Songs that mention JFK, or the Kennedy assassination:
From the 2004 album "Unbreakable" comes this breezy rocker with lyrics inspired by the bands younger years, growing up in (then) West-Germany:
Good times bad times Bad times good times We were twisting Chubby Checker style In a roaring sixties summer night We walked the moon and we were free When Jimi played guitar We shared a dream with Martin Luther King We saw J.F.K. in West Berlin When he spoke those famous words that day Our world was not the same
Remember the good times Remember the bad times Remembering my life, your life Let the film just roll
We were lost in shock, the world was doomed Nikita hit us with a shoe We watched the world go upside down When the Kennedys got shot We were screaming when the world was fab We had Rock 'n' Roll invade our hearts We had Elvis, Janis, Marilyn And hair, to let it grow
We're still standing after all Back in the cold war Our hearts were warm Just because sex was free In the summer of love
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2020 13:20:04 GMT -5 by Arjan Hut
New Order's version of The Kennedy assassination, in their song "1963", originally released in 1987. You wouldn't know from listening to the track, but there appears to be a story hidden behind the lyrics, which explains why it is called 1963:
In New Order Music 1981–89, the band's lyricist Bernard Sumner writes a tongue-in-cheek account of the song's lyrics that relate it to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Sumner facetiously theorises that Kennedy arranged for Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot his wife so that "J.F. could do one with M. Monroe". Monroe commits suicide when Oswald hits the wrong target (in reality, Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, over a year before the assassination took place) and Oswald is later shot by his boss (implied to be Jack Ruby, who in reality killed Oswald in retaliation for Kennedy's death) for "doing such a bad job and causing his hit-man business to go bust." (Wikipedia)
A king without a sword A land without a king A truth without a voice One song left to sing One song to sing
A wise man told me there's something you should know The way you judge a man is to look into his soul And you'll soon see everything. A voice from the past cried "Give peace a chance" He paid our price now he's free at last Imagine, we called him a dreamer!
How many times must good men die? How many tears will the children cry? 'Til they suffer no more sadness Stop the madness, Oh, stop the madness.
If ashes are ashes and dust is dust At our journey's end then return we must To the sands of the shore White doves in flight Peace to all
But tell me why the peacemakers fall Must we bury anymore? The hush of the crowd as the horse rode by A black lace veil hid the tears from her eyes And we all wept in silence
How many times must good men die? How many times will the children cry? 'Til they suffer no more sadness Oh, stop the madness Oh, stop all the madness.
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"For we are opposed around the world By a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy That relies primarily on covert means For expanding its sphere of influence On infiltration instead of invasion On subversion instead of elections On intimidation instead of free choice On guerrillas by night instead of armies by day It is a system which has conscripted Vast human and material resources Into the building of a tightly knit Highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic Intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations Its preparations are concealed, not published Its mistakes are buried, not headlined Its dissenters are silenced, not praised"
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Anyone ever heard of this? Was Not Was about the assassination, Oswald, Castro and the limo slowing down ...
Harvey O. didn't have no daddy He never caught a break, he never drove a Caddy Joined the Marines to learn a skill And that he did, he learned how to kill At eleven miles an hour Such a deadly speed Eleven miles an hour
At the time and place agreed They pulled their limousine Down Elm Street slow and clean Lead fell like a shower At eleven miles an hour
JFK went down to Dallas To cool some heels in the oil palace Unfriendly country, but he was not afraid He would wave to the people From a passing motorcade At eleven miles an hour
JFK told Kruschev I'll leave Castro alone If you take away those missles They're too damn close to home The CIA, the Cubans and the underworld bosses Decided that was it, they had to cut their losses At eleven miles an hour
Lee Harvey O. was made to order A radical nut, a drifter and a boarder Earl Warren got a version out fast America was happy, the patsy had been cast At eleven miles an hour
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"Window Seat" is a song by Erykah Badu. It is the lead single from her album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2010). It was produced by Badu and James Poyser. The song is low-tempo ballad with lyrics that concern escapism and longing for a lover. The music video for "Window Seat" features Badu walking the streets around Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, slowly stripping to the nude, before being shot by an unseen assassin. Badu's public nudity, guerrilla filming, and the video's allusions to the assassination of John F. Kennedy were met with controversy among fans and critics. (Wikipedia)
Post by Michael Capasse on Mar 2, 2019 12:19:05 GMT -5
Not To Touch The Earth from The Celebration of The Lizard The Doors | 1968
Waiting for the Sun is the third studio album by the American rock band the Doors, recorded from February to May 1968 and released in July 3 1968
The recording of Waiting for the Sun was, by all accounts, troubled. For one, the band had plundered Morrison's original songbook, a collection of lyrics and ideas, for their first two albums. Consequently, after months of touring, interviews, and television appearances, they had little new material.
To compensate, the band struggled mightily to record a longer piece called "The Celebration of the Lizard," a collection of song fragments stitched together by Morrison's often surreal poetry. Frustrated by their lack of progress, the band and producer Paul A. Rothchild abandoned the recording.
"Not To Touch The Earth" was the only part of the 24-minute song that was compelling enough to put on the album, but the entire 133-line poem was included on the album sleeve. [wiki]
There is only this excerpt of this song that relates directly to JFK:
from "Not To Touch The Earth" (Jim Morrison)
Dead president's corpse in the driver's car The engine runs on glue and tar Come on along, not goin' very far To the East to meet the Czar
But Morrison seems fascinated with the notoriety of the killer assassin, and he keeps coming back to it in his work
The Lords & The New Creatures 1969-1971
He self-published two separate volumes of his poetry in 1969, titled The Lords / Notes on Vision and The New Creatures. The Lords consists primarily of brief descriptions of places, people, events and Morrison's thoughts on cinema. The New Creatures verses are more poetic in structure, feel and appearance. These two books were later combined into a single volume titled The Lords and The New Creatures
from; "The Lords" (the question marks are part of the text)
The sniper's rifle is an extension of his eye.
He kills with injurious vision.
The assassin (?), in flight, gravitated with unconscious, instinctual insect ease, moth- like, toward a zone of safety, haven from the swarming streets. Quickly, he was devoured in the warm, dark, silent maw of the physical theater.
Modern circles of Hell: Oswald (?) kills President. Oswald enters taxi. Oswald stops at rooming house. Oswald leaves taxi. Oswald kills Officer Tippitt. Oswald sheds jacket. Oswald is captured.
He escaped into a movie house. In the womb we are blind cave fish.
When The Doors went to England in Sept 1968 Morrison was quoted, “I think, in these days, especially in the States, you have to be a politician or an assassin or something, to really be a superstar.”
[from Ghost Song 1970]
When the true kings murderers Are allowed to roam free, A thousand magicians arise in the land Where are the feast we are promised?
A little sidestep here, but back to Was Not Was. This is a song in which CIA-plots to assassinate Castro are referenced. This is a year before the movie JFK came out, and two years after they had released 11 mph, a song about the shooting in Dealey Plaza.
"I was attending Mardi Gras with Fidel Castro Buxom cross dressers threw fake gold coins at our feet As we discussed the fate of the revolution Suddenly, CIA men dressed in bikinis Tried to stab us with fountain pens Fidel blew mustard gas from his cigar And immobalized the lot of them 19 tequilas later we had a deal Havana goes back to the mob And Fidel and I open a chain of Kentucky Fried Chicken shops"
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