“Just Like Germany Before the War” by Sonny Meadows is the Peace Song of the Day for December 8th. You can find this song on the album Bibles, Guns & Flags.
The song is a little depressing. Though, mostly because it resonates. (Especially with the recent passage in the US Senate of the National Defense Authorization Act). And, the song is also soulful, and very catchy.
“Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya” is the Peace Song of the Day for Sunday, November 20th. It is an old Irish tune, that is very anti-war. You can find the lyrics to this song in the Rise Up Singing songbook, on page 161.
Ironically, an American composer used the Irish song as the basis for “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”, which became a Civil War tune, to long for and welcome back soldiers. The words to “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” are not pointedly political. Though, it has been used as a patriotic tune, and a tribute to veterans. So, the two songs are very different. And, the boldest, most antiwar version came first.
Video: “Johnny I Hardly Knew You” sung by Malachy McCourt at a 2003 rally:
“The Bell” by Stephan Said (aka Stephan Smith) is the Peace Song of the Day for November 10th. This song was created back in 2002, in response to the Iraq War. Unfortunately, it is still relevant today, on a variety of levels.
The video below includes vocals by Stephan Said and Pete Seeger.
Duchess Susanna writes: Oh, well. The Duke and Duchess of Peace strive to bring you at least one, new item about peace and justice everyday. Though, we both also have day jobs. So, we didn’t get to the Song of the Day yesterday. Apologies.