Friday, July 14, 2006

Songs about war

This week's ROUTE 1 FRIDAY QUESTION asked readers to name a memorable song about war.
Rob K. -- It would have to be "War" by War, or Johnny Horton's "Sinking of the Bismarck."
Mary N.-P. -- "The Battle of New Orleans" by whoever that hillbilly singer was (Johnny Horton). I've loved it ever since I was a kid.
Rick T. -- "Fighting Side of Me" by Merle Haggard.
Jill H. -- "With God Our Side" by Bob Dylan, as sung by Matt Kittle.
Brian C. -- For the blunt message, "War," by Edwin Starr, an anti-Vietnam anthem. For the more insightful message, "Blowin' in the Wind," by Bob Dylan.
Steve M. -- Cause it was at Woodstock, that Country Joe and the Fish Song... "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag."
Shannon H. -- Does "Sunday Bloody Sunday" count?
Mike D. -- A Billy Joel song from about 20 years ago -- "Goodnight Saigon" -- as lyrics that present some haunting imagery from the Vietnam War. For example, "We came in spastic, like tameless horses. We left in plastic as numbered corpses."
Erik H. -- Edwin Starr always summed it up for me: "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing."


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