Songs About Nuclear War from the Eighties, Songs Beginning with W
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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"If we explode the atom bomb, would they say that we were dumb?" This isn't the dominant theme, but it's certainly a key part of the song
"They blew the horn, and the walls came down". "I don't think there are any more Russians, and there aint no yanks, just corporate criminals, playing with tanks". The horn is the warning siren, the walls are the structures destroyed. Last reference is a corporate controlled post apocolyptic world.
from the album 'Waking Up With The House On Fire' 1984 "war is stupid and people are stupid"
This song reached No2 in the British Charts in October 1984. it is from Culture Club's 1984 album 'Waking Up With The House On Fire. War is stupid and people are stupid And I heard the banging of hearts and fingers.
"Wardance," by Art Interface
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Art+Interface Minimal synth-pop from 1984. You've gotta live each day like it's your last. You're going to lose it all in a nuclear blast!
"We Don't Need Another Hero- Thunderdome,"
by Tina Turner
Tina Turner starred and sang a hit song for the movie Thunderdome. The Mel Gibson fick was about human survival in a post apocalyse Australia. I am sure that there are anti-nuke sentiments in the song.
"We Got The Neutron Bomb," by The Weirdos
We got the neutron bomb, We got the neutron bomb We got the neutron, gonna drop it all over the place Yer gonna get it on yer face Foreign aid from the land of the free But don't blame me We got the neutron bomb, We got the neutron bomb We got the neutron, don't understand you don't know what you mean We don't want you we want your machines United Nations and NATO won't do It's just the red, white and blue We got the neutron bomb, We got the neutron bomb We got the neutron, that's the way it's gotta be Survivial of the fittest is the way it's gonna be We don't want it, we don't want it, Don't blame me We don't want it, we don't want it, Don't blame me
"We'll All Be Green By Thanksgiving," by Fugly Bobinson and the Mutated Cookies
This song is about Iraq launching a nuclear strike on America on Thanksgiving: Yeah, yeah, there'll be a bomb, It'll come down from the sky, Like you've never seen before, And you'll all ask why.
Blood so deap the horse must hold his head up high In the valley of decision where 1/3 of the world will die Beat your hoes and plows into axes and spears As the armies meet in a battle they've predicted for years Let the weak say I'm a warrior - bring down the warriors Let the faithless regain faith- your faith is hopeless The prophets & psychics & the military agree Continued world crisis leads us straight to WWIII Roll out the red carpet, let the angel of death ride in To the valley of decision let the mayhem begin Let the weak say I'm a warrior - bring down the warriors Let the faithless regain faith- your faith is hopeless Apocalyptic madness, 2/3 of the world in sadness The other third is gone but the insanity lingers on Crumbled cities in an aftermath of hate No way to stop it because it's too late The anti-christ, his mission done The dead are the only lucky ones Are you ready? The picture's painted For the valley the scene set Of decision, make your decision For the valley it's too late Welcome -- welcome to reality Welcome -- welcome to reality Welcome -- welcome to reality Make your decision You've got no choice
I always thought that PE's reference to a terror dome was in relation to missle defense and nuclear war paranoia.
"The Well Fed Man," by The Dubliners
THE BUTTON PUSHER Enoch Kent Chorus: I'm the man, the well-fed man in charge of the terrible knob The most pleasing thing about it, it's almost a permanent job When the atom war is over and the world is split in three A consolation I've got, well maybe it's not, there'll be nobody left but me I sit at me desk in Washington in charge of this great machine More vicious than Adolf Hitler, more deadly than strychenine And in the evening after a tiring day just to give meself a laugh I hit the button a playful belt and I listen for the blast (Chorus) If Brezjnev starts his nonsense and makes a nasty smell With a wink and a nod from Nixon, I'll blast them all to hell And as for that fellow Castro, him with the sugar cane He needn't hide behind his whiskers, I'll get 'm just the same (Chorus) If me wife denies me conjucular rights or me breakfast milk is sour From eight to nine in the morning you're in for a nervous hour The button being so terribly close, it's really a dreadful joke A bump with me ass as I go past and we'll all go up in smoke (Chorus) Now I'm thinking of joining the army, the army that bans the bomb We'll take up a large collection and I'll donate my thumb For without it I am helpless and that's the way to be You don't have to kill the whole bloody lot to make the people free
"When The Bomb Drops," by Subhumans
When the bomb drops there will be a bank holiday Everybody happy in their tents and carivans Everybody happy in their ignorance and apathy No one realises 'til the television breaks down...
"When The Children Cry," by White Lion
When the Children Cry (4:20) little child dry your crying eyes how can I explain the fear you feel inside cause you were born into this evil world where mas is killing man and no one knows just why what we have become just look what we have done all that we destroyed you must build again when the children cry let them know we tried cause when the children sing then the new world begins little child you must show the way to a better day for all the young cause you were born for all the world to see taht we all can live with love and peace no more presidents and all the wars will end one united world under god when the children cry let them know we tried cause when the children sing then the new world begins what we have become just look what we have done all that we destroyed you must build again no more presidents and all the wars will end one united world under god when the children cry let them know we tried when the children fight let them know it ain't right when the children pray let them know the way cause when the children sing then the new world begins Bridge: When the cildren cry let them know we tried when children fight let them it aint right when the children pray let them know we're away cause when the children sing the new world begins
Self explanatory: (spoken) On the first day of the first month in some distant year The whole sky froze golden Some said it was the aftermath of the radium bomb While others told of a final retribution A terrible revenge of the gods (sung) But we understood the grand finale Fulfillment of a prophecy told many years before So all that was left was... All the women were captured and chained And national suicide was proclaimed And New America fell to the ground And all the children lay crippled and lame But all the nations came together In fear of the thought of the end No more would we fight in the streets No courage had we to defend When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound A blinding light the sun had died A new moon took its place Tidal waves and open graves the fate of the unhuman race The city's heart no longer beats no pity have I left to lend A sinner sits reciting Dylan it's now that I welcome the end When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down Everybody ran as they screamed at the sound When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down When the walls came tumbling down Nobody made a sound Down!
"Who's Gonna Win The War," by Hawkwind
Lonely figures waiting, Shadows on a hill, Looking into valleys where everything is still. Only death is lurking, The creeping sickness waits So who's gonna win the war, Who's gonna win the war. Radiation-Wasteland in the setting-sun Dust clouds they are rising to obliterate the guns. Already weeds are writing their scriptures in the sand, So who's gonna win the war, Who's gonna win the war. Enough said !!!
"Will The Sun Rise,"
song about the Cuban missile crisis. In the name of glory we set offto the sea, in the name of liberty fighting to be free, but one mistake can lay it all to rest. I need to know if there will be a sun rise in the morning,I need to know, will there be a sky?
"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?"
"World Destruction," by Time Zone
John Lydon of Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. & Afrika Bambaataa released this one-off single in 1985. Only a couple of lines directly address nuclear war Yes, the world is headed for destruction. Is it a nuclear war? What are you asking for?, We've come to drop a bomb on you. / World destruction, kaboom, kaboom, kaboom!, but the lyrics mostly center on the various conflicts between nations and peoples that make such a disaster seem rational.
"World Peace," by The Cro-Mags
...if AIDS don't get you then the warheads will
"Forget it!" came from the president's door. "I'll make us have another war. It don't matter what the people think. We have to save our precious brink. Here I go, I'll push the (first) bomb. Yeah, it's headed straight for Guam. All the rest will release soon. Right into your living room." World War III
From the chorus and first verse: Life is a Game of Business and in the end we sight (swear to god) the new and old are bought and sold and everybody thinks they're right War is a game of business a game we shouldn't play (swear to god) cause men with guns killed all our sons they blew us all away They Called it World (Paranoina!) War (it's Almost Over) 3 (Cause Nobody Hears what the People Say) Realistcally the Bombs are ready Technically, Nuclear by name Capability of total Destruction Radioactive death and flame there is talk of a firey doom prophesied since the dawn of time in a world of bloodshed, mass confusion, killer diseases, Pollution and Crime Man is in Conflict with nature and that is why there's so much sin mother nature's delicate balance will fix it so nobody wins The other verses kinda ramble, and the final verse is little too long to post, but they all pretty much go into exaggerated details of nuclear war and what is lost. In addition, it's anti-war song, as it criticizes the military-industrial complex and what happens to soldiers after the war is over.
"World War III," by TSOL
Jimmy Carter ran for president again, You voted for who you want but the government won It's not a question of who can do the job, It just don't matter how much money you have! Enter World War Three, World War Three Where do I stand in this form of power, Where do I fit with this government, I have no choice! Third world war! Who are the victims? Third world war! Who are the victims? If I dont pick do I have to pay? I refuse to go theres no f__king way! Systems looking for a chance to change Dont look at me cause I'm out of your range Enter World War Three! World War Three! Where do I stand in this form of power? Where do I fit with this government? I have no choice! Third world war! Who are the victims? Third world war! Who are the victims? Don't go, don't go, don't go, don't go! I won't go, I won't go, I won't go, I won't go! Don't go, don't go, don't go, don't go! I won't go, I won't go, I won't go, I won't go! Tell 'em no!! TSOL circa 1980 or 81 Pretty much all the songs on TSOL's "black album" EP were anti-nuke anti-war and anti-government
"World Wars 3 and 4 ," by Carnivore
This is a great song by a great band. I don't know all of the lyrics but the ones I do know go something like this... A bomb hits the city, all life instantly vaporized But I not so fortunate burning right before my eyes Stumbling I trip over pieces of descending flesh, Leaving a pile of smoldering humanoid mess Radiation, coming in waves, Leading me to a nuclear grave Are you ready? Will you be? Will you fight World War 3 Are you ready? Are you sure? WIll you fight World war 4?
"Wrap Up The Rockets," by The Freshies
Released 1980 or '81, I saw them on TOTP. I don't have the lyrics sorry, and can't find them online, but they included lines such as "I'll spend the four minute warning sippin' champagne with a bird on me knee"
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