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Songs of Protest

written by: silverqueen
Bob Dylan to Billie Holiday to Public Enemy, artists have called attention to their heartfelt convictions in protest songs. So, please, march inside and see if you can identify these artists and their causes. You can agree or disagree with the words but keep in mind this quote from Voltaire: "I do not agree with what you have to say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."

Question 1:

Labor unions were the first to give voice to this protest song, but this song is now recognized as the anthem for the civil rights movement.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 2:

Name the Buffy Sainte Marie song in which you would find the following lyrics.
" He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain
A Buddhist and a Baptist and a Jew
And, he knows he shouldn't kill
And, he knows he always will."
Universal Soldier
A World Without Love
Eve of Destruction

Question 3:

What is Edwin Starr's answer to the question: "WAR, what is it good for?"
masters of War
universal soldier
absolutely nothing.
senators that can't pass legislation

Question 4:

"Blood on the leaves and blood on the root" is a line from Billie Holiday's song "Strange Fruit."
What social evil is Billie Holiday singing about in this haunting song?
Low wages for tenant farmers
Plight of immigrant families

Question 5:

Bob Dylan was a major spokesman for the young people growing up in the 60's and 70's.
The following are some of Dylan's most scathing lyrics.
'' I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul."
Can you name the title of this song?
Highway 61 Revisited
Masters of War
All Along the Watchtower
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Question 6:

View the provided image.
Neil Young wrote a song about this event that took place on May 4, 1970. Can you complete the last line of this verse of the song?
"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming
We're finally on our own
This summer I hear the drumming"  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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Question 7:

The great Merle Haggard recorded this song in 1970. He sang "I don't mind them switchin' sides and standing up for things they believe in." But, best be careful because when you start to "put our country down." Where would you find yourself in regards to Merle Haggard?
Down in the Valley
Down in the Boondocks
The Fightin Side of Me
On the ground

Question 8:

"Sarge, I'm only eighteen, I got a ruptured spleen
and I always carry a purse.
I got eyes like a bat my feet are flat
and my asthma getting worse."
What is the name of this song?
Fixin-to-Die Rag
Draft Dodger Rag
Give Peace a Chance
Society's Child

Question 9:

In 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders sang a song that highlights the plight of the American Indians. Some of the lyrics are the following: "Took away our native tongue and taught their English to our young. And all the beads we made by hand are nowadays made in Japan."
What Native American tribe does John D. Loudermilk reference in the title of his song?

Question 10:

"We are sick and tired of your ism and schism game
Die and go to heaven in Jesus' name"
are lines from the song "Stir It Up" recorded by this reggae legend. What singer was calling for the poor and impoverished people of the world to unite for their rights?
Bob Marley
Wyclift Jean
Buju Banton
Bunny Wailer

Question 11:

"I don't think he's been listening to this one" was Bruce Springsteen's reply to a reporter's question on how Springsteen felt about a certain Presidential candidate using his song "Born in the USA" as the theme song for the Presidential candidate's campaign. What Presidential candidate used Springsteen's song "Born in the USA" as his campaign's theme song?
Jimmie Carter
Bill Clinton
George Bush
Ronald Reagan

Question 12:

"And how in the world can the words that I said
Send someone so over the edge
That they would write me a letter
Sayin that I better
Shut up and sing or my life will be over."
What group won the 2007 Grammy for this song?


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