Music has traditionally been a driving drive behind political and social change, whether or not it was heralding within the peace motion or supporting the battle for civil rights within the US.

Songwriters have additionally over current many years been highlighting how greed and over-development have led to environmental degradation and social injustice.

BBC 4 is at present airing the sequence Born to be Wild, showcasing how music has empowered younger folks to problem the established order. And historian Howard Zinn has written about how musicians have a selected function “to transcend typical knowledge, to transcend the phrase of the institution, to transcend the orthodoxy, to transcend and escape what’s handed down by the federal government or what is alleged within the media.”

I wished to spotlight the artists who’ve over time been bringing environmental and social points to their thousands and thousands of listeners. This is available in two elements. At this time are the singers giving voice to our existential angst and the despair round our unsustainable lives, whereas tomorrow will probably be highlighting songs of hope.

The roster contains legends similar to Joni Mitchell, the Seaside Boys, Marvin Gaye, The Doorways and Leonard Cohen in addition to more moderen acts similar to folks singer Martha Tilston and hip hop group Black Eyed Peas. The track decisions have come from the alumni of the masters programme of sustainability and duty at Ashridge enterprise faculty and you’ll take heed to lots of them on Spotify.

I think there are numerous extra so please do add your track decisions within the feedback part, together with the precise lyrics which have touched you.

Tomorrow we’ll characteristic songs that can banish the blues and encourage you to motion, written by the likes of Elvis Presley, R.E.M, Rage Towards the Machine and Bob Marley. However for now, let’s go away it to the artists to inform their story.

Joni Mitchell – Huge Yellow Taxi


They paved paradise
And put up a parking zone
With a pink resort, a boutique
And a swinging sizzling spot
Do not it all the time appear to go
That you do not know what you’ve got acquired
Until it is gone

They paved paradise
And put up a parking zone
They took all of the bushes
Put ’em in a tree museum
They usually charged the folks
A greenback and a half simply to see ’em

The Seaside Boys – A Day In The Life Of A Tree


Timber like me weren’t meant to reside
(Oh Lord I lay me down)
If all this earth may give
(My branches to the bottom)
Is air pollution and gradual dying
(There’s nothing left for me)

Oh Lord I lay me down
My branches to the bottom
There’s nothing left for me

Ane Brun – One other World


I would like one other place
The place there will be peace
I would like one other world
This one’s practically gone
Nonetheless have too many goals
By no means seen the sunshine
I would like one other world
A spot the place I can go

I am gonna miss the ocean
I am gonna miss the snow
I am gonna miss the bees
I will miss the issues that develop

I am gonna miss the bushes
I am gonna miss the solar
I will miss the animals
I am gonna miss you all

I would like one other place
The place there will be peace
I would like one other world
This one’s practically gone

Martha Tilston – Firms


And all the firms
have an obligation to the shareholders
to sit down spherical an enormous desk
and reduce each slice simply as fats.
they have to make extra
devour
get wealthy.

But when cash is invisible
and it usually makes you depressing.
Do you see the place I am going with this
what are all of us looking?

Michael Jackson – Earth Track


What about dawn
What about rain
What about all of the issues
That you simply stated we have been to achieve…
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all of the issues
That you simply stated was yours and mine…
Did you ever cease to note
All of the blood we have shed earlier than
Did you ever cease to note
This crying Earth this weeping shores?

What have we performed to the world
Look what we have performed
What about all of the peace
That you simply pledge your solely son…
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all of the goals
That you simply stated was yours and mine…
Did you ever cease to note
All the youngsters lifeless from warfare
Did you ever cease to note
This crying Earth this weeping shores
I used to dream
I used to look past the celebs
Now I do not know the place we’re
Though I do know we have drifted far

Johnny Money – Do not go close to the water


There was a time the air was clear
And you may see perpetually ‘cross the plains
The wind was candy as honey
And nobody had ever heard of acid rain

We’re torturin’ the earth
And pourin’ each sort of evil within the sea
We violated nature
And our youngsters should pay the penalty

Do not go close to the water youngsters
See the fish all lifeless upon the shore
Do not go close to the water
‘Trigger the water is not water anymore

Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)


Woo ah, mercy mercy me
Ah issues ain’t what they was, no no
The place did all of the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father
Ah issues ain’t what they was, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish stuffed with mercury
Ah oh mercy, mercy me
Ah issues ain’t what they was, no no
Radiation beneath floor and within the sky
Animals and birds who reside close by are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Ah issues ain’t what they was
What about this overcrowded land
How way more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, na na…
My candy Lord… No
My Lord… My candy Lord

The Black Eyed Peas – The place Is The Love?


I really feel the load of the world on my shoulder
As I am gettin’ older, y’all, folks will get colder
Most of us solely care about cash makin’
Selfishness acquired us followin’ the mistaken course

Flawed data all the time proven by the media
Detrimental photographs is the principle standards
Infecting the younger minds quicker than micro organism
Children wanna act like what they see within the cinema

Yo’, no matter occurred to the values of humanity
No matter occurred to the equity and equality
As an alternative of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of expertise, main us away from unity

Midnight Oil – Put Down That Weapon


Underneath the waterline
No place to retire
To a different time
The eyes of the world now flip

And if we give it some thought
And if we speak about it
And if the skies go darkish with rain
Are you able to inform me does our freedom stay

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