Songs Written During War Times

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“There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” said Benjamin Franklin, showing the importance of peace and unnecessariness of war. The songs are the symbol of sadness, love, desire, sorrow, expectancy and other unnumbered emotions. And on the other hand the lyrics are the voice of the society. Therefore, the lyricists and the artists composed songs for different occasions, such as hunger, poverty, demand for freedom, and war. The war songs were also composed during the World War II, the Vietnam War and the Cold War era as well to illuminate the wishes of the community. The songs sometimes showed the anger of the people, sometimes the wish for peace and the anger to the leaders. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket…show more content…
The song was released in January 9, 1967. For What’s Worth was written by Stephen Stills. “There's battle lines being drawn” refers to the battle lines between the communist and the capitalist forces in Vietnam. “Young people speaking their minds/Getting so much resistance from behind.” is another line from lyrics referring to the counter-culture protests in the Vietnam era. “House Committee on Un-American activities continued its probe into anti-Vietnam war protests. Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting anti-war slogans,” the lyrics are from the song “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night” by Simon & Garfunkel. The song was released on August 22, 1966 and Paul Simon wrote the lyrics of the song. The radio on the background announces the daily news and one of them is about the anti-war protests about Vietnam. The verse of the song gives a sad tune to the song. The public thought that the song represented their emotions about the war. “Yes, how many ears must one man have/Before he can hear people cry ?/Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows/That too many people have died ?” said Bob Dylan in his song Blowin’ in the Wind. Bob Dylan asked several questions about the war and one of them questioned how many people need to die that a man can know that war is a bad thing. “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” said John F. Kennedy. The arms race between the Soviet
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