Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties, Songs Beginning with H

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 intent enough.

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Nuclear war songs beginning with: [Index] [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M] [N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z] [misc]
"Hallowed Ground," by Violent Femmes
Everyone's trying to decide,
where to go when there's no place to hide.
I follow the bombs as they're coming down.
This must have been hallowed ground.
No matter what they decide to have done.
Burn up the clouds, block out the sun.
My hope is in one they can't bring down.
My soul is in hallowed ground.
I see the fear, it's on the rise.
Let's catch the enemy by surprise.
Burry your treasure where it can't be found.
Burry it deep in hallowed ground.
"Halloween," by Japan
The cottage is windswept Now there's only sorrow here Follow evacuation signs You're detached and broken and so sentimental now Remembering how we passed our time Somebody waits for me Far beyond our Halloween Germanic forces marching on concrete squares Our love is just defenseless sound And could we believe that all you said was true We would be so determined now Slowly emerging Dividing Germany Everyone's lost in East Berlin Only believing just what you want to hear We're waiting at stations once again
"Hammer To Fall," by Queen
This is an anti-nuke song, written by Queen's guitarist Brian May. 'Hammer to fall' should be interpreted as 'nuclear bomb coming down'. It's was a moderate rock hit in Europe (although I think the overdone 80s production makes the song sound 'over-compressed'). It featured on Queen's The Works album and a 'headbangers mix' was released on 12" (best version if you ask me). It's also on the Greatest Hits II compilation. The lyrics are great throughout the song, but the most notable part about nuclear war is: For we who grew up tall and proud In the shadow of the mushroom cloud Convinced our voices can't be heard We just wanna scream it louder and louder
"He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now," by Deacon Blue
And he may have been with Oppenheimer Shaken Einsteins hand Said did we have to drop the bomb You bet to save this land He was only taking pictures Around the critical mass While the troops on Tinian island Sang Follow the bouncing ball White Christmas
"Heat," by Leslie Spit Treeo
Probably not well known in the states, LST did get quite a bit of airplay in Canada, however. Staring at the funny man I take my head from off my hand / Real is simulation / Emotional mutation / And blood is falling like sand / Feel the clock that ticks inside / Feed the mask that lives outside / Kill the foreign nations / Geographical frustrations / It's just another suicide. Chorus: Live for the gold as though we'll never grow old / Build ourselves a town and then we'll watch it all come down / Live our lives as though we've never been told. Open the door out to the hall / Don't get trapped inside the wall / Feel the radiation / Your final graduation from hate that reigns within us all / And follow light to where the little ones lay / Watch their faces disappear in the sky / It's not your situation / National starvation / Don't listen to all our children cry. Chorus. Don't watch the jet streams in the sky / Keep your hands in front of your eyes / Don't witness devastation / Worldwide desolation / Just feel the heat right before you die. Chorus.
"Heatwave," by Fay Ray
1982 (obscure) i pull my motor over, stop by the road we watch the city in its dissolute (?) glow we watch the flashlights as they flash across the sky we watch the people as they get ready to die i didn't kill, i didn't fight, i'll never get home tonight i didn't kill, i didn't hate it doesn't matter, it's all too late everybody's waiting for the heatwave heatwave
"A Hell On Earth," by Discharge
A glaring light, An unatural tremor Suffocating heat, suffocating heat A hell on earth, a hell on earth men, women and children groaning in agony from the intolerable pain of their burns.
"Help Save The Youth of America," by Billy Bragg
And the fate of the great United States Is entwined in the fate of us all And the incident at Tschernobyl proves The world we live in is very small And the cities of Europe have burned before And they may yet burn again And if they do I hope you understand That Washington will burn with them Omaha will burn with them Los Alamos will burn with them
"Hercules," by Midnight Oil
"Here Comes President Kill Again," by XTC
"...ain't democracy wonderful, lets us vote someone like that in....aint democracy wonderful, them Russians can't win..."
"Here Comes Your Man," by Pixies
big shake on the Bock's Car moving big shake to the land that's falling down is a wind makes a palm stop blowing a big, big stone fall and break my crown
"Hiroshima," by Gary Moore
A song about the bombing of Hiroshima - basically from the Japanese side.
"Hiroshima," by Sandra
Fly, little bird, to Hiroshima, And the way a load, Speak the magic word to Hiroshima, Let the sky explode, Hiroshima, Hiroshima...
"Hiroshima Nagasaki, Russian Roulette," by Moving Hearts
Superb lyrics by Jim Page. Here's sample: "They rose up like the saviors of our modern human race With radiation halos hung about their face With the keys to the sure cure - the treatment for our ills, A hot shot of cobalt - a pocket full of pills, Speaking always of the enemy who lurked across the seas While they crept in our midst like a carrier disease. (...) Holed up in the harbors, hidden secretly away, Warheads and submarines they await to make their play, Military masterminds improving their design The soldiers get all doped up - stumble through the lines The spills into the rivers get carried by the tide They call this security - were not satisfied. Our statesmen and leaders with their politicians' pay, Quick to heed the hand that feeds, they're careful what they say The call out experts to assure us, to wave the magic wand This is the power of the future, the future marches on. And they call in all their favours, all their political gains While the spills fill the rivers and settle in the plains. (...) I know the minds behind them, they're riddled full of holes, Not to be trusted with their hands at the controls. Their eyesight is twisted by the glory of their careers The heaped praise of flattery is music to their ears. To listen to them talk about how it hasn't happened yet It's like playing Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Russian Roulette. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Russian Roulette.
"Hiroshima, Mon Amour," by Ultravox
from their first LP.
"Human Error," by Subhumans
the subhumans have lots of songs of this nature. simply put,this is an anti war song depicting a young child watching the news and not understanding what a nuclear war is."little baby wonders what's a nuclear war,mommy says to tell the truth i'm really not quite sure".
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