Lyrics With A Message

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Lyrics With A Message
Lyrics are the words written by a songwriter, composer or artist of a song or rap. The following songs titles have lyrics written by a songwriter that reflects their thoughts and observations during the era that the song was written. Educators and teachers may wish to explore the messages and themes conveyed in some of these lyrics and have their students deconstruct and analyze the meaning.

Themes for lyrics could include include anger, bias, conflict, faith, forgiveness, heritage, history, hope, leadership, love, peace, politics, pride, prejudice and war.

Song titles are listed alphabetically.

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  • Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
  • Blowing in the Wind by Bob Dylan
  • Concrete Sea by Terry Jacks And The Poppy Family
  • Eve of Destruction by Barry Maguire
  • Father And Son by Cat Stevens
  • How Can I Tell You by Cat Stevens
  • Imagine by John Lennon
  • Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian) words and Music by John D. Loudermilk performed by Don Fardon who recorded it before Paul Revere and the Raiders made it famous. story behind the lyrics: it might be about the conflict with Mount Rushmoore monument being on aboriginal (Indian) land in the United States.
  • Indian Wars by Bruce Cockburn
  • Martin, John and ??- song about assassinations in the 1960's
  • Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
  • On The Road To Find Out by Cat Stevens
  • One Tin Soldier
  • Only You
  • Only Yesterday by Richard Carpenter and Karen Carpenter The Carpenters
  • Peace Train by Cat Stevens
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand by Gene MacLellan
  • Respect by Otis Redding
  • Rose Garden lyrics by Barry Harris, Joe South Publisher: © SONY/ATV SONGS LLC
  • Signs by Five Man Electrical Band
  • The Great Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot
  • The Wind by Cat Stevens
  • The Streets of London
  • To Everything Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seger
  • Up On the Roof by Carole King and Gary? Geffen
  • Where Do The Children Play? by Cat Stevens
  • Where Evil Grows by Terry Jacks song charted (No. 45, 1971),
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seger?
  • Wild World by Cat Stevens

Find some lyrics written by:

  • Rod McKuen

Find some Canadian music at:

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  1. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
    lyrics written by:
    story behind the lyrics:
    year: circa 1966
    month:
    location: United States of America
    music written by:
    performed by: The Temptations
    themes: love, relationships, respect



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  1. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
    lyrics written by: Horace Ott, Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus
    story behind the lyrics: copyright credit is given to Horace Ott's girlfriend and wife-to-be Gloria Caldwell. Copyright and publishing rules at the time prevented BMI writer Horace Ott from officially collaborating with ASCAP members Bennie Benjamin and Sol Marcus. Ott instead listed Caldwell's name on the credits. Source: Wikipedia.org)
    year:1964
    month:
    location:
    performed by: Nina Simone (1964),The Animals (1965), Santa Esmeralda (1977)
    themes:

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  1. God Bless the Canadian Housewife
    lyrics written by: Jann Arden Richards and Russell Andrew Broom.
    story behind the lyrics:
    year:
    month:
    location:
    music written by:
    performed by:SHeDAISY- length 3:10 minutes
    themes:

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  1. Happy New Year
    lyrics written by:
    story behind the lyrics:
    year: 1980
    month:
    location:
    music and lyrics written by: Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker
    performed by: ABBA
    themes:
    video of "Happy New Year"

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  1. I Have A Dream
    lyrics and music written by: Benny Goran Bror Andersson, Bjoern K. Ulvaeus
    story behind the lyrics:
    year:
    month:
    location: Sweden
    performed by: ABBA
    themes:
    video of I Have A Dream
  2. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)
    lyrics written by:
    story behind the lyrics:
    year:
    month:
    location:
    music written by:
    performed by: The Moody Blues
    themes:

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