Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties, Songs Beginning with G
During the eighties, the topic of nuclear war seemed to come up a lot. It was
on the news frequently due to the arms build up under the Regean era. At one
point I think there was enough fire power to destroy the world 100 times over
(it's probably still something ridiculous like that though). With the end of
the cold war all seemed fine, although recent events in India and Pakistan
does help remind us that it could be triggered by almost any mad man who is
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No one alive - it's a ghost town.
"Glad It's All Over," by Captain Sensible
We're fightin' for the gods of war But what the hell we fightin' for We're fightin' with the gods of war But I'm a rebel And I ain't gonna fight no more No way On a countdown to zero Take a ride on the nightmare machine There ain't gonna be heroes There ain't gonna be anything"
"Good Day," by The Kinks
One of Ray Davies' zillion songs about facing up to all the reasons life gives us to despair, and taking heart in spite of it all. From the 1984 album "Word of Mouth." partial lyric:
Holes in my socks and I canâ€TMt find my shoes.
Itâ€TMs no surprise that Iâ€TMm singing the blues.
So many holes in my life still to mend,
And someone just said that the worldâ€TMs gonna end.
So today better be a good day,
Today is gonna be a good day,
Today has got to be a good day,
Good day, good day, good day, good day.
If we blow away the past with a bloody great blast,
Make it fast, make it fast.
So have a good day today because it could be your last,
Make it last, make it last.
Will it light up the sky?
Will it blot out the sun?
Well weâ€TMve waited this long,So it better be a good one.
There was light and atomic fission, Swelling wind, rising ash, tide of black rain Cement seared shadow traces Reminiscent of their last commands Instantly one thousand flames arising Ill scent the burning hides surrounding A settlement debased entirely Enola Gay had made a casual delivery Please build a future, darling with our bomb Cherish and love it for the sake of Earth-bound kingdom come The undersides of fallen metal trusses Evil debris of human bodies Each window's glass shards pelted Secure confines brittle collapse As neighbors lay beside each other unknowing Faces scorched of all familiar bearing Too few hands, many wounds for closing Marred by thirsting, anguish, fear, lamenting Here we stand at the door to gold atomic age Don't spoil your face with worry Trust in Earth-bound kingdom come
"Ground B Sound," by Death Piggy
Death Piggy was basically GWAR before they became GWAR. Their only album "Smile or Die!" contains two songs about nuclear destruction, one of which is Ground "B" Sound. Excerpts: Every night the wings from up above They dropped a bomb onto my love They said, they said the Ground "B" Sound Well I saw the light and I said goodnight Well maybe I will take just one bite I used to live in this town But now it's kind of flattened What happened? Bye Mom, bye Pa I'm off to the front My heads in a helmet now And the young will bear your brunt
"The Gunners Dream - Paranoid Eyes," by Pink Floyd
The Gunners Dream: floating down through the clouds memories come rushing up to meet me now in the space between the heavens and in the corner of some foreign field i had a dream i had a dream goodbye max goodbye ma after the service when you're walking slowly to the car and the silver in her hair shines in the cold november air you hear the tolling bell and touch the silk in your lapel and as the tear drops rise to meet the comfort of the band you take her frail hand and hold on to the dream a place to stay enough to eat somewhere old heroes shuffle safely down the street where you can speak out loud about your doubts and fears and what's more no-one ever disappears you never hear their standard issue kicking in your door you can relax on both sides of the tracks and maniacs don't blow holes in bandsmen by remote control and everyone has recourse to the law and no-one kills the children anymore and no-one kills the children anymore night after night going round and round my brain his dream is driving me insane in the corner of some foreign field the gunner sleeps tonight what's done is done we cannot just write off his final scene take heed of the dream take heed Paranoid Eyes: button your lip don't let the shield slip take a fresh grip on your bullet proof mask and if they try to break down your disguise with their questions you can hide hide hide behind paranoid eyes you put on your brave face and slip over the road for a jar fixing your grin as you casually lean on the bar laughing too loud at the rest of the world with the boys in the crowd you hide hide hide behind petrified eyes you believed in their stories of fame fortune and glory now you're lost in a haze of alchohol soft middle age the pie in the sky turned out to be miles too high and you hide hide hide behind brown and mild eyes
"Guns In The Sky,"
if the title's not enough how 'bout these lyrics "They wanna put guns in the sky Someone out there aint gonna like it But it could be good Make us love each other" sounds like star wars to me
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