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The song I associate most with antiwar protests, and that you hear most often in documentaries about the Vietnam war, is "I'm Fixin' to Die" by Country Joe and the Fish. You've been given excellent suggestions by the other editors who have responded, so you certainly need to start with those. I would also add "Eve of Destruction,"; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" "In the Year 2525," "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," and "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (this song was used in a Coke commercial in the early 70s, but it is an antiwar song).
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"We Gotta Get out of This Place" by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (sung by The Animals)--1965 (This song was hugely popular with the troops in Vietnam; my dad said that he and his friends sang it a lot over there.)
"For What It's Worth" by Stephen Stills (sung by Buffalo Springfield)--1967--(interesting song which presents an image of protests in the streets of America and the war overseas).
"Unknown Soldier" by The Doors--1967--(Although this song is ambiguous as to which war it discusses, it is certainly an antiwar song written during America's involvement in Vietnam.)
One example of a song from the sixties that became associated with war songs is 'Give Peace a Chance' commonly believed to be by the Beatles. Written by John Lennon, it was more likely to have been written while the beatles were actually still together but published/recorded by The Plastic Ono band. The song turned into an anthem of the anti- war movement, the refrain 'all we are saying is give peace a chance' seeming to encapsulate everything that American youth was feeling about the needlessness of war at the time. Feelings about Vietnam were running high, and another singer's partner (Joan Baez) had become a draft protester. So musicians and popular song-writers were expressing the feelings of youth.
More examples would be folk singer Joni Mitchell's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" asking where many different things have gone such as flowers, young men, and soldiers. Flowers went to young men who took them to girl friends; the young men went away when they were drafted to fight in Vietnam;the soldiers went away when they were killed fighting. Then the flowers went away again to honor the fallen at their funerals. Many folk singers of the time recorded anti-war sentiments as well as anti-government. Check into Pete Segar, Bob Dillon, and Joan Baez for many more examples.
This should get you plenty of answers since there were lots and lots of protest songs back in those days of the Vietnam War. Here are some songs that you might look at:
- Four Dead in Ohio -- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
- Masters of War -- Bob Dylan
- Fortunate Son -- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- War -- Edwin Starr
- One Tin Soldier -- Coven
- Universal Soldier -- Donovan
- Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag -- Country Joe and the Fish
These are titles and artists. I think all the titles are right.
The 1960's was a time of turmoil and transgression in America as young and old began to question having to lay lives down for an a cause which no one seemed to understand. This led to many anti-war songs.
"'Blowin in the Wind" by Bob Dylan 1963
"I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" by Phil Ochs 1965
"Where have all the Flowers Gone"
"With God on Our Side" Dylan (1964)
"The Ballad of the Green Berets" SSgt. Barry Sadler 1965
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