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Masters Of War
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly.
One progressive’s playlist, music to inflame and inspire:
- The Coup. All albums, especially Party Music and Steal This Double Album. Boots Reilly and Pam tha Funkstress serve up fantastic beats and conscious, radical lyrics. This album isn’t for novices — they bring it real and don’t hold back.
- Michael Franti & Spearhead. My favourite album is Stay Human. This funky, jazzy combo delivers solid rythms amid insightful and positive lyrics. Franti is this generation’s Bob Marley, both in musical styles, love of marijuana, and political conviction. Great and underrated artist.
- Ani Difranco. Mid-career albums are the best. Ani may have a reputation of appealing to young angry lesbians, but believe, she’s more than that. She’s also a first-rate guitar player, singer and composer, and as collaborated widely with icons like Utah Philips.
- Pearl Jam. It’s all good. Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder in particular are innovators in rock and always have a message. Not afraid to speak out, Vedder was one of the earliest mainstream musicians to take on Bush. They do a great cover of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” (lyrics above).
- Immortal Technique. Revolutionary Vol.2. This rapper spent significant time in jail after he shot another man at a party. Instead of driving him deeper into a life of crime, Immortal Technique came out of prison with a catalogue of entertaining songs questioning the way things are and those in charge.
- Dead Prez. All albums. Not for the faint of heart, these guys are educated and angry. The songs take on issues like government wrong-doing, vegetarianism, the people’s movement, violence, and police brutality.
- Protest icons like Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Utah Philips, Neil Young.
Have I missed any?
Cover art for The Coup’s “Party Music” album, created prior to 9/11 and subsequently pulled before release.