Hope all is good with you. Glad to see you bouncing back in such a positive manner.
Political protest songs, jesus where to start. Growing up in the 80s, of a left wing persuasion and a member of CND I have tons of them. Some subtle, Shipbuilding, some not so subtle Tramp The Dirt Down and not to mention all of the 60s songs that the older hippies I hung about with were into. But the one I would choose and which is very pertinent up here in the north of the UK with the referendum coming along next year is No Gods and Precious Few Heroes by Dick Gaughan, a man known for his political songs, you have to hear his version of World Turned Upside Down, it knocks Billy Bragg‘s version into touch, not an easy feat.
No Gods was written by Brian McNeil of The Battlefield Band, but it’s Gaughan’s voice and the abuse he inflicts upon his guitar that make this song so special. It’s kind of hard to pick an outstanding lyric from the song, as the whole song is so incisive but if I had to it would be “try going doon the broo wae yir Claymore in yir hand and count all the princes in the queue”. Anybody thinking about voting “yes” in next year’s referendum should listen to this song and in the words of another sung by Gaughan, they should think again.
So there is my contribution JC.
All the best
mp3 : Dick Gaughan – No Gods And Precious Few Heroes
mp3 : Dick Gaughan – World Turned Upside Down
PS from JC : For what it’s worth….at the risk of maybe alienating a few readers…..my sentiments re the ballot scheduled for September 2014 are similar to those expressed above by Drew.