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#1
I have an assignment for next year, and it is, as the title says, to find a song with political lyrics, to later explain it. I thought of Rage Against the Machine, but the teacher specifically stated that no profanity, or bad words, are allowed. Could you please recommend me some bands that write songs about politics? Thanks.
#4
anti flag, duh. nofx, duh. i'm sure there's like one song by rage without *profanity*.
#6
Check out bands like Scars on broadway, Rise against, Ministry.. I cant name very many rap groups but a lot of those guys write a lot of stuff with political angst. RATM HAS to have something without profanity.. I didnt think they swore in every song.. but anyways there you go good luck dude.

Edit: Almost EVERY punk band has at least one song that you're looking for too.
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#7
The Clash. Rage basically continued where they left off. Both bands express similar sentiments.
#9
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american idiot by green day


yeah you'll be able to get a real in depth analysis with something of that complexity..
#10
My first thought was Billy Bragg - Help Save The Youth Of America.

Help save the youth of America
Help save them from themselves
Help save the sun-tanned surfer boys
And the Californian girls

When the lights go out in the rest of the World
What do our cousins say
They're playing in the sun and having fun, fun, fun
Till Daddy takes the gun away

From the Big Church to the Big River
And out to the Shining Sea
This is the Land of Opportunity
And there's a Monkey Trial on TV

A nation with their freezers full
Are dancing in their seats
While outside another nation
Is sleeping in the streets

Don't tell me the old, old story
Tell me the truth this time
Is the Man in the Mask or the Indian
An enemy or a friend of mine

Help save the youth of America
Help save the youth of the world
Help save the boys in uniform
Their mothers and their faithful girls

Listen to the voice of the soldier
Down in the killing zone
Talking about the cost of living
And the price of bringing him home

They're already shipping the body bags
Down by the Rio Grande
But you can fight for democracy at home
And not in some foreign land

And the fate of the great United States
Is entwined in the fate of us all
And the incident at Chernobyl proves
The world we live in is very small

And the cities of Europe have burned before
And they may yet burn again
And if they do I hope you understand
That Washington will burn with them
Omaha will burn with them
Los Alamos will burn with them
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#13
This one is very symbolic and not what anyone would expect from this band, but the song is called Our Finest Hour by The Dave Matthews Band. I think it talks about how president Bush acted in times of crises (i.e. 9-11).

I think it would work good for your assignment because it is more original the bands like Rage or Anti-Flag (although are also very good bands!!)
#15
"Slow Down Ghandi" by Sage Francis.
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#16
check out Immortal Technique.

yes, he is rap.

but i promise it will NOT disappoint you.
#17
Peace sells - Megadeth
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#18
rise against.

unless you want a song that everyone knows.
american idiot. yeah mainstream rock on
#19
Rage Against the Machine. Just about all of it.
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#22
They tell us there are only two sides to be on
If you are on our side you’re right if not you’re wrong
But are we innocent, paragons of good?
Is our guilt erased by the pain that we’ve endured?
Hey look it's time to pledge allegiance
Oh god I love my dirty Uncle Sam
Our country's marching to the beat now
And we must learn to step in time
Where is the questioning where is the protest song?
Since when is skepticism un-American?
Dissent’s not treason but they talk like it’s the same
Those who disagree are afraid to show their face
Let's break out our old machines now
It sure is good to see them run again
Oh gentlemen start your engines
And we know where we get the oil from
Are you feeling alright now
Paint myself all red white blue
Are you singing let's fight now
Innocent people die, uh oh
There are reasons to unite
Is this why we unite?
If you hate this time
Remember we are the time!
Show you love your country go out and spend some cash
Red white blue hot pants doing it for Uncle Sam
Flex our muscles show them we’re stronger than the rest
Raise your hands up baby are you sure that we’re the best?
We'll come out with our fists raised
The good old boys are back on top again
And if we let them lead us blindly
The past becomes the future once again

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#23
RATM- wake up, fistful of steel, freedom, testify, calm like a bomb, sleep now in the fire

none of these have profanity (just checked)
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#24
holy wars by megadeth
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#28
hmmm
WHAT HAPPENED TO BILLY JOEL
if you mean POLITICAL as in general politics and not modern

but
we didnt start the fire =]
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#29
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brilliant
i wouldnt have that of it, but its perfect...
listen to Nilpferdkoenig
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#30
Anything by Saul Williams
Act III scene 2 (Shakespeare)
Vocals: Saul Williams and Zack de la Rocha
Music: Thavius Beck

This is a call out to all the youth in the ghettos, suburbs, villages, townships. To all the kids who download this song for free. By any means. To all the kids short on loot but high on dreams. To all the kids watching T.V., like, "Yo, I wish that was me." And all the kids pressing rewind on Let's Get Free. I hear you. To all the people within the sound of my voice.

Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.
Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.

I didn't vote for this state of affairs. My emotional state's got me prostrate, fearing my fears. In all reality I'm under prepared. 'Cause I'm ready for war but not sure if I'm ready to care. And that's why I'm under prepared. 'Cause I'm ready to fight, but most fights have me fighting back tears. 'Cause the truth is really I'm scared. Not scared of the truth, but just scared of the length you'll go to fight it. I tried to hold my tongue, son. I tried to bite it. I'm not trying to start a riot or incite it. 'Cause Brutus is an honorable man. It's just coincidence that oil men would wage war on an oil rich land. And this one goes out to my man, taking cover in the trenches with a gun in his hand, then gets home and no one flinches when he can't feed his fam. But Brutus is an honorable man.

Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.
Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.

If you have tears prepare to shed them now. For you share the guilt of blood spilt in accordance with the Dow Jones. Dow drops fresh crop skull and bones. A machete in the heady: Hutu, Tutsi, Leone. An Afghani in a shanty. Doodle dandy yank on! An Iraqi in Gap khaki. Coca Coma come on! Be ye bishop or pawn, in the streets or the lawn, you should know that these example could go on and on and what since does it make to keep your ears to the street? As long as oils in the soil, truth is never concrete. So we dare to represent those with the barest of feet. 'Cause the laws to which we're loyal keep the soil deplete. It's our job to not let history repeat.

Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.
Spit for the hated, the reviled, the unrefined, the no ones, the nobodies, the last in line.

So here's the plan. The ides of march are always at hand. And when the power hungry strike, they strike the poorest of man. And if you dare put up a fight, they'll come and fight for your land. And they'll call it liberation or salvation. A call to the youth! Your freedom ain't so free, it's just loose. but the power of your voice could redirect every truth. Shift and shape the world you want and keep your fears in a noose. Let them dangle from a banner star spangled. I'm willing and able. To lift my dreams up out of their cradle. Nurse and nurture my ideals 'til they're much more than a fable. I can be all I can be and do much more than I'm paid to. And I won't be a slave to what authorities say do. My desire is to live within a nation on fire, where creative passions burn and raise the stakes ever higher. Where no person is addicted top some twisted supplier who promotes the sort of freedom sold to the highest buyer. We demand a truth naturally at one with the land, not a plant that photosynthesizes bombs on demand, or a search for any weapons we let fall from our hands. I got beats and a plan. I'm gonna do what I can. And what you do is question everything they say do, every goal ideal or value they keep pushing on you. If they ask you to believe it question whether it's true. If they ask you to achieve, is it for them or for you. You're the one they're asking to go carry a gun. Warfare ain't humanitarian. You're scaring me, son. Why not fight to feed the homeless, jobless, fight inflation?! Why not fight for our own healthcare and our education?! And instead, invest in that erasable lead, 'cause their twisted propaganda can't erase all the dead. And the pile of corpses pyramid on top of our heads. Or nevermind, said the shotgun to the head.


If this doesn't inspire you then nothing will!
#34
Dear Mr. President, by P!nk
MUSIC can lift us out of depression or move us to tears- it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.
~Oliver Sacks


"You get smaller while the world gets big
The more you know you know you don't know shit"
#36
Bob Dylan- It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding

I'm not too sure about that song, but the line "Even the president of the United States must stand naked" has political significance. A lot of songs by Bob Dylan would be good.
#37
flobots has potilcal lyrics and your classmates will like it cause its pop hip-hop
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#40
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check out Immortal Technique.

yes, he is rap.

but i promise it will NOT disappoint you.


Definitely.

Check out the link in my sig, TS. It links to one of Immortal Technique's politically charged freestyles, and it will blow your mind.
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