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  The Protest Song
by John A. MacEachern
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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The power of the protest song, which was so powerful in the 1960's seems to have disappeared.


The Protest Song ©   John MacEachern


Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Guthry and others
Sang for freedom for Blacks, their sisters and brothers
The protest songs grew louder and stronger
As American wars went to fields far and yonder.

Agent Orange shrivelled ‘Nam’s lush fields of green
As songsters grew vocal of what should have been
Dylan and Baez and trios galore
Joined Seeger and others in opposing the war

“Come Senators, Congressmen please heed the call”
Was sung on every corner and written on every wall
Nixon the President finally gave in
Much to his annoyance and incredible chagrin.

“Give Peace a Chance” went to heaven with Lennon
And we are left with no voice and no song to strengthen
We are polluting our air and poisoning our streams
Cutting down trees, there will soon be no bees.

Children, women: raped, murdered on African shores
And infants pleading “Please No More”
The U.N. sits on its manacled hands
As dictators sneer at the toothless demands.

We watch ‘The National’ and hug our daughters
As more blasts occur; and more senseless slaughters
Yet we are told the debt crisis in Greece
Is more of a problem than world peace.

“Where have all the flowers gone?”
Where have all the singers gone?
I feel alone and unheard
Without the power of the protest song.
 


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Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader)
A poignant, stark reality...Well written...
Reviewed by Asa Seeley
this protest song sounds fine...from the heart. thank you for the share

asa
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
You are absolutely right! The last protest song I heard was a new arrangement of, “Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot.” It's time the 99% come up with some songs rather than, “I don't know what our platform is except we want jobs and money to live on.”

I'm no good at writing songs, or I would write one. I am writing stories of the Apocalypse to warn people that they had better behave or the precious little that we have will be taken away by mother nature

Ron
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci
You took me back and for a moment I felt the power again. Thank you!

Jane Noponen Perinacci
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