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THIS SONG COLLECTION probably includes all the best know protest songs ever, most of these songs include lyrics with chords marked, some also include tab and a few have lyrics only. Some writers have been very prolific with this type of song, and Bob Dylan, Pete Seegar and Phil Ochs stand out as the masters of the genre but you will also find many others, some surprising, as authors and performers of the protest song. Note that some of the songs have more that one version reflecting variations in arrangement lyrics or key.
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|1913 Massacre- Woody Guthrie 99 Red Balloons- Nena Across The Lines- Tracy Chapman A Day In The Life- John Lennon A Day In The Life- The Beatles Advertising Space- Robbie Williams Africa Unite- Bob Marley After The Gold Rush- Neil Young A Hard Rain's A- Gonna Fall- Bob Dylan A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall- Bob Dylan Alabama- Neil Young All I Want- Jim Garland All My Trials- Joan Baez All The Fine Young Men- Eric Bogle Ambush In The Night- Bob Marley American Skin 41 Shots- Bruce Springsteen And The Band Played Waltzing Mathilda- Eric Bogle Angry American- Toby Keith Another Brick In The Wall- Pink Floyd Any King's Shilling- Elvis Costello Aquarius- James Rado (hair) A Reason For It All- Eric Bogle A Soldier's Dream- Donovan P Leitch A Toast To Those Who Are Gone- Phil Ochs At The Zoo- Paul Simon Authority Song- John Mellencamp Average Person- Paul Mccartney A Well- Respected Man- Ray Davies Baby, You're A Rich Man- John Lennon & Paul Mccartney Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising- John Fogerty Ballad Of Donald White- Bob Dylan Ballad Of Hollis Brown- Bob Dylan Ballad Of Penny Evans- Steve Goodman 1971 Ballad Of The Skeletons- Paul Mccartney Ballad Of William Worthy- Phil Ochs Banks Of Marble- Lee Rice 1950 Barrel Of Pain Half Life- Graham Nash Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw- E Dodd Beds Are Burning- Midnight Oil Big Yellow Taxi- Joni Mitchell Biko- Peter Gabriel Birmingham Sunday - Joan Baez Bitch- Meredith Brooks Black & White- Three Dog Night Black Rain- Aa Bondy Blood Brothers- Bruce Springsteen Blood Poppy Red- Nick Shovlin Bloody Well Right- Supertramp Blowing In The Wind- Bob Dylan Blowing In The Wind- Joan Baez Blowin' In The Wind- Bob Dylan Bob Dylan's Dream- Bob Dylan Books Are Burning- Andy Partridge(xtc) Born In The Usa- Bruce Springsteen Born On The Fourth Of July- Tom Paxton Bright Suburban Mr Mrs Clean Machine- Joe Mcdonald Bring 'em Home- Bruce Springsteen Bringing Buddy Home- John Mcdermott Buffalo Soldier- Bob Marley But I Might Die Tonight- Cat Stevens Cakewalk To Baghdad -Bruce Barthol 2003 Cat's In The Cradle- Harry Chapin Charlie & The M.T.A.- Traditional Chimes Of Freedom- Bob Dylan Chimes Of Freedom- Bruce Springsteen Christmas In The Trenches- John Mccutcheon Conquistador- Gary Brooker & Keith Reid(procol Harem) Cookie Jar- Jack Johnson Cops Of The World- Phil Ochs Critic's Choice- Robert Lamm Crucifixion- Phil Ochs Crystal Blue Persuasion- Tommy James Cuban Missile Crisis- Bob Dylan Daniel- Bernie Taupin Dark As A Dungeon- Merle Travis Day Is Done- Peter, Paul & Mary Dear God- Xtc Dear Mrs Roosevelt- Woody Guthrie Deportee- Woody Guthrie Desolation Row- Bob Dylan Dialogue- Robert Lamm(chicago) Disease Of Conceit- Bob Dylan Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?- Robert Lamm(chicago) Donna Donna- Donovan Donots And Anti- Flag Anti- War Song - Justin Sane- Ly Don't Ever Take Away Our Freedom- Peter Paul And Mary Do Re Mi- Woody Guthrie Draft Dodger Rag- Phil Ochs Dust Bowl Blues- Woody Guthrie Ebony And Ivory- Paul Mccartney Eleanor Rigby- John Lennon Eleanor Rigby- Paul Mccartney Eve Of Destruction- Barry Mcguire Everyday People- Sly & The Family Stone(1969) Everything Is Broken- Bob Dylan Excitable Boy- Warren Zevon Excuse Me, Mr- Ben Harper Family Affair- Sly & The Family Stone Father And Son- Cat Stevens Father Christmas- Ray Davies Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag- Country Joe Macdonald Filled With Love- Joyce Andersen- Ly Final Straw- Michael Stipe- Ly Final Straw-REM Find The Cost Of Freedom- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Flowers- The Talking Heads For My Lover- Tracy Chapman Fortunate Son- Creedence Clearwater Revival Fortunate Son- John Fogerty For What It's Worth- Stephen Stills Fragile- Sting Free At Last Chords- Joan Baez Freedom- Paul Mccartney Free Tibet- Vino Rosso Gallipoli- The Fureys Games Without Frontiers- Peter Gabriel Get Together- Chet Powers Get Up Stand Up- Bob Marley Give Ireland Back To The Irish- Paul Mccartney Give Peace A Chance- John Lennon God Save The People- Stephen Schwartz God's Comic- Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus Gods Counting On Me Gods Counting On You- Pete Seeger Goldwatch Blues- Donovan Good Company- Brian May(queen) Goodnight, Saigon- Billy Joel|