The international day of peace is a day when people are raised awareness of the bad impacts of wars. In 2019, the main theme was to take action against climate change for peace. The ambassador of peace Prem Rawat said during his talk on the International Peace Day that war and peace are in each individual. It is also a day when people are sensitized to avoid violence and war.
To reach that objective, songwriters have designed special songs to inspire people to peace and to go against war and use of force.
Discover 10 songs against war
1. "Mosh" by Eminem
Rap singer Eminem raised public awareness of the danger of weapons of mass destruction at wars. It is a call for the attention of the leaders, especially the country leader or president to take measures to stop the use of machine guns during armed conflicts. "Mosh" was designed especially to make direct references to the president
Bush administration, which interfered during the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. The song also aims to get the attention of the leaders to listen to the representative of the population when they speak to them. The song was written after the presidential election in 2004.
2. "One" by Metallica
Metallica is a popular rock band in the 1980s. They composed the song from getting inspiration from the Dalton Trumbo's novel entitled "Johnny Got his Gun", that was published in 1939 during the Great Depression in the USA. The song describes the sad life of a veteran soldier who had returned from the war with his injured body, becoming blind, dumb, and deaf, and also crippled.
However, he still has a good memory of what had happened at the war. The end of the songs describes the veteran's death wish as his life had become so pointless.
3. "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Sgt. Barry Sadler
Barry Sadler was a doctor apart from being a sergeant during the Vietnam War. During the war, he got seriously injured, and returned to his village. At that time, he got acquainted with Robin Moore, a renowned author, whose best-seller was entitled " The Green Berets". The novel relates the different events and happenings in the army.
Sergeant Barry Sadler was inspired by the author to write patriotic songs about the military and soldier's life. The song melody is from the folk song, "The Butcher Boy". The song was popular in 1985.
4. "Devils & Dust" by Bruce Springsteen
Pop singer Bruce Springsteen recorded the song entitled "Devils & Dust" in 2005. He had composed other popular songs like "Born in the USA" and "Last to Die" for the soldiers who had fought in Vietnam and in Iraq. The song describes the disastrous effects and the aftermaths of the wars.
It also highlights the futility of war since it does nothing but killing people and destroying things. In fact, the song shows the reason why soldiers kill, which is to survive. However, when they returned from the war, the things they had dearly loved had stopped from being.
5. "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band
The song was a hit in 1969. The song was inspired from the bed talk about peace between John Lennon and his spouse Yoko Ono. Soon after that, they recorded the song together. "Give Peace a Chance" is mainly about the hope for the possibility of world peace, just like what the ambassador of peace,
Prem Rawat says in his unique message of peace. The song was sung a lot to protest against the Vietnam War. It is mainly about a call for nonviolence and peace.
6. "When the Tigers Broke Free" by Pink Floyd
Singer Roger Waters felt sad that his father had lost his life from the war against the German Nazis during the World War II. He openly blamed the British army for not sparing any lives.
The song featured in his popular movie and album, The Wall, in 1982. It was later retracted from the album because the other members of the band thought that it only addressed the life of Roger Waters, instead of addressing a more common issue.
7. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2
The song relates the battles for Republic Independence in Ireland. It was elected as the hit song in the US rock radio. The Times magazine described it as the most outspoken song about protests. Sunday Bloody Sunday aimed at raising awareness of the frustration from the ravages caused by conflicts in Northern Ireland.
At that time, a civil war broke out in that country. Therefore, the singer made a call to the world to give a hand to stop the conflicts, which had killed 14 civilians during their peaceful march in January 1972.
8. "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire
"Eve of Destruction" was a popular solo by Barry McGuire, a renowned Christian singer. The singer belonged to the New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s. He was the lead vocalist in the group. The main message in the song concerns the Vietnam War and other social concerns.
The song raised a controversy among the US radio, since it somehow criticized the efforts by the US government during the Vietnam War. Thus, they were reluctant to broadcast it on the radio.
9. "World Destruction" by Time Zone
John Lydon recorded "World Destruction" to protest against the nuclear war when President Ronald Reagan made a reference about it in his speech. He composed the song with the hip-hop singer Africa Bambaataa in 1984. The song describes the annihilation of human race and the total destruction of the world after the nuclear war.
10. "Machine Gu" by Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix plays the role of a civilian farmer, whose body was torn by war. Aside from that, he lost his family members from war. He describes the killings during the war, in which the soldiers shot the farmer down to the ground. Obviously, Jimmy Hendrix wants to raise awareness of the fact that soldiers kill people who are without defense and who cannot fight back against them.