the playlist three more anti-war songs
War & Peace Edwin Starr (Motown/Gordy, 1970)
“War / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing”, runs the lyrics of Starr’s dramatic United States Number 1 single. It was later covered by Bruce Springsteen and Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
Radio Baghdad Trampin’ Patti Smith (Sony, 2004)
Smith’s spoken-word history of Mesopotamian science, culture and civilisation eventually becomes a clamorous critique of the “shock and awe” techniques unleashed upon Baghdad in 2003.
Brothers in Arms Brothers in Arms Dire Straits (Vertigo, 1985)
Often said to be a condemnation of the Falklands War, Mark Knopfler’s emotive ballad was in fact a more general anti-war song which nonetheless recognised the unique bond between soldiers.