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There was a time when the music spoke to the people.

Jefferson Airplane

Hey now it's time for you and me
Got a revolution got to revolution
Come on now we're marching to the sea
Got a revolution got to revolution
Who will take it from you
We will and who are we
We are volunteers of America

Youngbloods

Love is but the song we sing,
And fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Know the dove is on the wing
And you need not know why
C'mon people now,
Smile on your brother
Ev'rybody get together
Try and love one another right now

Buffalo Springfield

There's battle lines being drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
I think it's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Sly & The Family Stone

There is a blue one who can't accept the green one
For living with a fat one trying to be a skinny one
And different strokes for different folks
And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo-bee
Oh sha sha - we got to live together
I am no better and neither are you
We are the same whatever we do
You love me you hate me you know me and then
You can't figure out the bag l'm in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah

Bob Dylan

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

The Doors

What have they done to the Earth, yeah
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn,
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.

I hear a very gentle sound,
With your ear down to the ground.
We want the world and we want it...
We want the world and we want it —
Now.
Now?
NOW!

(Late note: this diary is not a commentary about the state of today's music scene, as a whole; it's a commentary about the state of today's music industry, the bands that are allowed airplay in the corporate media, and the general silence from nearly all today's chart-topping acts.

It's also just a chance to revisit some wonderful songs.)

Originally posted to Laurence Lewis on Sun Sep 09, 2007 at 08:58 PM PDT.

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