Quotes: Protest Song

"In this song there was nothing from the old, slavish world. It floated along directly, evenly; it proclaimed an iron virility, a calm threat. Simple, clear, it swept the people after it along an endless path leading to the far distant future; and it spoke frankly about the hardships of the way. In its steady fire a heavy clod seemed to burn and melt - the sufferings they had endured, the dark load of their habitual feelings, their cursed dread of what was coming."
Maxim Gorky, from his novel Mother, on the "Worker's Marseillaise"

"We got to fight the Powers That Be!"
Public Enemy, "Fight The Power"

Satan: ''Beyond these doors is an agony worse than all others... you will remain in here for eternity listening to... [opens door] WHINY PROTEST SONGS FROM THE SIXTIES!
Singer: Oh I hate the government
More than you hate me
The government took my goldfish
And unplugged my TV
Warners: [Scream]
Animaniacs, "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled"

Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
Yes, everything's gone wrong since Canada came along!
Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
They're not even a real country anyway!

We are protesting by bobbing our heads up and down, by being angry and not voting. We're really going to make a difference.

"You have to admire people who sing these songs. It takes a certain amount of courage to get up in a coffee house or a college auditorium and come out in favor of the things that everybody else in the audience is against, like peace and justice and brotherhood and so on..."