Songs For Change

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Bob Dylan was a bona fide believer in the power of song to create change.

During Bob Dylan’s acceptance speech at the lavish December 1963 award ceremony for the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, when he basically alienated the mostly white audience, he criticized the recent freedom march on Washington: “I looked around at all the Negroes there and I didn’t see any Negroes that looked like none of my friends. My friends don’t wear suits.”

Obviously addressing his own suit-wearing audience, he then shocked the crowd further by saying he and Lee Harvey Oswald had a lot in common. As the booing started, he walked off.

Bob Dylan may not have the best voice, but he became the voice of a generation.


Do you have a song advocating any kind of social change, advocacy, or peace? If yes, please feel free to send it here.

Here are other songs for peace and some memorable lyrics from the song...


"And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong; for rich and the poor ones, the world is so wrong. And so happy Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red one, let's stop all the fight."

We are the world (are the world) / We are the children (are the children) / We are the ones who'll make a brighter day, so let's start giving (so let's start giving)

"Love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves, this is our last dance, this is ourselves under pressure."

"Let's talk about living, had enough of dying, not what we all about. Let's do more giving, do more forgiving, our souls were brought together so that we could love each other"


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