Political Crescendos – Part 2: Resistance

Continuing from my last post, Anti-Violence anthems in Part 1 of my 3 Part series called Political Crescendos. This is Part 2: Resistance. Here is a list of songs where the artists have expressed their rage against the political systems:

*Dear Mr. President by P!nk Feat. Indigo Girls – Written during the presidency of George W. Bush, P!nk credits this song as a one about political facts and questions. The song directly addresses Bush and his administration calling them out for sending troops to Iraq. It also brings Bush’s position on female and homosexual rights and how he’s “come a long way from whiskey and cocaine” (a jab at the rumours going around that were saying that he’s an alcohol and drug addict).

*Mosh by Eminem (Explicit Content) – Eminem is a veteran when it comes to writing controversial songs. Like P!nk, he is pissed with the decisions of Bush’s government. Strong lyrics and a hard beat carry Eminem’s message of how the war in Iraq is doing more harm than good. Eminem raps “Let the president answer on higher anarchy/Strap him with an AK-47, let him go fight his own war/…No more blood for oil.”

*Not Ready to Make Nice by Dixie Chicks – Well, well, well, another musician pissed off at Bush. This song came to be when Natalie Maines, front woman for the Texas band made this comment (“we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas”) on tour in London, England. She received many death threats over the comment and the band decided to retaliate with Not Ready to Make Nice.

This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie – This song was originally written as a protest song,during the presidency of Joseph McCarthy. Woody recorded a “safe version” skipping the majority of his protest lyrics. He did this because it was dangerous to speak out against the government. He is famously known for performing with a “This Machine Kills Fascists” sticker on his guitar.

99 Revolutions by Green Day – Green Day was inspired by the Occupy Movement, where the 99% were protesting against the social and economic inequalities. While Green Day is definitely not apart of the 99% they still felt compelled to create this song. Lead singer, Billie Joel Armstrong told Rolling Stone magazine the song was easy to write because he came from 99%.

Uprising by Muse – This song is one of my personal favourites. Matt Bellamy, the lead singer of the band said to MTV UK that it was inspired by the 2009 G20 Summit protests in his home town, London, England. “People just having a good time, putting together a peaceful protest but the police still do their best to make it become violent…I sort of wanted to write a song that summed up that feeling like you’ve been done over by people you’re supposed to trust.” Uprising is from their album called The Resistance, inspired by George Orwell‘s 1984.

*Indicates that the song was blocked from American radio

4 Replies to “Political Crescendos – Part 2: Resistance”

  1. Very, very neat idea Linnea!! Love this… Can’t say I necessarily am a huge fan of all the songs but will be sure I at least listen to them all once. Thanks for the great read!

  2. These are such good posts! I was listening to the radio the other day and heard the Green Day song you wrote about. The announcer went on to discuss similar songs with the same meaning. It’s super interesting to learn about the history of these songs, especially given the current political climate around the world. Great writing 🙂

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