the playlist three more anti-war songs

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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.

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