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Vietnam War Protest Songs


The United States involvement in the Vietnam War (1965-1973) was extremely controversial. During those years, as well as in the subsequent decades, music artists expressed both their frustration with the U.S. government and their desire to end our involvement. 


Each student pair will be assigned a song to analyze (see projection).


Imagine by John Lennon:    Lyrics    Song

Give Peace A Chance by John Lennon:    Lyrics    Song

Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan:    Lyrics    Song

Masters of War by Bob Dylan:    Lyrics    Song

American Woman by the Guess Who:    Lyrics    Song

Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire:    Lyrics    Song

I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag by Joe MacDonald:    Lyrics    Song

The Unknown Soldier by The Doors:    Lyrics    Song

War by Edwin Starr:    Lyrics    Song

Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival:    Lyrics    Song

I Ain’t Marching Anymore by Phil Ochs:    Lyrics    Song

Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen:    Lyrics    Song

Orange Crush by R.E.M.:    Lyrics    Song

You will answer each question by reading and listening from the link/s provided for each. If you feel that you need further information for understanding, use a metasearch such as Dogpile or Unabot, or a search engine/directory such as Google or Bing. Be sure to answer each in Google Classroom, in complete sentences.

  1. Explain the songs specific message.
  2. Describe the words and phrases that are being used to convey this message.


After 20 minutes have passed, answers will be discussed/songs played, followed by an additional “exit” question.