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Favorite Peace Songs

With Martin Luther King’s birthday coming up it’s a good time to think of favorite peace songs.  He was the champion against the three great evils of racism, materialism, and militarism.  He died exactly one year to the day after giving a major antiwar speech.

My personal favorite is “When the Empire Falls” played at the end of the movie “The American Ruling Class”.  Final Lyrics:

As hellfire rains from the predator, Empire falls.

And the empty lies meant to justify Will echo through the halls.

We won’t stand by and just let it burn, We can stand tall

And we’ll stop the war and we’ll help the poor, When the empire falls.

And the faceless corporations will be taking a vacation

‘Cause the world is free for democracy When the empire falls.

Then there is Gil Scott-Heron’s “Work for Peace” with the famous refrain:

“The military and the monetary, they get together when they think its necessary.”

Lastly comes “Abraham Martin and John” put together after that terrible Spring when both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were gunned down.  The refrain goes:

He freed a lot of people,

But it seems the good they die young.

I just looked around and he’s gone.


And the final passage:

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?

Can you tell me where he’s gone?

I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill,

With Abraham, Martin and John.


For Lyrics:

Dr. Peace, Dr. Bob Reuschlein,, 608-230-6640,

For audio of this message including some singing:


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