* Music/GunsNRoses' "Civil War"
--> ''What's so civil about war anyway?''
* Edwin Starr's song "War" cuts straight to the chase.
--> ''War! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothin'!''
* Music/EricBogle's song "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda". As an old UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran who lost his legs at Gallipoli sits on his porch, watching the veterans march past every ANZAC Day, he muses:
--> ''The young people ask what are they marching for, and I ask m'self the same question.''
** Also his song, ''No Man's Land''.
--> ''But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land\\
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand\\
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man\\
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned''
* "Mama", from Music/MyChemicalRomance's ''Music/TheBlackParade''.
-->''"But the shit that I've done with this fuck of a gun\\
You would cry out your eyes all night long...''
* "War Is Hell (On the Homefront, Too)," a No. 1 country song for T.G. Sheppard in 1982. A twist on the trope, the song set during World War II sees a 16-year-old grocery delivery boy have his first sexual encounter with the wife of a soldier stationed on the front lines overseas. The woman relates her loneliness and burning desire for sexual intimacy by telling the boy the title line.
* "Godspeed" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
* "Hero of War" by Music/RiseAgainst
** Just [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfAV3mJrGY listen to it]]
* The aria 'War, he sung, is toil and trouble' from Handel's ''Alexander's Feast''.
* "Eve of Destruction" written by P. F. Sloan and most famously performed by Barry [=McGuire=].
-->''"If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away.\\
There'll be no one to save, with the world in a grave."''
* "The Patriot Game",
--> ''"And now as I lie here, my body all holes,\\
I think of those traitors who bargained in souls\\
And I wish that my rifle had given the same\\
To those quislings who sold out the patriot game"''
* "One" by Music/{{Metallica}}. ([[FilkSong based on]] ''Literature/JohnnyGotHisGun'', covered above) Also "Disposable Heroes", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", and arguably "Hero of the Day". They're pretty big on this theme.
* Music/IronMaiden's "2 Minutes to Midnight"
--> ''"The body bags and little rags of children torn in two. And the jellied brains of those who remain who point the finger right at you. As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song. To the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun."''
** Given their pechant for war-based ([[UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar "The Trooper"]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI "Paschendale"]], [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII "The Longest Day"]], [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns"]], [[UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar "Como Estais Amigos?"]]) or anti-war ("The Aftermath", "Blood In The World's Hands", "Afraid To Shoot Strangers", "Mother of Mercy") songs, it's a recurring theme in Maiden's music.
* Music/BlackSabbath's ''War Pigs'' and especially ''Electric Funeral'' from ''Music/{{Paranoid}}''.
* Music/SonataArctica's "Replica", especially the older version. "Destruction Preventer" also gives off this vibe.
--> ''Now tell me, who won here, tonight?\\
The price of winning worthless fights?''
* Music/{{Trivium}}'s "Down From the Sky" is about dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII.
* Music/LArcEnCiel's "Hoshizora" is about both the aftermath of either the Tokyo firebombings or Hiroshima and dedicated to the children of Iraq.
--> ''Flickering hot air is the remains of a dream,\\
a town that fears the darkness goes to sleep\\
A small happiness above the rubble, I was born here,\\
I who watches the stars. nobody knows. nobody cares.\\
I have lost everything to bombs.''
* "Some Mother's Son" by Music/TheKinks
* "Hell is a War," by Music/{{Annihilator}}:
-->See the people suffering, watch the children die\\
Doesn't it make you wonder why?\\
Money and power, the television's red\\
One by one, they collect the dead\\
Hell is a war - hell, what is it for?
* Music/{{Muse}}'s ''A Soldier's Poem''.
** ''Map of the Problematique'' has elements of this, although the main subject matter is different.
* The discography of Music/{{Galneryus}} up until 2009 is pretty equally split between this trope and WarIsGlorious. Some of the best for this trope would be "Blame Yourself" and "Stardust."
* ''I Was Only Nineteen (A Walk in the Light Green)'' by Redgum, which details the various horrors faced by the ANZAC troops in Vietnam.
--> God help me, I was only nineteen.
* The Music/KaizersOrchestra song "170", about a volunteer soldier (given the number "170" and never referred to by name) who leaves behind his pregnant wife to fight in a war. The song ends as his CO sends him over the top first to check if all is clear, and no response comes. The song "Død manns tango" (Dead Man's Tango) involves a veteran who's been forgotten by the world and paralysed from the waist down: It's possible it's the same person.
* Music/{{Nightwish}}'s "Planet Hell" and "10th Man Down."
* Music/{{Sabaton}} singing almost entirely about war, uses this trope from time to time. Some notable examples:
** "Cliffs of Gallipoli"
--> ''"How many wasted lives\\
how many dreams did fade away\\
broken promises they won't be coming home\\
Oh mothers wipe your tears\\
your sons will rest a million years\\
found their peace at last as foe turned to friend\\
and forgive"''
** "Angels Calling":
-->''"Hell on earth, the trenches mean death, better keep your head down low\\
Charge their lines, the ultimate test it's a synchronized sacrifice\\
Get the wounded after dark\\
Left alone in no man's land\\
Maddening chaos at the front\\
Dream of heaven. Angels are calling your name"''
** "A Light In The Black":
--> ''"Leaving home, set to sea\\
Was this really meant to be?\\
See the shore of our home fade away\\
Facing blood, facing pain\\
Have our brothers died in vain?\\
Many lives has been lost on the way"''
** ''The Price of a Mile'' (over on the [[Quotes/WarIsHell quotes page]]), about the bitter stupid bloody battles of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
** "A Lifetime Of War" (English version):
--> ''"Has man gone insane?\\
A few will remain\\
Who'll find a way\\
To live one more day\\
Through decades of war\\
It spreads like disease\\
There's no sign of peace\\
Religion and greed\\
Cause millions to bleed\\
[[UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar Three decades of war]]"''
*** The Swedish version offers a more personal view on the war.
** They also covered the aforementioned "[[{{Music/Metallica}} For Whom the Bell Tolls]]."
* Benjamin Britten's ''War Requiem'' sets nine poems by Wilfred Owen to music and surrounds them with OminousLatinChanting. The standard text of "Agnus Dei" in the Requiem mass replaces the line "Dona nobis pacem" (Grant us peace) with "Dona eis requiem sempiternam" (Grant them everlasting rest); the "Agnus Dei" in the ''War Requiem'' uses both.
* "Army Dreamers" by Music/KateBush.
* "This Is Why We Fight" by Music/TheDecemberists:
-->''"Come the war, come the avarice\\
Come the war, come hell\\
Come attrition, come the reek of bones\\
Come attrition, come hell"''
* "Masters of War" by Music/BobDylan from ''Music/TheFreewheelinBobDylan''.
** The cover by Music/TheStapleSingers was made famous by Resistance 3.
* Music/BillyJoel's "Goodnight Saigon", about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, is well known for its realism and the many [[TearJerker hearts it broke.]] To give an example, ''these'' are the opening lines.
--> ''"We met as soul mates on Parris Island\\
We left as inmates from an asylum\\
And we were sharp, as sharp as knives\\
And we were so gung-ho to lay down our lives..."''
* This is a common theme used in the Music/{{Gorillaz}} anti-violence ballads, but "Dirty Harry" from ''Music/DemonDays''(namely the rap solo) is an especially good sample:
--> ''"I got a ninety-days digit and I'm filled with guilt\\
From the things that I've seen\\
Your water's from a bottle / Mine's from a canteen\\
At night I hear the shots ring, so I'm a light sleeper\\
The cost of life, it seems to get cheaper..."''
* Music/SmileEmptySoul has a few of these such as "This Is War" and "God's Army" where they make their opinion on the subject extremely clear.
* Music/ToxicHolocaust use the exact phrase in "War Is Hell," which includes near nearly 1 minute of chanting "war is fucking hell."
* "Still Spinning Shrapnel" by Music/{{Skyclad}}.
* God Dethroned released a concept album based on the battle of Paschendale. They did not skimp on the details.
* Thrash Metal band Warbringer seems to invoke this trope more often than not, especially the song 'Forgotten Dead', below. YMMV, as they tend to toe the line between condemning and glorifying war with their explicit, visceral lyrics.
--> ''"The whistle blows, you are forced to advance into oncoming machine gun fire\\
Caught in the blast as the mines detonate lifeless bodies hang from barbed wire\\
Stabbed through the gut by a bayonet, blood chokes your scream\\
Another dying sould is laid upon the altar ofmankind's greed"''
* Music/AvengedSevenfold has the song "M.I.A." on ''City of Evil'', "Gunslinger" on the self-titled album, "Danger Line" on ''Nightmare'', the title track of ''Hail to the King'' and "Angels" on ''Music/TheStage''... It's a theme that inspires them apparently.
* Carach Angren's "The Funerary Dirge of a Violinist"
--> And so the instrument of peace is silenced by the one of war \\
It plays the music of the dead; music made of lead\\
I've had enough of this sickening war and it's murderous puppets!\\
They don't understand the language of music cannot be spoken in death
* "Combat" from Music/HeavenShallBurn deals with child soldiers.
--> You are an orphan now,\\
Adopted by the beast of war\\
The end of all your childhood dreams has come\\
A life of combat, forevermore
* Phil Ochs's SignatureSong is considered to be be ''I Ain't Marching Anymore''.
--> For I marched to the battles of the German trench\\
In a war that was bound to end all wars\\
Oh I must have killed a million men\\
And now they want me back again\\
But I ain't marchin' anymore
* The traditional Irish anti-war song ''Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya'' details the maiming the titular soldier receives when off fighting, and the horror of people seeing him when he returns.
--> Where are your legs that used to run \\
When you went to carry a gun \\
Indeed your dancing days are done \\
Oh Johnny, I hardly knew ye. \\
... \\
Ye haven't an arm, ye haven't a leg \\
Ye're an armless, boneless, chickenless egg \\
Ye'll have to be put with a bowl out to beg \\
Oh Johnny I hardly knew ye. \\

* Music/TomWaits: "Hell Broke Luce" from ''Music/BadAsMe''.
* Music/OldCrowMedicineShow: "Big Time In the Jungle"
* "War" by Music/BobMarley from ''Music/RastamanVibration'', based on a speech by Haile Selassie for the UN.
* ''Music/WarInaBabylon'' by Music/MaxRomeo.
* "Mars: Bringer Of War" by Music/GustavHolst from ''The Planets''.
* Australian folksinger Judy Small's "Mothers, Daughters, Wives" is about the women the soldiers left behind, and how their roles changed as the men of each successive generation left and, perhaps, never came back.
--> Then your daughters grew to women, and your little boys to men \\
And you prayed that you were dreaming, when the call-up came again! \\
But you bravely smiled, and held your tears, as they proudly waved goodbye, \\
But the photos on the mantlepiece, they always made you cry.
* ''No Bravery'' by Music/JamesBlunt focuses especially on the horror of the civilian population.
* The unfinished song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qefkpHM7SaM Ronin]]" by Music/{{Cormorant}} explores this theme. Even though it was a 1/4 of the way finished, Arthur von Nagel provided the rest of the lyrics.
-->You once visited the graves \\
Of the heroes and the knaves, \\
Asked God why it wasn't you, \\
Why you lost the will to live, \\
Why your homeland wouldn't give
* A lot of lyrics of later Music/{{Dismember}}, particularly on ''Massive Killing Capacity''. From "On Frozen Fields":
--> On frozen fields of horror \\
March through the firestorm \\
Mangeled victims lay \\
Forgotten and forlorn
* Music/{{Kreator}}'s ''Warcurse'' makes it clear what the song is about from the very first lines:
--> Envision World War Two \\
In a land that's ruled by hate and hunger \\
I guide the fading souls \\
As bodies drown in flames
* Galaxy Hunter's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80JFxqaM1Eg "Kandahar"]] is about a platoon of soldiers fighting UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror in Afghanistan.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70HRcrp9wgc "Out in the Fields"]] by [[Music/ThinLizzy Gary Moore & Phil Lynott]] is a [[LyricalDissonance deceptively upbeat]] song whose lyrics warn that "No color, religion, flag, or uniform ever stopped a bullet from a gun".