Antiwar and Protest Songs, Various Artists 2002-2003 - (Lyrics and Streaming Audio Below)
For more protest songs, freedom songs, and peace songs, visit the Great Protest Songs website at http://greatprotestsongs.com (will open in new window).

As of about April 15, 2003, every song in this list was available from the artists' individual websites.  Because these musicians were committed to getting their antiwar messages out to the public, they provided free MP3 downloads from their websites or by links from their sites to other websites.  Most of these MP3s are now dropped from the musicians' sites, but the song titles, the musicians, and the sites from which I downloaded these songs are directly below.

(Technical note:  To stream over a slow modem connection, such as what you find in many developing countries, the bit rate of these streaming files is only 32 kbps, in mono.  If you want high quality stereo, look for the songs on the artists' sites.)
 
Song - Click for Lyrics and Streaming Audio Artist Artist's Websites (will open in new windows)
The Price of Oil Billy Bragg http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
In a World Gone Mad Beastie Boys http://www.beastieboys.com/
Self Evident ani difranco http://righteousbabe.com/
We Want Peace Lenny Kravitz http://www.lennykravitz.com/
I am Not at War with Anyone Luka Bloom http://www.lukabloom.com/
Life During Wartime Green Day  http://www.greenday.com/home.php3
Jacob's Ladder Chumbawamba http://www.chumba.tv/music.asp
Filled With Love Joyce Andersen http://www.joyscream.com/peace.html
War Jonatha Brooke http://www.jonathabrooke.com/war/
Donots and Anti-Flag Anti-War Song Justin Sane http://www.anti-flag.com/justin/
We Don't Want Your War Jynkz http://www.jynkz.com
Final Straw Michael Stipe http://www.remhq.com

 

The Price of Oil -- Streaming Audio
Music and Lyrics by Billy Bragg, 2002


Voices on the radio
tell us that we're going to war
those brave men and women in uniform
they want to know what they're fighting for.
The generals want to hear the end game
the allies won't approve the plan
but the oil men in the white house
they just don't give a damn.
'Cause it's all about the price of oil
it's all about the price of oil
don't give me no shit
about blood, sweat, tears and toil
it's all about the price of oil.
Now I ain't no fan of Saddam Hussein
oh, please don't get me wrong
if it's freeing the Iraqi people you're after
then why have we waited so long.
Why didn't we sort this out last time
was he less evil than he is now
the stock market holds the answer
to why him, why here, why now.
'Cause it's all about the price of oil
it's all about the price of oil
don't give me no shit
about blood, sweat, tears and toil
it's all about the price of oil.
Saddam killed his own people
just like general Pinochet
and once upon a time both these evil men
were supported by the U.S.A.
And whisper it, even Bin Laden
once drank from America's cup
just like that election down in Florida
this shit doesn't all add up.
'Cause it's all about the price of oil
it's all about the price of oil
don't give me no shit
about blood, sweat, tears and toil
it's all about the price of oil.

 

 

In a World Gone Mad -- Streaming Audio
Beastie Boys

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Mirrors, smokescreens and lies
It's not the politicians but their actions I despise
You and Saddam should kick it like back in the day
With the cocaine and Courvoisier
But you build more bombs as you get more bold
As your mid-life crisis war unfolds
All you want to do is take control
Now put that axis of evil bullshit on hold
Citizen rule number 2080
Politicians are shady
So people watch your back 'cause I think they smoke crack
I don't doubt it look at how they act

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

First the 'War On Terror' now war on Iraq
We're reaching a point where we can't turn back
Let's lose the guns and let's lose the bombs
And stop the corporate contributions that they're built upon
Well I'll be sleeping on your speeches 'til I start to snore
'Cause I won't carry guns for an oil war
As-Salamu alaikum, wa alaikum assalam
Peace to the Middle East peace to Islam
Now don't get us wrong 'cause we love America
But that's no reason to get hysterica
They're layin' on the syrup thick
We ain't waffles we ain't havin' it

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

Now how many people must get killed'
For oil families pockets to get filled'
How many oil families get killed'
Not a damn one so what's the deal'

It's time to lead the way and de-escalate
Lose the weapons of mass destruction and the hate
Say ooh ah what's the White House doin''
Oh no! Say, what they got brewing''!!!!'''!!
Well I'm not pro Bush and I'm not pro Saddam
We need these fools to remain calm
George Bush you're looking like Zoolander
Trying to play tough for the camera
What am I on crazy pills' We've got to stop it
Get your hand out my grandma's pocket
We need health care more than going to war
You think it's democracy they're fighting for'

In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight
In a world gone mad it's hard to think right
So much violence hate and spite
Murder going on all day and night
Due time we fight the non-violent fight

 

 

Self Evident -- Streaming Audio
by ani difranco
2002 righteous babe music / BMI

self evident yes,
us people are just poems
we're 90% metaphor
with a leanness of meaning
approaching hyper-distillation
and once upon a time we were moonshine
rushing down the throat of a giraffe
yes, rushing down the long hall
despite what the p.a. announcement says
yes, rushing down the long hall
down the long stairs
in a building so tall
that it will always be there
yes, it's part of a pair
there on the bow of noah's ark
the most prestigious couple
just kickin back parked
against a perfectly blue sky
on a morning beatific
in its indian summer breeze
on the day that america fell to its knees
after strutting around for a century
without saying thank you
or please
and the shock was subsonic
and the smoke was deafening
between the setup and the punch line
cuz we were all on time for work that day
we all boarded that plane for to fly
and then while the fires were raging
we all climbed up on the windowsill
and then we all held hands
and jumped into the sky
and every borough looked up when it heard the first blast
and then every dumb action movie was summarily surpassed
and the exodus uptown by foot and motorcar
looked more like war than anything i've seen so far
so far...so far
so fierce and ingenious
a poetic specter so far gone
that every jackass newscaster was struck dumb and stumbling
over 'oh my god' and 'this is unbelievable' and on and on
and i'll tell you what, while we're at it
you can keep the pentagon
you can keep the propaganda
you can keep each and every tv
that's been trying to convince me to participate
in some prep school punk's plan to perpetuate retribution
perpetuate retribution
even as the blue toxic smoke of our lesson in retribution
is still hanging in the air
and there's ash on our shoes
and there's ash in our hair
and there's a fine silt on every mantle
from hell's kitchen to brooklyn
and the streets are full of stories
sudden twists and near misses
and soon every open bar is crammed to the rafters
with tales of narrowly averted disasters
and the whiskey is flowin'
like never before
as all over the country
folks just shake their heads
and pour
so here's a toast to all the folks that live in
palestine afghanistan iraq el salvador
here's a toast to all the folks living on the pine ridge reservation
under the stone cold gaze of mt. rushmore
here's a toast to all those nurses and doctors
who daily provide women with a choice
who stand down a threat the size of oklahoma city
just to listen to a young woman's voice
here's a toast to all those folks on death row right now
awaiting the executioner's guillotine
who are shackled there with dread and can only escape into their heads
to find peace in the form of a dream
peace in the form of a dream
peace in the form of a dream
cuz take away our playstations and we are a third world nation
under the thumb of some blue blood royal son
who stole the oval office and that phony election
i mean
it don't take a weatherman
to look around and see the weather
jeb said he'd deliver florida, folks and boy did he ever
and we hold these truths to be self evident:
#1 george w. bush is not president
#2 america is not a true democracy
#3 the media is not fooling me
cuz i am a poem heeding hyper-distillation
and i've got no room for a lie so verbose
yes i'm looking out over my whole human family
and i'm raising my glass in a toast
here's to our last drink of fossil fuels
may we vow to get off of this sauce
shoo away the swarms of commuter planes
and find that train ticket we lost
cuz once upon a time the line followed the river
and peeked into all the backyards
and the laundry was waving
the graffiti was teasing us
from brick walls and bridges
we were rolling over ridges
through valleys
under stars
i dream of touring like duke ellington
in my own railroad car
i dream of waiting on the tall blonde wooden benches
in a grand station aglow with grace
and then standing out on the platform
and feeling the air
the air the air on my face
give back the night its distant whistle
give the darkness back its soul
give the big oil companies the finger finally
and relearn how to rock-n-roll
yes, the lessons are all around us and the truth is waiting there
so it's time to pick through the rubble, clean the streets
and clear the air
get our government to pull its big dick out of the sand
of someone else's desert
put it back in its pants
and quit the hypocritical chants of
freedom forever
cuz when one lone phone rang
in two thousand and one
at ten after nine on nine one one
which is the number we all called
when that lone phone rang right off the wall
right off our desk and down the long hall
down the long stairs
in a building so tall
that the whole world turned
just to watch it fall
and while we're at it
remember the first time around'
the bomb' the ryder truck' the parking garage'
the princess that didn't even feel the pea'
remember joking around in our apartment on avenue D'
can you imagine how many paper coffee cups would have to change their design
following a fantastical reversal of the new york skyline'!
it was a joke at the time
and that was just a few years ago
so let the record show
that the FBI was all over that case
that the plot was obvious and in everybody's face
and scoping that scene religiously
the CIA or is it KGB'
committing countless crimes against humanity
with this kind of eventuality
as its excuse
for abuse after expensive abuse
and it didn't have a clue
look, another window to see through
way up here on the 104th floor
look another key another door
10% literal 90% metaphor
3000 some poems disguised as people
on an almost too perfect day
must be more than pawns
in some asshole's passion play
so now it's your job
and it's my job
to make it that way
to make sure they didn't die in vain
sshhhhhh....
baby listen
hear the train...

 

 

We Want Peace -- Streaming Audio
Lennie Kravitz

Come on people
It's time to get together
It's time for the revolution!

Here it is once again in our face
Why haven't we learned from our past
We're at the crossroads of our human race
Why are we kicking our own ass

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

We're on the eve of destruction my friends
We are about to go to far
Politicians think that war is the way
But we know that love has the power

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

The solution is simple and fame
There won't be peace if we don't try
In a war there is nothing to gain
When so many people will die

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, we want it yes
We want peace, and we want it fast

 

 

I Am Not At War With Anyone -- Streaming Audio
Luka Bloom

 
I am not at War with anyone
I am not at War with anyone
 
Go away war planes
You bring fear and shame
I am not at War with anyone
 
I give my love to Iraq, and to America
I give my love to Israel, and to Palestine
 
We could live as one
Between the sea and sun
I am not at War with anyone
I don't need to be friends with everyone
But I'd like to live in peace with everyone
This rush to war is wrong
And so I sing this song
 
I am not at War with anyone
I am not at War with anyone
 
I am not at War with anyone
I am not at War with anyone
 
Go away war planes
You bring fear and shame
I am not at War with anyone
 
I am not at War with anyone
I am not at War with anyone
 
I am not at War with anyone
I am not at War with anyone

 

 

Life During Wartime -- Streaming Audio
Green Day

 
Yeah, we say making changes
starts in the little things you do
"Revolution begins at home"
But for most of us, it ends there too
We're doing something
We're making changes
Like changing the brand of crap we buy
We say it makes a difference
but that's just another lie
It used to be "us" and "them"
And you and me
And now we can't reach
our potential
without a common enemy
A real war to fight against
Instead of our petty disagreements
How can I rationalize
My life during wartime lie
 
A call to action and a reaction
Taking our lives into our own hands
Instead of sitting around talking
about the same old shitty bands
But war is going on right now
and I'm not doing anything about it
Without a crowd, I'm not so loud
I can't do anything by myself
but that's just another lie

 

 

Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name) -- Streaming Audio
by Chumbawamba


Jacob's ladder
Like the Sermon on the mountain says dumber got dumb
Hellfire and brimstone swapped for oil and guns
When we're pushing up daisies, we all look the same
In the name of the Father maybe, but not in my name
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
A million lifetimes left dying in the sun
In the streets down in Whitehall, dogs pickin' at the bones
Nine eleven got branded, nine eleven got sold
And there'll be no one left to water all the seeds you sowed
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
On this Jacob's ladder, the only way up is down
One step from disaster, two to make the higher ground
Jacob's ladder
Puppy dog leader sooner or later
We'll dig up your cellar and try you for murder
(Repeats)

 

 

FILLED WITH LOVE -- Streaming Audio
by Joyce Andersen '2003

 
Men of anger, men of war
My heart is filled with love
Tell me what you are fighting for
My heart is filled with love
This death I see won't make me numb
My heart is filled with love
Every boy a mother's son
My heart is filled with love
 
Raise your voices, spread the news
My heart is filled with love
Buddhist, Christian, Moslem, Jew
My heart is filled with love
They all teach the golden rule
My heart is filled with love
Do unto others as you'd have them do
My heart is filled with love
 
I will not fear these foreign tongues
My heart is filled with love
There is a place for everyone
My heart is filled with love
I cannot make their will my own
My heart is filled with love
But fear can turn a heart to stone
My heart is filled with love
 
I do not know my neighbor's name
My heart is filled with love
I love that stranger just the same
My heart is filled with love
Hope is rising from this place
My heart is filled with love
Divine wisdom, amazing grace
My heart is filled with love
 
Men of anger, men of war
My heart is filled with love
Tell me what you are fighting for
My heart is filled with love
Tell me what you are fighting for
My heart is filled with love
My heart is filled with love
My heart is filled with love
My heart is filled with love
My heart is filled with love

 

 

War -- Streaming Audio
Jonatha Brooke

 
Every morning I get up and I watch the war, watch the war
And every morning it upstages all my favorite shows
Donahue, and Hogan's Heroes
 
Every morning I get up and I raise the flag, salute the monument
Of those who gave their lives
And I guess war's ok, it's just a little inconvenient
But it's better than a video game, and it's better than the movies
 
It's the American way
The new world order
We hold these truths to be self-evident, well this is evident
In the American way
You must give and I shall take
And I will tell you what is moral and what's just
 
Because I want
Because I will
Because I can
So will I
Because I want
Because I will
Because I can
Oh, so will I kill
 
Every morning I get up and I watch the war, watch the war
And every morning it upstages everything I know, everything I know
 
But it's the American way
The new world order
We hold these truths to be self-evident
Well this is evident, yeah
In the American way
You must give and I shall take
And I will tell you what is moral and what's just
 
Because I want
Because I will
Because I can and
So will I
Because I want
Because I will
Because I can
So will I
 
Because I want
Because I will
Because I can
So will I
Oh say can you see
Because I can and
So will I kill

 

 

Donots and Anti-Flag Anti-War Song -- Streaming Audio
Lyrics by Justin Sane

And so the time has finally come
The bourgeoisie have signed the war decree with proletariat blood
And that blood which flows from their pen
Is the closest that they're ever been to the people
You've been to our shows, you've sung our songs
Now we are asking you to add to each chorus you've sung and
Protest against: injustice, state terror
On the streets of the world for the disempowered
You've sung at our shows, cheered right over wrong
Now its time to hit the streets back up those words you've sung
'cause our voices alone this time will not get it done

Looking to stop a rogue regime'
Well the first one that we must confront is
WASHINGTON DC!
The Bush Terror War
UNCONSTITUTIONAL
UNCONSCIONABLE
We refuse to let him kill in our name for oil
We know their game, know they're corrupt
It's up to hit the streets and take our country back!!!

Protest against injustice, state terror
On the streets of the world for the disempowered
You've sung at our shows, cheered right over wrong
Now it's time to hit the streets back up those words you've sung
'cause our voices alone this time will not get it done
Because the people united will get it done!

Protest against injustice, state terror
On the streets of the world for the disempowered

Repeats

 

 

We Don't Want Your War -- Streaming Audio
Words and music by Jynkz

When you can't believe a word they say
And you're haunted by the swords they raise
Like a rabid dog we've seen before
They refuse to hear the world pounding, pounding down their door
We don't want your war
Let's all yell a little louder now
We don't want your war
All stand together tall
We don't want your war
But you keep telling us, you keep telling us we do
The king has no clothes so he leads by fear
We must challenge all the lies we hear
The devil's bombs has an oily smell
Frames a legacy with infamy and he burns it, he burns it into hell
We don't want your war
Let's all yell a little louder now
We don't want your war
All stand together tall
We don't want your war
But you keep telling us, you keep telling us we do
Try to turn us into lemmings with their magic on TV
Leaking military secrets is one of their specialties
To reporters hanging on their words like schoolgirls in love
They've got the scoop, but we're no closer to the truth
If we raise our flag on a million graves
Will we all be proud or will we be ashamed'
Of our leadership, greedy and arrogant
And we'll all be judged by the choices, the choices that we made
We don't want your war
Let's all sing a little louder now
We don't want your war
All stand together tall
We don't want your war
But you keep telling us we do
We don't want your war
All stand together and yell
We don't want your war
All stand together tall
We don't want your war
So stop telling us...stop telling us we do

 

 

Final Straw -- Streaming Audio
Michael Stipe

 
As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
As your latest triumph draws the final straw
Who died and lifted you up to perfection'
And what silenced me is written into law
 
I can't believe where circumstance has thrown me
And I turn my head away
If I look I'm not sure that I could face you
Not again...not today...not today
 
If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected
There's a voice in me that says you will not win
 
And if I ignore the voice inside
Raise a half glass to my home
But it's there that I am most afraid
And forgetting doesn't hold
 
It doesn't hold...now I don't believe and I never did
That two wrongs make a right
If the world were filled with the likes of you
Then I'm putting up a fight...putting up a fight
Putting up a fight...make it right...make it right
 
Now love cannot be called into question
Forgiveness is the only hope I hold
And love...love will be my strongest weapon
I do believe that I am not alone
 
For this fear will not destroy me
And the tears that have been shed
It's knowing now where I am weakest
And the voice in my head...in my head
 
Then I raise my voice up higher
And I look you in the eye
And I offer love with one condition
With conviction...tell me why
Tell me why
Tell me why
Look me in the eye
Tell me why

 

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