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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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|Salvation- The Cranberries Samson & Delilah- Reverend Gary Davis Save The People- Stephen Schwarz Scarborough Fair- Canticle- Traditional School- Supertramp Searching For A Soldier's Grave- Jim Anglin Shaking The Tree- Peter Gabriel Shambala- Three Dog Night Shipbuilding- Elvis Costello Short People- Randy Newman Signs- L. Emmerson Sing A Mean Tune, Kid- Robert Lamm Singing The Spirit Home- Eric Bogle Smells Like Teen Spirit- Kurt Cobain Soldiers Of Peace- Graham Nash Song Of A Soldier- Phil Ochs Song Of Bangladesh- Joan Baez Sound Of Silence- Paul Simon Southern Man- Neil Young Springhill Mine Disaster- Luke Kelly Subterranean Homesick Blues- Bob Dylan T Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home- Sinzad O'connor Sunday, Bloody Sunday- U2.tx Sunny Came Home- Shawn Colvin Superbird- Joe Mcdonald Sweet Home Alabama- Ronnie Van Zant Sympathy For The Devil- Mick Jagger Synchronicity I- Sting Talkin' About A Revolution- Tracy Chapman Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues- Bob Dylan Talkin' World War Iii Blues- Bob Dylan Teach Your Children- Graham Nash Ten Forgotten Men- The Irish Brigade That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be- Carly Simon That Was The President- Phil Ochs The Ballad Of Ira Hayes- Bob Dylan The Battle Of Evermore- Led Zeppelin The Bomb Song Joe Mcdonald The Boxer- Paul Simon The Boys That Wore The Green- Unknown The Cannons Of Christianity- Phil Ochs The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill- John Lennon The Cruel War- Traditional The Cruel War Chords- Peter Paul And Mary The Dangling Conversation- Paul Simon The Downeaster Alexa - Billy Joel The Fields Of Athenry- Pete St John The Fool On The Hill- John Lennon The General- Dispatch The Ghost Of Tom Joad- Bruce Springsteen The Great Mandella- Peter Yarrow The Green Fields Of France- Eric Bogle The King's Shilling- Ian Sinclair The Klan- Traditional The Logical Song- Supertramp The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll- Bob Dylan The Moneygoround- Ray Davies The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- Joan Baez The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- Robbie Robertson The Passing Of My Life- Phil Ochs The Pound Is Sinking- Paul Mccartney The Power And The Glory- Phil Ochs There But For Fortune- Phil Ochs There's A War Outside- Ian Mccalman The Riflemen's Song At Bennington- Traditional The Shipyard Slips- David Wilde The Sins Of A Family- Barry Mcguire The Thresher- Phil Ochs The Times They Are A- Changin- Bob Dylan 1 The Times They Are A- Changin- Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changing- Peter Paul And Mary The War Drags On- Donovan The Wearing Of The Green- Traditional Irish The Work Of The Weavers- David Shaw They Killed Him- Kris Kristofferson This Land Is Your Land- Woody Guthrie This World Can't Stand Long- Jim Anglin Too Many Martyrs- Phil Ochs Tramp The Dirt Down- Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus Tricky Dicky- Joe Mcdonald Turn! Turn! Turn!- Pete Seeger Turn The Page- Bob Seger Turn Turn Turn- Pete Seeger Two Hangmen- Terry Talbot 1969 Union Maid- Woody Guthrie Universal Soldier- Buffy St Marie Universal Soldier- Donovan veronica- Declan Patrick Aloysius Macmanus (Elvis Costello) Victoria- Ray Davies Vigilante Man- Woody Guthrie Walking In Your Footsteps- Sting War- Jonatha Brooke- Ly War Child- Dolores O'riordan War Pigs - Black Sabbath We Don't Want Your War- Jynkz- Ly Welcome To The Black Parade- My Chemical Romance We Shall Overcome- Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome- Pete Seeger We Shall Overcome- Zilpha Hort We Want Peace- Lennie Kravitz What About Me- Dino Valente 1970 What Are Their Names- Neil Young What Are You Fighting For- Phil Ochs What Did You Learn In School Today- Pete Seeger What Have They Done To The Rain- Joan Baez What Have They Done To The Rain- Malvina Reynolds What I Am- Edie Brickell Whats Going On- Marvin Gaye What's Happening Brother- Marvin Gaye What's That I Hear- Phil Ochs What's Up- Linda Perry When I'm Gone- Phil Ochs When Margret Was Eleven- Pete St John When The Ship Comes - Bob Dylan When The Ship Comes In- Peter, Paul And Mary Where Have All The Flowers Gone- Pete Seeger Which Side- Arlo Guthrie White Rabbit- Grace Slick With God On Our Side- Bob Dylan Wooden Ships- David Crosby Woodstock- Joni Mitchell World Turned Upside Down- Bragg Billy Wounded Knee- Johnny Cash Yes, We Can, Can- Allen Toussaint Zak And Sara- Ben Folds Zombie- The Cranberries|