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writing 3

Here is a different way to look at the 1960s. Music of the decade became the voice of protest and concern about what was happening in the U.S. Choose one of the songs below. Research the lyrics and explain the following in your paper:

Identify the song, artist and year.
What is the song protesting?
Why would this song be protesting that particular thing?
What lyrics in the song specifically make you understand the message?
Is the song effective in getting its message across?

Paper length is 1-2 pages, typed, double-spaced with a font no larger than 12.

This paper is due by the start of class Wednesday

Songs (you may choose one that is not on the list with my prior approval)

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Revolution – The Beatles

Fortunate Son – Credence Clearwater Revival

I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

Circle of Steel – Gordon Lightfoot

American Pie – Don McLean

Southern Man – Neil Young

My Generation – The Who

Long Walk to DC – The Staple Singers

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen (recorded in the 80s, but reflective of the Vietnam War)

We Shall Overcome – Pete Seeger

In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley

I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs

Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell

Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire

Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die – Country Joe and the Fish

Okie from Muscogee – Merle Haggard

Respect – Aretha Franklin

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan

Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan/Joni Mitchell

Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

Say It Loud – James Brown

Little Boxes – Malvina Reynolds

Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds

Universal Soldier – Donovan

Abraham, Martin and John – Dion

Ball of Confusion – The Temptations

For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield

If I Had a Hammer – Peter, Paul and Mary

One Tin Soldier – Billy Jack Soundtrack

Run Through the Jungle – Credence Clearwater Revival

Signs – The Five Man Electrical Band

Society’s Child – Janis Ian

Where Have All the Flowers Gone- Pete Seeger

Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin

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