Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties, Index
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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How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer's deadly toy There is no monopoly in common sense On either side of the political fence We share the same biology Regardless of ideology Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too There is no historical precedent To put the words in the mouth of the President There's no such thing as a winnable war It's a lie that we don't believe anymore Mr. Reagan says we will protect you I don't subscribe to this point of view Believe me when I say to you I hope the Russians love their children too.
"Dancing with Tears In My Eyes,"
It's five and I'm driving home again It's hard to believe that it's my last time The man on the wireless cries again It's over, it's over Dancing with tears in my eyes Weeping for the memory of a life gone by Dancing with tears in my eyes Living out a memory of a love that died It's late and I'm with my love alone We drink to forget the coming storm We love to the sound of our favourite song Over and over
"Countdown to Zero,"
The city lights are fading now as I climb into the plane To shield me from The stinging acid rain And this is it, it's over now As we taxi down runway one Tell me please You'll wake me when it's over Do you realize what's happening in western Europe? Norway, Finland, Scotland, England We will be the first to go Don't do it Countdown to zero Has just begun Countdown to zero It's time to start the run.
The poster who added this song was wrong when they said that Little boy was not dropped by the Enola Gay and that it was the second one used. The Enola Gay carried the Little Boy bomb (a plutonium gun atomic weapon) to Hiroshima and Fat Man (an Implosion trigger device) was dropped later on Nagasaki.
"Wooden Ships," by Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Can you tell me please, who won?"
"Wooden Ships," by Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Can you tell me please, who won?"
Refers to the Doomsday Clock - "Two minutes to midnight, the hands that threaten doom."
"Radiation," by Lesson Seven
The lyrics talk of a nuclear explosion and Former President JFK is heard in the song. It is found on a rare CD called "Retro Club Classics". The beginning of the song is a countdown and the last line of the song is "Let me tell you how the Commies plant propaganda back home". The song talks about the radiation and the fallout due to radiation.It is hands DOWN the number 1 song regarding Nuclear War.
"Let's All Make A Bomb," by Heaven 17
The song references the Doomsday Clock - which when it's Midnight means the end of the world because of the nuclear arms and the MAD theory. In September 1953 the clock reached 23:58, the closest the clock ever got to midnight. Which happened when the United States and Soviet Union tested H-bombs within nine months of one another.
Seems to me there's clear references to nuclear war, and the song is written in 1985. "Through these fields of destruction / Baptism of fire / I've watched all your suffering / As the battles raged higher" and "There's so many different worlds / So many different suns / And we have just one world / But we live in different ones. Now the sun's gone to hell / And the moon's riding high / Let me bid you farewell / Every man has to die / But it's written in the starlight / And every line on your palm / We're fools to make war / On our brothers in arms"
I'm not sure, but I've heard that this song refers to the Three Mile Island accident. The chorus goes like this,"And we don't know, Just where our bones will rest, To dust I guess, Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below"
No song list devoted to Reagan-era nuclear angst could be complete without this song.
""Nuclear War"," by Yo La Tengo
Nuclear war (yeah) Nuclear war (yeah) Talkin about (yeah) Nuclear War (yeah) It's a motherfucker, don't you know. If they push that button, your ass gotta go.
Add the next lyric to this song. It reflects the desire to someday overcome the anticipated Soviet takeover with a second revolution by Americans "Swear allegiance to the flag, whatever flag they offer. Never hint at what you really feel. Teach the children quietly, for one day sons and daughters will rise up and fight while we stood still. " Gives the song a whole new meaning.
"Ronnie Talk To Russia,"
Ronnie talk 2 Russia B4 it's 2 Late.
"Neutron Pommin," by Unknown
This sticks out in my mind as a Eurovision entry in the eighties I think when Norway, possibly Finland ended up with no points in successive years. I'm sure this was the case but haven't found substantive evidence on Google yet. It was done in a hard rock style and basically translated as Neutron Bombing. I can't remember lyrics etc, they were in Norwegian. I've compiled a list on Last.fm based on your entries, only the ones I thought I'd like to hear: http://www.last.fm/user/pogopatterson/library/playlists/3pny3_nuclear_winter
This grossly underrated song from 1982 only made number 52 in the British Charts on it's release. The lyrics are quite interesting to know now, some 27 years later. Another one of many songs from a classic decade that grasped the fear and unrest of potential annihilation. Please look for the song and listen, it's a beauty. Here are the lyrics. Crying parents tell their children If you survive, don't do as we did a son exclaims there'll be nothing to do to Her daughter says she'll be dead with you While foreign affairs are screwing us rotten Line morale has hit rock bottom Dying embers stand forgotten Talks of peace were being trodden Stand or fall, state your peace tonight Stand or fall, state your peace tonight Is this the value of our existence Should we proclaim with such persistence Our destiny relies on conscience Red or blue what's the difference? Stand or fall, state your peace tonight Stand or fall, state your peace tonight An empty face reflects extinction Ugly scars divide the nation Desecrate the population There will be no exaltation Its the euro theater Its the euro theater Its the euro theater Stand or fall, state your peace tonight Stand or fall, state your peace tonight Its the euro theater Its the euro theater Its the euro theater Its the euro theater
"Dancing With Tears In My Eyes,"
It's a tear-jerking "What would you do if this was your last day on earth?" song: a man is driving home from work and and hears there is about to be a nuclear strike: "The man on the wireless cries again: it's over" - all he wants is to spend his last moments with the woman he loves.
"Destiny," by Omen
"No freedom for the man, with the button in his hand, for he shall end up standing alone / And on the day after all hell breaks loose, the battle will be fought with stick and stone" ... "History tells in grim detail, of man's inhumanity to man, in search of worldly treasure and to rule / savage wars waged on and on, as though there were a plan, but battle is the religion of the fool" ..."The beast has our backs against the wall, and the power to devour one and all / Man must reach a higher plane for his world to remain / We create our own destiny"
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