Protest Songs?

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  1. Vladimir Illich

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  6. jagerhans

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    this is Pino Masi's Italian version of Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire .
    The title is "The time of the rifle".
    I know that Masi guy. He was always going around singing around my university.
    They even shot a movie about him, albeit not exactly a flattering one.



    The whole world is exploding
    from Angola to Palestine,
    Latin America is fighting,
    the armed struggle wins in Indochina;
    all over the world peoples are gaining consciousness
    and in the squares they go down with the right violence.

    And therefore: what more do you want, Comrade,
    to understand that the time of the rifle has come?


    America of the Nixon, Agnew and MacNamara
    from the Black Panthers a lesson learns;
    people don't like napalm civilization,
    as long as there are masters there will never be peace;
    the peace of the masters suits the masters,
    coexistence is a scam to make us feel good.

    And therefore: what more do you need, Comrade,
    to see that the time of the rifle has come?

    In Spain and Poland
    the workers they show that the struggle
    has never stopped against united masters, against capitalism,
    even if disguised as a false socialism.
    The Polish workers who went on strike
    they shouted in the procession: Gestapo Police!
    They shouted: Gomulka, it's going to end grimly for you!
    They marched singing the Internationale.

    And so: what more do you want, Comrade,
    to understand that it's time for the rifle?

    The masses, even in Europe,
    no longer stand by,
    the fight explodes everywhere
    and cannot be stopped:
    barricades everywhere: from Burgos to Szczecin,
    and here too, from Avola to Turin,
    from Orgosolo to Marghera, from Battipaglia to Reggio
    the hard struggle advances, the masters will have the worst.

    And so: what more do you need, Comrade,
    to understand that it's time to pick the rifle?
     
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    That night in front of the "Bussola"*,
    in the cold of New Year's Eve.
    That New Year's Eve
    we will never forget it.
    The gentlemen came,
    on their shiny cars
    and they looked with contempt
    at the workers and students.
    The ladies in the long dress,
    with fur covered shoulders,
    the powerful with the bowtie,
    with starched faces.

    They were the same gentlemen
    that exploit us all year round,
    those who make us die
    in the factories around here.
    They came to toast,
    after a year of exploitation,
    to toast for the new year,
    that suits him even better.
    The companions do not resist,
    who recognized them,
    and tomatoes arrive
    and the spitting arrives.

    To defend the exploiters,
    a trumpet blew,
    while already the Carabinieri
    they ran and beat;
    how beautiful are the Carabinieri,
    as they beat with handcuffs
    fellow middle students
    from fourteen to seventeen!
    And they don't stop hitting
    until the Colonel lifts his finger:
    they are the most faithful image
    of our established order.

    We already see the Carabinieri
    that are being organized
    to start the manhunt
    with panthers** and armored car.
    We can't go away,
    nor leave the missing,
    we are now cut off
    to reach the vehicles.
    We decide to resist
    and the barricades are made:
    they are for better defense
    from subsequent waves.

    From the first barricade
    to the area of the Carabinieri
    they are about forty meters
    all empty and all black.
    When they begin to advance
    one of them shoots into the air.
    comrades throw stones
    to try to stop them.
    They stop for a moment
    and then continue to advance;
    is no longer just one,
    many are now shooting.

    From the first barricade
    the guns are clearly visible,
    from the second everyone thinks
    that they are only squibs.
    We all come together
    at the second barricade,
    the Carabinieri come back,
    given the bad parade.
    One more hour of back and forth,
    us with stones, they shooting;
    we all believe they shoot blanks,
    even from inside an armored car.

    Suddenly I see falling
    a companion to my right
    the knee with a hole
    and the blood on his trousers.
    I turn around and cry out: "It is live fire"!
    and I run back a few steps:
    two companions carry on shoulders
    the wounded in the leg.
    Running hard on the road,
    with the carabinieri behind him,
    I see Ceccanti, shot to death,
    carried on the pavement.

    Despite efforts to help him,
    It is difficult to find help
    while the gendarmes run after you
    and they don't give you any rest.
    Found a utility car
    and taken Ceccanti away,
    there is nothing left for us to do
    than to run away all of them.
    Maybe at the Bussola, for that night,
    the gentlemen were offended,
    they who offend and kill
    for all the other twelve months.

    It would be better to offend them often
    and don't give them breath
    as often as their gentlemen
    happen to pass under our rifles.
    At this point it seems appropriate
    do some consideration
    on the different and ugly faces
    that the capitalist shows us today:
    he has the money to buy us,
    misery to exploit,
    his armed henchmen with him to kill us,
    TV to cheat everyone.

    We just have to rebel
    and not accept the game
    of their freedom,
    which is worth very little to us.


    * A luxurious club
    ** Police cars
     
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  10. jagerhans

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    Refreshing ! Made me smile. The ones I posted are dark as hell.
     
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    There is a member of this forum who won't be that pleased - Margaret Thatcher (phth, phth. phth) was his idol - every time she bent down, he'd get sun burn !!!
     
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    Springsteen - Born in the USA

     
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    CCR - Run Through the Jungle

     
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    Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth

     
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    Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land

     
  17. walkoflife

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    Can we establish what specifically we're protesting before I throw my hat in the ring? There are many angles and subject matters to protest.
     
  18. bft4evr

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    The Byrds - Turn Turn Turn

     
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  19. bft4evr

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    Based on what has been posted so far it seems to be wide open...
     
  20. walkoflife

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    Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song.
     

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