Looking for good contemporary songs about history.
I've looked at this
question and it's not entirely what I'm looking for.
I want to find contemporary
songs that are about or mention historical people or events. My intention is to use these in a high school setting
, so bands like They Might Be Giants is not at all what I am looking for.
I am not
looking for kitschy/quirky songs, but ideally, good songs by popular bands. I suspect many might be deep cuts from albums, which makes finding them a bit more difficult.
Here are some examples:
Franz Ferdinand - All For You, Sophia (about Archduke Ferdinand's assassination)
Elliott Brood - President 35 (about JFK's assassination)
Elliott Brood - Jackson (about Stonewall Jackson's death)
The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (about the end of the Civil War)
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills (about the Indian Wars)
Bob Dylan - Oxford Town (about Civil Rights movement)
Johnny Cash - Ballad of Ira Hayes (about Iwo Jima)
Johnny Cash - Ballad of Boot Hill (about OK Corral gunfight)
Mark Knopfler - Song for Sonny Liston (about the boxer)
Pink Floyd - A Great Day for Freedom (about the Berlin Wall)
Sam Roberts - Detroit '67 (about the auto boom and history of Detroit)
But I know there's got to be a few more Bob Dylan songs that will fit my needs...
(And yes, I know about the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Springsteen's dreaded We Didn't Start the Fire. And feel free to avoid suggesting Vietnam protest songs...a monkey can find a thousand of those in its sleep.)