 years 37 weeks ago

Jackson Browne "Lives in the Balance"


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parsons04 6 years 36 weeks ago

More Dylan tunes......"A Hard Rain's aGonna Fall" , "With God On Our Side" .

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parsons04 6 years 36 weeks ago

Rod Stewart's version of "Seems Like a Long Time"

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smithscott 6 years 36 weeks ago

Draft Dodger Ray - Phil Ochs

Penny Ryan 6 years 36 weeks ago

"With God On Our Side". written by Bob Dylan.

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thboardop 6 years 36 weeks ago

Hey Guys Great Show by the way.love the bumpers and j. d.,someother anti war faves not to forget, Find the cost of freedom, c s n y, 4 way street. Machine Gun , Jimi Hendrix / Buddy Miles from the live , new years eve Band of Gypsys concert. U 2s third recorded aibum , War, is totally anti war, that penatrating snar drum and words from the start of Sunday Bloody Sunday always gets me going. thanks guys ,Captain J.

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thboardop 6 years 36 weeks ago

Ha ha thanks Dad! We will have to get you your own login on here.... :-)

****Just a quick update for everyone... We pushed back the anti-war music week until next week to give everybody more time to post their favorites! So don't worry, you are still picking our music all next week! Just post your favorite anti-war songs here on the blog and listen all next week for your tune!

- Jacob

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RagingLefty21 6 years 36 weeks ago

Masters of War by Bob Dylan

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
’Til I’m sure that you’re dead

Copyright © 1963 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991 by Special Rider Music

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Zero G 6 years 36 weeks ago

Not yet mentioned -

Handsome Johnny - Ritchie Havens

Uncle Sam Blues - Hot Tuna

Universal Soldier - Buffy St. Marie

Buy a Gun For Your Son - Tom Paxton

Johny Newman - Tom Paxton

I Declare War is Over - Phil Ochs

White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land - Phil Ochs

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UhClem 6 years 36 weeks ago

So many of my favorites were posted already, but in the interest of making this as complete as possible --

Phil Ochs: I ain't marching anymore


Red and Gold, written by Ralph McTell, performed by Fairport Convention


Mrs. McGrath, traditional, performed by Dubliners


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Jeannieco 6 years 36 weeks ago

What are we fighting for? Tyrone Wells


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truffula tuft 6 years 36 weeks ago

The Neville Brothers have a great version of "With God on Our Side"

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Zero G 6 years 36 weeks ago

Johhny I Hardly Knew Ye - Trad. Irish

Come Away Melinda - Weavers, Judi Collins, Uriah Heep...Ah

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amgernert 6 years 36 weeks ago

The Chant has Begun - Level 42

the spirit of the people
the spirit of the people
the spirit of the people
the rhythm has begun ...

old men with their protocol
lead us off to war
sometimes we don't even know
what we're fighting for
marching to the beat of their drum

leaders we no longer trust
told too many lies
the promises they made to us
were never realised
hear me now the chant has begun

nowhere left to turn
no-one left to turn to
voices raised in anger
they don't have the answer
our whole world's in danger

oil slicks on the ebbing tide
progress out of hand
blind men choke on swallowed pride
heads down in the sand
don't wanna see the damage they've done

trees destroyed by acid rain
falling from the skies
when our children place the blame
who will tell them why
hear me now the chant has begun

why is love so rare
all this talk of warfare
voices raised in anger
they don't have an answer
pass the word along
we can wait no longer
too much blind destruction
follow love's instructions
now the chant has begun


make your choice there's no escape
add your voice, the chant has begun

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NancyVB 6 years 35 weeks ago

Masters of War by Bob Dylan.

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hubcap3 6 years 35 weeks ago

Your Flag Decal Won't get you into heaven anymore - John Prine

Sam Stone - John Prine.

Saw these already posted but since John Prine is this country's greatest lyricist, thought I'd put in another vote for both of these great songs

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FisherCat 6 years 35 weeks ago

Morning Dew by Bonnie Dobson best known as covered by the Grateful Dead

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stuckinarut 6 years 35 weeks ago

Solidarity forever by Pete Seeger

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magic59 6 years 35 weeks ago

One of my favorite "peace" songs is Get Together by the Youngbloods. By the way, this is one of the songs on a memo that Clear Channel Communications sent to its 1200 radio stations right after 9-11. The memo was a list of songs that Clear Channel called "lyrically questionable". In other words, how can we drum up a war when our stations are playing peace or anti war songs.

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Herzogen 6 years 35 weeks ago

Favorite antiwar songs? Easy. From the Chad Mitchell Trio oeuvre, there's "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" and "Draft Dodger Rag" but my favorite is "The Battle Hymn of the Republic Brought Down to Date" with the following lyrics by Mark Twain:

Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger's wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
His night is marching on.

I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!"

We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;*
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!

In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom—and for others' goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
Our god is marching on.


Singing this during the Bush years would probably have landed the singer in Gitmo!

Also there are the classics from Eric Bogle, recorded by June Tabor: "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" and "No Man's Land." As the last verse says "Did you really believe that this war would end wars?" Gutting.

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cjulun 6 years 35 weeks ago

Mr. Hartmann,

I recommend "Day After Tomorrow" by Linda Thompson.

Beebe's Kid 6 years 35 weeks ago

Heard Somebody Say by Devandra Banhart

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Nancy Phillips 6 years 35 weeks ago


(Ain't Gonna Let Nobody) Turn Me Around by Joan Baez

Album title, "From Every Stage" Produced by David Kershenbaum

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Jo Ellen 6 years 35 weeks ago

War by Edwin Starr

"War" by Edwin Starr.

War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!!

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pwolfe 6 years 35 weeks ago

"Bring Em Home" from Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" album. Amazon has the mp3 download for 99 cents. Bring 'em home!

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jchimi64 6 years 35 weeks ago

How about "Profit in Peace" by Ocean Colour Scene?

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PLSzymeczek 6 years 35 weeks ago

The War is Over - Phil Ochs

The Merry Minuet - Kingston Trio

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy - Pete Seeger

Universal Soldier - Buffy Sainte-Marie

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winters1459@sbc... 6 years 35 weeks ago

CCR Share th Land

Magonista 6 years 35 weeks ago

The Internationale!

I think with the Labor movement growing these days it is time to reclaim this song for real liberatory workers' struggles!

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janesinger 6 years 35 weeks ago

Lay it Down, Walk Away, an anti-war anthem was written at the height of the war in Iraq by my brother James Singer. After a long battle with cancer this brave man and songster passed away two years ago. He assembled a body of four anti-war songs.

Please consider this one.


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prefect1@sbcglo... 6 years 35 weeks ago

Fixin' to Die Rag, Country Joe

Masters of War, Bob Dylan

Ohio, CSN&Y

maleki9 6 years 34 weeks ago

Song: Hero of War

Artist: Rise Against


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jbfoster06@gmail.com 6 years 34 weeks ago

"Rest in Peace" - Extreme

Let's talk of peace,
Sounds so cliche
A novelty,
Catch phrase of the day
Middle, index,
Sign of the time
Just as complex,
As water to ...

Someone said
Give peace a chance
And, that's all that we're saying
While we're sitting
On the fence
Our hearts are in the right place
But, your face
Shows a trace of,

Don't tread on me,
Now you can see


Let's not pretend,
to justify
Rather amend,
Where treasures lie
Straight through the heart,
Peace can be found
That's where you start,
Not all around

Someone said
Give peace a chance
And, that's all that we're saying
While we're sitting
On the fence
Our hearts are in the right place
But, your face
Shows a trace of,

Don't tread on me, boy
Now you can see

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Joe6Pack 6 years 34 weeks ago

John Lennon

Working Class Hero


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Will_the_Piano_Guy 6 years 34 weeks ago

Bruce Springsteen "The Last to Die". Thanks, Will Landstrom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWxrw4PHmPg&feature=player_embedded

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ScortchDearth 6 years 34 weeks ago

How about "16 Tons" by Tennesee Ernie Ford?

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af1 4 eva 6 years 34 weeks ago

Here are my choices for anti-war / peace songs:

1. Readjustment Blues - John Denver
2. I Can't Write Left-Handed - Bill Withers
3. Reach Out in the Darkness - Friend & Lover
4. People Got to Be Free - Rascals
5. Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James & the Shondells
6. Share the Land - Guess Who
7. Monster - Steppenwolf
8. Morning Dew - Tim Rose
9. Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) - Temptations
10. Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas

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MaryAnne/annies... 6 years 34 weeks ago

The Great Mandella (The Wheel of Life) by Peter, Paul and Mary - very poignant song about father and son discussion on going to war.

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genevieve 6 years 34 weeks ago

Flag Decals Wont Get You Into Heaven - John Prine

Universal Soldier - Buffy St Marie

Vietnam Song - Country Joe and the Fish

csernica 6 years 34 weeks ago

Favorite anti-war song:

Bomb the World (Michael Franti & Spearhead)

"...we can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace."



lecopaw 6 years 34 weeks ago

New Kicks, Le Tigre

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cjmccormack 6 years 34 weeks ago

Masters of War

by the one and only Bob Dylan

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kpapdx 6 years 34 weeks ago

"Freedom" by Amos Lee. It's one of the few anti-Iraq-war songs written in 2006.


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Fenian Bastard 6 years 34 weeks ago

X - "Country At War" or Eddie Vedder doing his version of Bob Dylan's "Masters of War"

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Fenian Bastard 6 years 34 weeks ago

Do you mean The Guess Who - "Share The Land"?

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