Songs of Struggle

In these times as we emerge from social isolation imposed by the lockdown it is more important than ever to recover the legacy of social struggle represented in song. And when we march or strike together, song can be a great inspiration reminding us of past battles - lost or won -  and of the working class heroes upon whose shoulders we now stand.  I have tried to vary my selection to represent the diversity of themes and genres. I hope you enjoy listening  to or singing some of them and would be happy to receive suggestions about others that would add even greater vitality to my collection.

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Peter Gabriel - Biko
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Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel - Biko

'Biko' is taken from Peter's third self-titled solo album. Video directed by Lol Creme. Follow Peter Gabriel on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7C4sUpWGlTy7IANjruj02I Options to buy or stream: http://smarturl.it/PeterGabriel3 Read more - http://petergabriel.com/release/peter-gabriel-3/ Recorded both at his home studio at Ashcombe House, near Bath, and at London’s Townhouse Studios, Peter’s third self-titled album was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album saw Peter change his writing style; now the rhythm came before the melody and the songs were built up on top of the rhythmic sequences. The album delivered a top 5 UK single in Games Without Frontiers and Peter’s first overtly political song in the shape of totemic closer Biko. It also features notable contributions from Kate Bush, Paul Weller, Phil Collins and David Rhodes. # http://petergabriel.com # http://facebook.com/petergabriel # http://twitter.com/itspetergabriel September '77 Port Elizabeth weather fine It was business as usual In Police Room 619 Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja - The man is dead The man is dead When I try to sleep at night I can only dream in red The outside world is black and white With only one colour dead Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja, - The man is dead The man is dead You can blow out a candle But you can't blow out a fire Once the flame begins to catch The wind will blow it higher Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja - The man is dead - The man is dead And the eyes of the world are watching now Watching now PG3 tracklisting: Intruder No Self Control Start I Don't Remember Family Snapshot And Through The Wire Games Without Frontiers Not One Of Us Lead A Normal Life Biko #MusicVideo
Bob Dylan - Hurricane (Official Audio)
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Bob Dylan - Hurricane (Official Audio)

“Hurricane" by Bob Dylan Listen to Bob Dylan: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/listenYD Subscribe to the Bob Dylan YouTube channel: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/_subscribeYD Follow Bob Dylan: Facebook: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/followFI Twitter: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/followTI Instagram: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/followII Website: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/followWI YouTube: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/_subscribeYD Streaming Services: https://bobdylan.lnk.to/ss_followYD Lyrics: Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall She sees the bartender in a pool of blood Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!" Here comes the story of the Hurricane The man the authorities came to blame For somethin' that he never done Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been The champion of the world Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see And another man named Bello, movin' around mysteriously "I didn't do it, " he says, and he throws up his hands "I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand I saw them leavin', " he says, and he stops "One of us had better call up the cops." And so Patty calls the cops And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin' In the hot New Jersey night Meanwhile, far away in another part of town Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around Number one contender for the middleweight crown Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road Just like the time before and the time before that In Paterson that's just the way things go If you're black you might as well not show up on the street 'Less you want to draw the heat Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin' around He said, "I saw two men runnin' out, they looked like middleweights They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates." And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head Cop said, "Wait a minute, boys, this one's not dead" So they took him to the infirmary And though this man could hardly see They told him that he could identify the guilty men Four in the mornin' and they haul Rubin in Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye Says, "Wha'd you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!" Yes, here's the story of the Hurricane The man the authorities came to blame For somethin' that he never done Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been The champion of the world Four months later, the ghettos are in flame Rubin's in South America, fightin' for his name While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game And the cops are puttin' the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to blame "Remember that murder that happened in a bar?" "Remember you said you saw the getaway car?" "You think you'd like to play ball with the law?" "Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?" "Don't forget that you are white." Arthur Dexter Bradley said, "I'm really not sure." Cops said, "A poor boy like you could use a break We got you for the motel job and we're talkin' to your friend Bello Now you don't wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow You'll be doin' society a favor That sonofabitch is brave and gettin' braver We want to put his ass in stir We want to pin this triple murder on him He ain't no Gentleman Jim." ... #BobDylan #Folk #SingerSongwriter