Political/topical, quarantine, pandemic, etc songs...

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So almost everywhere in the world, this strange year of 2020, with the pandemic, quarantine, various unrest, etc. has made it a very different year then many others.
We songwriters don't live in a vacuum, of course, and I suspect that some of what's happening will reflect the larger world around us, especially at a time like this.
(That's not to say, of course, that songs about a million other things are not welcome at this time, just an acknowledgement that these times are stranger then 'usual' for most of us. Those who know my stuff know that I sometimes (not all the time, but sometimes) write so-called 'poltiical' or 'topical' songs about what's going on in the larger world.... and I see that many others have done the same recently.

here's a not-by-any-means complete list of some 5090 songs this year that seem to address those larger issues. First two are mine (out of three I've done in total up to now) and the rest are marked. I'd love for people to add to this thread and this list and write your own songs about these larger concerns and post here, should the muse/spirit/whatever move you to do so! Stay safe and stay creative, everyone! Smile

Stop me if you heard this before

Give me liberty and give me death

john staples- wear a f.. mask

kahlo2013 – let them bloom

phylo- after the outbreak

tjeff- too blind

IA- enough is not enough

cindyrella- whats behind the mask

here is the album i made durung the april may lockdown.that addresses several aspects of the pandemic. https://billwhite.bandcamp.com/album/the-mask

Fear of contagion can twist a person into a sociopathic wreck who wants to beat the shit out of anyone who comes near. Lots of people suffer from this, and most blame it pn something or somebody else.

Here's my "quiet folk anthem for the 21st century," as one very kind FWAMer described it. Vaguely to the tune of Ray Charle's America the Beautiful - http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/41744

from the skirmish prompt 'Triumph' *42039

need to check out the rest of the above songs (tho I've heard alot of them so far- and some great stuff!). I saw the skirmish prompt 'the truth' and couldn't help but write this one... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42134

Wasn't sure if I'd write anything topical this year, but I had a bout of inspiration tonight. Based on a dream I had recently: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42237

A couple from this weekends skirmishes:
He’s the Worst - http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42008
The Deluge - http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42080

Well, it's election year again, and the lunatic fringe parties are more lunatic and fringe than ever.

A Hundred Clips: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42234

thanks everyone- keep 'em coming!

this one from yesterday was a skirmish, i didn't specifically label it "political" but it is, I guess, in a way, or at least topical/ 'what's on people's minds' etc.


A yes, the truth, -- interesting, just how many there are.


Here's a song for civil rights hero and one of the last of that generation- the great John Lewis, who just died yesterday...


Contagion of a Hateful Nation

Indeed, so many ways to see it, but which one is "Right":

from today's skirmish 'snake in the grass'


"Aunty Anti​-​Facist [Dogs]", oh, it's gonna be big, big I tell'ya...


"Tribal Supremacy [the new bigotry]", indeed...


So this one's not really political at all, tho it deals with one of the sad side-effects of this pandemic, namely, a closing of a neighborhood restaurant.


Here's one that also got included in the week 4 challenge..accidently so to speak...

I feel like about 1/2 my songs this year are pandemic influenced... But this one definitely is http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/43105 and this one is more personal http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42974

I don't do political stuff, but this could be construed as such..."Liars"

So true Mike, songwriters are tuning into the situation... I was composing music about lockdown from the start of lockdown in UK:

I have another political song, seems like many of us are being influenced by what's going on: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/42997

As of about 23 minutes ago, the South Australian border is sealed, not even residents can return out of the Plague State aka Victoria (and that includes our daughter). I didn't get the demo for this TRUE coronavirus song, the Last Bus to Adelaide, up in time to do a youtube and perhaps get some viral push but still. The "lad" in it was one of my daughter's staff. http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/43020 I believe he has made it home, just.

"Love Speak"

- when words are outlawed, only outlaws speak, "love"?:


This one's not really political at all, but is inspired by the pandemic, so it qualifies under the original thread topic

my first one here in a few days, actually... was wondering if I'd get back to this!


This quick one-verse- political piano ballad was written in response to a skirmish with the title 'dream'. Couldn't resist the Sinclair Lewis quote.


this one i did the other week counts from a muso's perspective... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/43067 Do A Do

"Ahhh 20 Visions", - indeed:


This was my attempt - 'Get the f**k away from me!' about people to refuse to socially distance. For a 1 minute angry, shouty punk song, this is about the most popular thing I've ever done - it was shared and retweeted around so I ended up getting a lot of random listeners and comments in SoundCloud..