Throwback Thursdays: 70’s Protest Songs

Still relevant…

1. Get Up Stand Up– Bob Marley (1973)

Preacherman, don’t tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don’t know
What life is really worth.
It’s not all that glitters is gold;
‘Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. Come on!

2. Fight The Power– The Isley Brothers (1975)

Time is truly wastin’
There’s no guarantee
Smile’s in the makin’
You gotta fight the powers that be
Got so many forces
Stayin’ on the scene
Givin’ up all around me
Faces full a’ pain
I can’t play my music
They say my music’s too loud
I kept talkin about it
I got the big run around
When I rolled with the punches
I got knocked on the ground
With all this bullshit going down

3. If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go– Curtis Mayfield (1970)

Hurry
People running from their worries
While the judge and the juries
Dictate the law that’s partly flaw
Cat calling, love balling, fussing and cussing
Top billing now is killing
For peace no-one is willing
Kind of make you get that feeling

Everybody smoke
Use the pill and the dope
Educated fools
From uneducated schools
Pimping people is the rule
Polluted water in the pool
And Nixon talking about don’t worry
He says don’t worry
He says don’t worry
He says don’t worry

But they don’t know
There can be no show
And if there’s a hell below
We’re all gonna go

Source:  “The Protest Movement: The 10 Best Political Protest Songs of the 70s


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