Who’s gonna stand up (and save the earth)?

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This acoustic solo recording of Neil Young’s song, Who’s Gonna Stand Up, was released to coincide with the People’s Climate March in New York yesterday.

Lyrics below:

Who’s Gonna Stand Up

Protect the wild, tomorrow’s child
Protect the land from the greed of man
Take down the dams, stand up to oil
Protect the plants, and renew the soil

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Damn the dams, save the rivers
Starve the takers and feed the givers
Build a dream, save the world
We’re the people known as earth

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Ban fossil fuel, draw the line
Before we build, one more pipeline
Ban fracking now, save the waters
And build a life, for our sons and daughters

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up

This is Neil Young performing the song ‘live’:

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Jihan

“Rockin’ in the Free World” is another song by Neil Young (1989), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdiCJUysIT0 The song is on occasion used as a pro-America anthem, which ignores many of the ironic overtones of the lyrics. While the chorus does seem to celebrate the United States, it’s juxtaposed with grim verses which paint a haunting portrait of life in modern America – the song is sometimes interpreted as a critique of the “keep on rocking in the free world” sentiment that US citizens use to ignore global problems that don’t concern them. There’s colors on the street Red, white and blue People shufflin’… Read more »

OWC

Songs that are relevant to the struggle against the current situation in Malaysia are: “Joan Baez’s We Shall Overcome (1963) – originally focused on the civil rights movement, was a powerful way to bring people of different races, classes, backgrounds, religions – but one shared value – together, and now has become the song any group trying to stand against old and needing-to-change practices uses. So I think it both changed, and continues to change, the world for the better. “Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come (1963) – it was influential during the civil rights movement, particularly after Martin… Read more »