Here we will take a look at five random songs about war that hope for peace. You may already know these songs or you may not – either way, hope you enjoy them and the message they bring.
Sell Out – The Levellers
Featured on the 1991 album ‘Levelling The Land’, the song ‘Sell Out’ was written about the first Gulf War. The very first line (‘The year is 1991’) sounds as if it was very time sensitive but the truth is you could replace the year within any year and there would still be a relevance.
For me personally, the lyrics seem to have a very thought-provoking ideology behind them, that would make the listener question some of the things they may have taken for granted. Propaganda is mentioned, racism is touched upon. Although the lyrics may not answer any questions (which ones ever do) it does leave the listener pondering.
Profit In Peace – Ocean Colour Scene
From the album ‘One From The Modern’ this song was released as a single in the UK in 1999, peaking at number 13. The moral of the song is that as long as profit does not exist in peace, war will always continue.
For me personally, the thoughts expressed within the lyrics seem to ring true. The fact that there is no profit in peace can easily lead to the thought that war is a necessity. Really does make you think!
We Believe – Queen + Paul Rodgers
Featured on the album ‘The Cosmos Rocks’, this Brian May written song is arguably one of the stand out tracks on the album. Only released as a single in Italy, the lyrics are very thought-provoking.
Lyrically of course (like so many others) it offers up no solutions and deals only with what some of the problems are. But that is not a bad thing. I really think that lyrically it leaves the listener with enough questions that it starts to make them think.
Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
This funk song by Stevie Wonder was originally released in 1973 on the album ‘Innervisions’. It was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the album ‘Mother’s Milk’. The song itself has a religious overtone about wanting to improve oneself.
On face value, some of the lyrics may appear naïve or idealistic but it does raise some good points. It is almost saying that even though some things done are repeated, if we want to make a difference in the future we have to learn from previous mistakes and grow into a better position.
Civil War – Guns And Roses
One of the few songs to be recorded with no accompanying music video, Civil War by Guns and Roses was originally released on the album ‘Use Your Illusion II’ in 1990. The song can be summed up as a protest song on war.
These lyrics, much like those of all the above songs, may have been written deliberately about something at the time but could easily have been written at any time and would still be relevant.