John Lennon – Give Peace a Chance – Lyrics about the insanity of war and the need to give peace a chance.

I hadn’t finished my Lennon day – so I thought I’d continue it a while.

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I am proud of him

At the height of his fame and celebrity John did everything innhuis power to try to promote world peace. He tried to create a media storm with stunt after stunt. All he got for his efforts was ridicule and bad press. It did not deter him.

He used his wealth and fame to do something good.

Good on him. I admire that. If only everyone else had joined in we might have achieved something more.

The establishment would have been happier if he had been in favour of blowing people to pieces.

This song was made up on the spur of the moment. It is simple and brilliant.

Give Peace a Chance

Sinisters, Banisters and canisters
Bishops and Fishops and Rabbis and Pop eyes,
And bye bye, bye byes.

All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace…

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15 thoughts on “John Lennon – Give Peace a Chance – Lyrics about the insanity of war and the need to give peace a chance.

    1. Yeah it is a sad reflection on the sate of affairs and lack of a cohesive movement of social concern in the music business. So who is around that are putting it into words like Dylan did?

      1. Johnny Dowd
        Hamell On Trial
        Micah P Hinson
        Margo Price
        Sufjan Stevens
        Jake Holmes
        Kevin Devine
        Bright Eyes
        The Handsome Family
        Devendra Banhart
        Bobby Conn
        Arcade Fire
        to name just a few.

      2. Having heard some of these and got some of these on CD I would not say that the ones I’ve heard are anywhere near the same class and by no means full of social protest or comment like Dylan was.

      3. You mean you’ve got some on CDR that you copied for free off Spotify or something. There’s no fucking way you ever walked into a shop and paid cash for a new release from any of these people. They are SO off your radar.
        If you don’t know what the likes of Johnny Dowd, Hammell on Trial, Bobby Conn, Jake Holmes are about, then that’s your problem.
        It’s 2017 Opher. People don’t sit there anymore copying Bod Dylan, FFS. That copy-cat stuff stopped when you stopped buying records circa 1974.

        You have also made the age-old mistake by assuming that every song Dylan recorded was by nature “protest”.
        That’s a fallacy usually espoused by people who usually don’t know all his material too well.
        Plus the fact that he only really focused on that sort of material for a relatively short time frame.

    2. More of the same Andrew.
      I have at least six albums by Bright Eyes to start with – along with a bunch of bootlegs. I went over to see him in Leeds with my son. A big disappointment.
      Nobody is more aware than me that Dylan doesn’t do any stuff of social significance anymore and has hardly done any since the mid sixties. The stuff he did do before then was brilliant and changed the mental outlook of a generation. Nobody has come close!

      1. More of the same what, Opher?

        Bright Eyes is a band, as opposed to a “him”.
        Seeing a band live isn’t always a reflection of their records.
        Harper live on too many occasions would be a case in point, where he’s played some terribly under-rehearsed fair that in no way reflect his albums.

        Had you heard of any of the others.
        Johnny Dowd was over here playing just recently.

        I think you might find a few others that are just as aware of Dylan’s output than you. .
        There’s a vast amount of people that actually attend the gigs quite regularly and get to hear some mid-sixties songs in person. He plays them in a variety of styles.

        I’m also led to suspect that you’ve either never heard or remained carelessly unaware of a number of protest songs contained within Dylan’s albums of more recent years – at least more recent than when you were last fully aware of his output.

      2. As if I didn’t know. I went to see him remember. He was very poor.
        More of the same boring, pedantic, fiddling over silly minor details while completely losing sight of the main points. All a subversive diversion of no consequence. Boring boring boring.

      3. You asked were there any protest singers around today.
        So I forwarded the names of about a dozen contemporary acts.
        So, you had heard of one of them. Didn’t like them.
        What about the rest?
        So you didn’t catch Johnny Dowd on tour recently?
        He’s brilliant and sometimes also plays with Jim White.

        Then you go on to state that Dylan doesn’t write protest songs anymore.
        I suggested you were very wrong. Try listening to the albums.
        This is what happens with all you mp3 chumps, you never get to hear a record, just a song here and there.
        It’s no sooner downloaded onto your pc and it’s buried away on a file that’s forgotten about in 2 hours.
        I fucking despise mp3 music chumps. They are clueless and have no sense of what the album they have just downloaded fro free is about.

        You then make claims of boring.
        You never heard Hamell On Trial, did you?
        Hahahaha! What an idiot comment, Opher.

        You know what you’re suffering from?
        One foot in the fucking grave syndrome.
        You’re half-fucking dead mate. Or at least behaving as such.
        You’re so full of putrid hate and distrust and anything that’s not of your 1970’s world is just not worth a deco.
        Your inertia is killing you.

      4. No I haven’t caught Johnny Dowd. I’ll look out for him.
        I am well aware that Dylan throws in the occasional thing of social interest but nothing extraordinary. I have everything the guy produced except the previous one of standards – the first of them was hard enough to cope with – even so I’ll probably buy it somewhere real cheap at some time. I even have his lamentable Christmas one and bought Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and Bob Dylan for some obscure reason. The fact is that nothing sadly lives up to those sixties albums. I do like some of the others. There are some excellent ones and a smattering of outstanding songs but ……

      5. Oh by the way – ‘You know what you’re suffering from?
        One foot in the fucking grave syndrome.
        You’re half-fucking dead mate. Or at least behaving as such.
        You’re so full of putrid hate and distrust and anything that’s not of your 1970’s world is just not worth a deco.
        Your inertia is killing you.’ More contemptuous juvenile silliness. I’ll refrain from comment. You show yourself up with your imbecilic rudeness.

      6. It might be worthwhile finding out why he did a few of these albums.
        ‘Dylan’ was the Self Portrait outtakes collection which was deleted very quickly.
        The Christmas album was just for fun, no big deal with all profits to charity.
        The 2 recent Sinatra covers albums are just because he wanted to and had wanted to for a long time. No big deal there either. It’s hardly groundbreaking.

        Don’t know what your problem with Self Portrait is. There’s some excellent and unusual songs in there, with the expanded Bootleg Series Vol 10 providing more.
        I suppose you either like original non-commercial Country music or you don’t.

        I think your inertia stems from the fact that you haven’t properly listened to many of his albums for the longest time.
        Or were expecting him to churn out rewrite after rewrite of Blowin’ In The Wind? How many times would he get away with that?
        Dylan is by no means such a one trick pony.
        He doesn’t only have to sing a protest song with just an acoustic guitar.

      7. Yep I know. Dylan was contractual and a throw away. Though I have heard him say that he wanted to get people off his back.
        Self Portrait I just don’t like, as with Nashville Skyline. The Christmas one and 2 standards covers are not my cup of tea.
        Dylan is complex and far from a one-trick pony and I love some of his later albums. I love a lot of his electric stuff best and the ‘protest’, if that is the right word, from later. I wish he’d still do more of it.
        Doesn’t do to like everything. I have my tastes. The country stuff is not high on my list of things I enjoy. It’s not inertia – it’s a question of likes and dislikes. I like songs I can lyrically get my teeth into and a variety of music.
        The two religious albums I dislikes because of the banal lyrics but enjoyed the music.
        Dylan does his own thing. Most I love, some I don’t. Fine with me.

  1. My favourite songwriter. A great more or less improvised song. Just quoted John Lennon on this subject in my last song of the week post:

    “I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. And I think that’s what I sussed when I was sixteen and twelve, way down the line. …I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends, you know. If anybody can put on paper what our government, and the American government, and the Russian, Chinese… what they are all trying to do, and what they THINK they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I am liable to be put away as insane for expressing that, you know. That’s what is insane about it. I mean, don’t you agree?” John Lennon

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