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War, Peace & Conflict

Two TribesFrankie Goes To HollywoodThe lyrics were inspired by US president Ronald Reagan's belief that Christ would return after a nuclear war.4m:48sPlay Music in pop-up window
ImagineJohn LennonLennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people (religion, possessions, etc.) did not exist. He felt that would be a much better place. This song is a strong political message that is sugarcoated in a beautiful melody. Lennon realized that the softer approach would bring the song to a wider audience, who hopefully would listen to his message.3m:30sPlay Music in pop-up window
I'm Already There (Message From Home)Lonestar
Realities of war.
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Christmas In FallujahCass Dillon 4m:55sPlay Music in pop-up window
World On FireSarah MacLachlan
Written in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
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At first it was believed this was a song dedicated to a fireman who saved the lead singer from a burning house, and in doing so lost his life. However it is simply a song to all the fireman who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks. It's written from the point of view of someone who was in one of the Twin Towers as it was burning down and was rescued by a fireman who died when he went back in to help more people.
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Sky Is FallingLifehouse
Lead singer Jason Wade: "I wrote this after September 11th. I didn't write it specifically about that, but it's my observation on how quickly people can fall back into their everyday lives even after something unbelievably terrible has happened."
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Eve of destructionBarry McGuireThis song is about fear of the cold war. It can be used to teach about pacifism through protest songs.3m:53sPlay Music in new browser window
Letter To The WorldJack Gladstone
A Native American perspective on the issue of world peace - pointing out that before there was Christianity, Islam, or Judaism, or Buddha, beyond all the "isms" and "anity's" - we were children of God.
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Modern CrusadersEnigma 3m:51sPlay Music in pop-up window
Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears
Causes of war.
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Give Peace A ChanceJohn Lennon
This was recorded May 31, 1969 at a "Bed-In" Lennon staged in room 1472 of Queen Elizabeth's Hotel in Montreal. John and Yoko stayed in bed for 8 days, beginning on May 26, in an effort to promote world peace. They got a great deal of media attention, which is exactly what they wanted to promote their cause. This song quickly became the anthem of the anti-war movement as many Americans felt the country should not be fighting in Vietnam. On October 15, 1969, a multi-city demonstration called The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, took place, with protesters singing this song in mass.
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WarFrankie Goes To Hollywood
What does war achieve?
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Good for looking at the reunification of Germany after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
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This song is about unity, and how you can't change things without the support of others. It describes the lack of unity in our society today - feelings of anger, violence and helplessness.
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NineteenPaul Hardcastle
Good for exploring images/key facts about Vietnam.
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Fighter Christina Aguilera
Aguilera co-wrote this and said it was about 2 specific people who cheated and stole from her in the past and she put her trust in them. It's about believing that you can move on and not hold grudges against the people who mistreat you. 
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Peace On EarthU2
This is about tensions in Northern Ireland. Bono wrote it in one night after a bombing in the town of Omagh. The Lyrics "She never got to say goodbye, To see the colour in his eyes, now he's in the dirt" was about how James Barker, a victim, was remembered by his mother Donna Maria Barker in an article in the Irish Times after the bombing in Omagh. 
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Silent WarriorEnigma
Fighting in the name of God.
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Beds Are BurningMidnight Oil
Conflict about the taking & ruining of aboriginal lands in Australia.
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Heal the WorldMichael Jackson6m:23sPlay Music in new browser window