Songs for World Peace
"Music, beauty, art and nature encourage us to transcend our petty differences. They lift us beyond ourselves and bring us together in awe, reverence and delight... In moments of beauty, anger melts, hatred dissolves and peace dawns. Peace is found in beauty. And hope is found in the fragments of color, song, granite and water that we carry in our hearts". - Andrew Fiala
“Singing together helps us experience in the body our connection to each other and the planet, summons our collective courage, enlivens us and inspires us to play our part in creating a life-sustaining society.” - Gretchen Sleicher￼
The global environment can survive only if we learn to live in peace and harmony with our fellow human beings. At the same time, as Dr. Jane Goodall says, "To achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other but also stop destroying the natural world."
This page is in two parts. The first, and largest section, and I think the most important, provides inspirational, pro- Peace Songs, meant to inspire - truly 'Peace is the way." The second part is Anti-War Songs, meant to get you mad, and take (non-violent) action. We need two sides of this coin.
We need the inspiration of music to help fulfill the dream of world peace. As union organizer Joe Hill said, "A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once. But a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over."
My top Twelve Peace Songs
1. "Come the Day" by Bruce Woodley, performed by The Seekers
2. "A Thousand Years of Peace" by Alchemy VII
3. "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" by Ed McCurdy, first performed by the Weavers and hundreds of performers like Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Limeliters
4. "Under the Rainbow" by Earth Mama on her Under the Rainbow Album
5. "Let There be Peace on Earth" - written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955.
6. "My Rainbow Race" by Pete Seeger
7. "Peace Must Come" by Priscilla Herdman on her Darkness Into Light Album (see also the terrific "Walls and Windows" on the same album).
8. "Earth" by David Roth on his album Rising in Love and performed by Kim and Reggie Harris, from their Simplicity album.
9. "No Weapons, No Wars" by Elliott Madriss on his Cherish the Earth album.
10. "Simple Song of Freedom" by Bobby Darrin
11. "God Bless the World" by Greg Jones
12. "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" - Unfortunately, the third verse which is most condemnatory of war is commonly omitted. The fourth verse, also often ignored, actually provides a roadmap on how to achieve world peace in its expression of hope for rest for the poor and downtrodden!
Here's more favorite "Peace Songs" promoting world peace and understanding:
- "911" performed by Clan
Dyken on their album Love Is. Most of this group's
solar-powered albums include songs advocating world peace.
- "A Better Place" by Playing For Change - This song brings together musicians from around the world to speak out against inequality and for social justice. - Listen on YouTube.
- Sapient - A Cantata for Peace by Steven Chesne. In the finale ("Nyansapo - the Wisdom Knot"), peace prayers from 10 different world music traditions are interwoven together - one on top of another - in a web of blissful counterpoint, accompanied by the orchestra. Composer Steven Chesne spent a year unearthing ancient, precious peace invocations and prayers from all over the world: words of the oneness of mankind, spoken by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha'i.
- "A Man's A Man for a' that" by Robert Burns - performed by many Celtic groups
- e.g. The Corries, Dougie MacLean, etc. -
It's comin yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world, o'er
Shall brithers be for a' that.
- "Anthem for the Earth" by Robert Alder, on his album, Blue Ribbon Ready available on Amazon.com, iTunes, cdbaby.com, etc. A Singer-Songwriter calling us to love our home.
- Celebrate Peace by Beautiful Chorus in honor of World Peace Day 2012. Available from bandcamp.com.
Lyrics:'It can happen, the more we imagine.
Feel the deepest part of your heart
and what it's saying.
We are all connected by the stream.
A desire, a pull, toward peace.
The world is as we make it,
and NOW's the time to take this leap.
The world is as we make it,
it's time to celebrate our Peace.'
- "Come Fill Up Your Glasses" by Ed Miller on his album Never
Frae My Mind - A drinking song with a twist - toasting all our sisters
and brothers, to enumerated working
people of all kinds, "to peace on this Earth and good will among men,"
and finally concluding with a toast to "a world without lies and a world
- "The Blue-Green Hills of Earth" Words & Music by Kim Oler,
available on Paul Winter's album Missa Gaia and in the
Your Peace Songbook (Unitarian Universalist Peace Network, 1990)
- "Earth" by David
Roth - Whis song wisely notes: "We won't last here much longer/if
we live as strangers/And no time at all if we don't learn/how to live with
the earth." Available on Roth's album Rising in Love and
by Kim & Reggie
Harris on their album Simplicity.
"Earth Anthem" by
Stephen Longfellow Fiske This song is available on the album,
Longfellow Fiske from Amazon.com. You can listen to sound samples and buy
the poster by clicking on the image at the right.
- "Earth Town Square, by Peter
Mayer, title track on his album Earth Town Square tells
the story of man's history from scattered tribes to a global society with
huge inter-cultural and inter-dependent economic systems.
- "Freedom from War" by Laura
Sandage is a wonderful song expressing how we can all help to stop the
war machine by playing a part in a promoting freedom from poverty and represssion
of free speech and religion. The song is available in streaming format or
for full mp3 download on her website.
- "From a Distance" performed by Bette Midler on her albums Some People's
Lives and Experience the Divine. Instrumental version by Phil
Coulter on his album,
- "Global Carnival" performed
by The Limeliters on
Until We Get
- "Come the Day" by Bruce Woodley, performed
by The Seekers
- "Heaven on Earth," a song composed by Mr.
Guilherme Schroeter from Rio Grande
do Sul, Brazil (music) and Olatunji Talabi (lyrics) -
nominated for the Hollywood music awards 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
- "Heaven's Here On Earth" by Tracy Chapman from her album New
Beginning: "Heaven's here on earth/ In our faith in humankind/
In our respect for what is earthly/ In our unfaltering belief in peace
and love and understanding."
- "I Believe" - lyrics by Eric
Levi duet performed by Andrea Boccelli and Katherine Jenkins, on Boccelli's
Christmas album and
Jenkins' 2010 Believe albums: "One
day I'll hear the laugh of children in a world where war has been banned...
One day I'll see men of all colors sharing words of love and devotion..."
- "I Have a Dream" by Mary Donnelly. Not to be confused with the Abba song by the same title, this song was composed by Mary Donnelly in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech. To hear the music, see the photo slide-show chorale version with lyrics on YouTube. The lyrics are here.
- International Anthem by Lisa Rogers
- International Hymn of Peace - Lyrics by Lorraine N. Finley (1899-1972); Music: Beethoven "Ode to Joy" from 9th Symphony. "Rise, O Nations, rise together, Work for universal peace..."
- "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" by Ed McCurdy, first performed by the Weavers and hundreds of performers like Arlo Guthrie, kingston Trio, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Limeliters
Tierra Misma (The Same Ball of Clay" by Linda Beck - We're all living
on the same ball of clay
- Crystal Blue Persuasion by
Tommy James and the Shondells
- "Earth" by David Roth on his 1993 album Rising in Love. A lively rock song,"We're gonna live in peace, it's our only chance on Earth; get all that fighting to cease, and remember what life is worth...." A wonderful song about how each of us has the power to work toward peace.
- "Human Alive" by Bonnie Legion, "Sweet peace come deliver me gently/
I am ready to be reborn, I am ready to try,/
hear the innocent child on the floor of the battlefield,
precious life every human alive." Listen on YouTube.
- "Let Peace Reign" by Kathleen Scott, on her album Let Peace Reign,
in which all the songs are about some kind of peace: world peace, personal peace, peace in familial relationships, etc.
- "Let There be Peace on Earth" -
written by Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller in 1955, has become a major phenomenon, often performed in churches and
symphonic orchestras. Recordings have been made by such artists as Vince Gill,
B.J. Thomas, Gladys Knight, Crystal Gale, Bill and Gloria Gaither, the Angel Choir, and many others. During the 2015 Christmas holiday season, Microsoft released a video adverisement showing a group of Microsoft employees in New York City
singing it front of their competitor, the local Apple Store in New York City. In 2017 Carlos Santana and Ernie/Ronnie Isley released the song on their Power of Peace album.
- "Letter to the World" by Jack
Gladstone on his Tappin'
The Earth's Backbone album. A Native American perspective on the
issue of world peace - pointing out that before there was Christianity,
Islam, or Judaism, or Buddha, beyond all the "isms" and "anity's" -
we were children of God.
- "Love is Around" by "Earthman"
Lenny Smith - We'll make the world alright;
when everyone's dancin', love is around, when everybody's singing, love is
around; when everyone's helpin', love is around; when everybody's sharing,
love is around!
Rainbow Race" by Pete Seeger. With the refrain, "One blue
sky above us,
One ocean, lapping all our shores,
One earth so green and round,
Who could ask for more?" this song confirms the reality that we all share
this planet. This wonderful song acknowledges that "Some want to take
the easy way: / Poisons, bombs! They think we need 'em." but then confirms
the essential truth that that theocrats of all stripes deny: "Don't they
know you can't kill all the unbelievers. / There's no shortcut to freedom." The
remaining lyrics provide inspiration that shows there really is a way to have
peace on earth - it is actually simple: "learn to share /
What's been given to me and you."
Unfortunately a performance version by Pete iscurrently out of print,
but you can find Donovan's rendition on the tribute album Where
Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs of Pete Seeger,
and another version by Kim
& Reggie Harris on their album Simplicity,
where they are joined by Magpie (Terry
Leonino & Greg Artzner). You will find the lyrics and the notation for
the catchy melody in Rise
Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook, available from Sing
- "One Day" (2009) by the Jewish Reggae singer Matisyahu on his albums Light (with Akon), Live at Stubb's II, and Playlist the Very Best of Matisyahu. Great beat and lyrics: "...we don't wanna fight no more,
there'll be no more wars
and our children will play,
one day..." The song was on the 2010 Billboard Hot 100, and was used extensively as the theme song for NBC's Countdown to the 2010 Winter Olympics campaign.
Other artists performing this song include the Maccabeats on their album Voices from the Heights.
- "Show Some Love" - by BJ Sam. Listen on SoundCloud. Read the Lyrics. Encourages the world to embrace one another irrespective of our differences, colours, cultures and languages. As the lyrics confirm: "If we begins to show love, We'll no reason to fight more war."
- "The Way of Love" by Olivia Newton-John on her album Gaia - "You can
walk one road, I can walk another, there is no one right road."
- "One Love One World" by Craymo &
Brandon Jarre tt is a new pop-rock song promoting world peace and tolerance.
You can preview the song
- "One Tin Soldier" - performed by several groups in the 1970's and since. This
is a "story song" parable about the valley people who seek to invade the mountain
people who are said to possess a great buried treasure. The mountain people
are perfectly willing to share their treasure, but for the valley people,
that wasn't enough. The satrical refrain may be familiar:
"Go ahead and hate your neighbor, go ahead and cheat a friend, do it in the
name of Heaven, justify it in the end." The treasure of course, was.... well,
listen to the song and find out!
- "On Our Way Back Home,"
Music & Lyrics By Kenneth-Michael Veltz © copyright 2001
/ 2008. Ken Veltz says, "I was inspired to start writing this
2001 about 2 months before 9/11. I lived in Queens, NYC at the time and
moved by how such a multi-cultural place could live in such peace & harmony.
After 9/11 I shelved the song as I re-arranged thinking and healed like
many Americans. I finished this song the night Obama became president elect
Obama." Listen to MP3. | Lyrics | Smile if You Love Peace Video (YouTube)
"The Matriot Anthem" by Chris Highland
- an International album for harmony with the Earth and all its people sung to
the melody of "America the Beautiful."
- "A Summer Prayer for Peace" by The Archies, on their album Sunshine.
- "A Thousand Years of Peace" by Alchemy
VII. Written and sung by Gina Citoli. Available on their albums The
Magick and White Raven. Absolutely inspirational and unique.
You might call this "New Age Hard Rock" - lead singer's Gina's beautiful
voice is evocative of Lisa Thiel's bell-like tones, but totally unlike typical
soft "new age" music, this is accompanied by drums, bongo, voice harmony,
and hard-driving electric guitar.
"Peace is" by Fred Small on his album, The Heart of the Appaloosa. The album has a terrific chorus accompaniment. Also available in musical notation in Sing Your Peace Songbook (Unitarian Universalist Peace Network, 1990).
"Peace Must Come" performed by Priscilla
Herdman on her album, Darkness Into Light
A wonderful song you can sing along to, with Priscilla's achingly beautiful melodic voice.
"Peace on Earth" by Sally Rogers on her album What Can One Little Person
A wonderful song about Peace for all living things on Earth.
Train" by Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), from his album Teaser and the
Firecat. After more than 25 years, Yusuf Islam returned to the studio
to re-recorded one of his most popular songs, "Peace Train." Islam remarks, "Peace
Train" is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously
through the hearts of millions and there is a powerful need for people to
feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim,
this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution." (March 6, 2003)
- "Pray Peace" by Alchemy
VII. Written and sung by Gina Citoli. Available for on their 2002 album
2002 album White Raven. Gina brings us another very inspirational
song for peace, but in a quite different style than the group's "A Thousand
Years of Peace." This one is a quiet, reflecttive, peaceful and beautiful
song. Highly recommended.
Shalom Shlomo - a "Peace Song" performed by Karibuni. A peace
song - sung in Amharic, Lingala and German! English translation printed on
this YouTube Video. "Peace is our wish, Love is our goal /
Peace is our wish, Joy is our goal /
Peace and love for all people /
All over the earth, all around the world."
- "Someday" Music byAlan Menken,
Lyrics by Stephen
Schwartz, from The
Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney). This beautiful song was recently featured
on the 2005 hit album Celtic Woman and is being performed
on the Broadway version of Disney's musical.
The message of this song is at the core of what is needed to achieve world peace:
"Someday, when we are wiser,
When the world's older,
When we have learned,
I pray someday we may yet,
Live to live and let live." When that day comes, "Need will be rarer,
And greed will not pay."
- "Someday When Christmas Never Ends"- Alchemy VII. Written and performed by Gina Citoli. Absolutely outstanding!!!! Available on White Raven CD or as a mp3 download.
- "Song of Peace (Finlandia)", Words by Lloyd Stone, © 1934
Music by Jean Sibelius. Lyrics for Sibelius' classical composition recognizes
that "other hearts, in other lands
are beating/With hopes and dreams/as true and high as mine." An ultimate
hymn calling for planetary peace: "A song of peace fo their land and for
Performed by Peter,
Paul & Mary , Earth Mama on her album Under
the Rainbow, and by many other performers.
- "Swimming to the Other Side" by Pat
- Swimming to the Other Side' The Evolution of Pat Humphries' Modern Folk Anthem by Marika Partridge - essay and audio from NPR's All things Considered
- Streaming Real Audio of the song - from NPR
- MP3 -
- "Walls and Windows" by Judy Small and Pat Humphries. Performed by Priscilla
Herman on her album, Darkness Into Light.
- "Images of Peace" by Mike
Nobel - written "as
kind of a musical 'antidote' to the images of war that are so
prevalent in the news, and in the lives and minds of children. (Live
recording with a high school chorus) .
Bless the World" by Greg Jones - An Anthem for worldwide peace -
visit the website to read the lyrics, and listen to the full song streamed
on the web, download, or buy the CD. The chorus reads:
"God bless the world, not just America, God bless the whole wide world so
our kids can live in harmony (God bless the world)."
- "One Peace at a Time" by Mark
Olmstead - The song begins with a child's voice, but quickly moves to
Mark Olmstead's clear voice about how we are building a new tomorrow beyond
war, "one peace at a time."
Listen (Streaming MP3 - off-site link)
- "Under The Rainbow," by Joyce
Rouse (Earth Mama) on her album Under the Rainbow. A
beautiful song about how we can begin today to start creating a world of
- "We All Love" by Lenore Troia on hear Symptoms of Love album - Watch YouTube Video with Lyrics. Also available on Google Play • iTunes • eMusic • AmazonMP3.
My Own Two Hands" by Ben Harper on his album Diamonds on
the Inside. "I can make peace on Earth..." Preview
- World Peace Prayer - lyrics "Lead Us From Death to Life/ From Falsehood to Truth."
I started this page in July of 2001 with the intention of providing only positive, uplifting, inspiring songs to promote world peace and understanding among all people, which is the focus of all the songs above. But as too many nations seem to believe that violence is still the answer, I now feel it is my patriotic duty, as both a planet patriot, and as a patriotic American, to add this sub-section of explicitly anti-war songs. Based on the submissions I receive from songwriters, this sub-category is more popular than the postive songs actively and positively promoting Peace. Although in order to tell the Truth, we sometimes have to tell the negative, if we are to move forward toward global peace, we need more visionary songs like those on the upper-half of this page. So I will add sparingly to the list below; if I didn't this page would soon lose its original purpose. If you are songwriter, please imagine a future of peace and try to envision how it might happen. Try listening to songs #2 and #4 in my list of favorite Peace songs above and see if you can add something to further promote a possible vision of peace!
- Blue Ribbon Ready
- by Robert Alder on his album by the same name, Blue Ribbon Ready
- A terrific "country" song lamenting the promising young men who have been made into soldiers to go off to war in foreign lands from Viet Nam to the current day... in wars that "will never be won." Alder asks us to remember history, singing,"I still believe in freedom, but even more in love - a father of young men, a hawk turned into a dove."
Them Home" (If You Love Uncle Sam) by Pete Seeger - Originally
performed in 1965 to protest the Vietnam war, this song is tragically relevant
once again, and so is
anew as recently as 2007 by folks such as Bruce
- "Earth Song" by Michael Jackson. This anti-war song promotes peace, so perhaps could be in the above section too, with phrases like this:
"What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine...
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores"
This song is also an Earth Song, as the lyrics of this song also bemoans the loss of elephants, whales, and forest trails. I think better than the original is a version by Nemo Shaw available on YouTube which uplifts & transports the listener to higher realms. Beautiful sounding and with a nice video accompaniment, the song features entrancing angelic voices, as well as vocals & piano performed by Nemo Shaw.
- "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire, performed by him and many others
including The Turtles. This quintessential sixties "protest song" is often
sung with updated lyrics today by Barry McGuire.
- Genocide for the Holdays - gfth.mp3 -
(2004) WARNING! EXPLICIT LYRICS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
- by Disenfranchisedmusic.com
God on Our Side" by Bob Dylan. (1963). A timeless classic for thinking
people; still as relevant as it was over 30 years ago!
- "Draft Dodger Rag" By Phil Ochs - Performed by Och's on his I Ain't Marchin'
Any more album and by several other artists. One of Ochs' satirical
masterpieces. When the Smothers Brothers performed this song on national
TV in 1968, those over 30 thought they were just makin' fun of the hippies;
while everyone under 30 realized it was a hilarious anti-war song! Lyrics
- "I Ain't Marchin' Any More" by Phil Ochs - This powerful song, became an anthem of the anti-Vietnam War movement in the Sixties. Ochs testified for the defense at the trial of the Chicago Seven in December 1969. His testimony included his recitation of the lyrics to his song "I Ain't Marching Anymore". On his way out of the courthouse, Ochs sang the song for the press corps; to Ochs's amusement, his singing was broadcast that evening by Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. The song remains relevant in the 21st century: In 2002, with the agreement of Ochs's sister Sonny, Richard Thompson added an extra verse to "I Ain't Marching Anymore" to reflect recent American foreign policy. Katerm Jefferson Starship recorded "I Ain't Marching Anymore" with additional lyrics by band member Cathy Richardson for their 2008 release Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.
- "Lay Down Your Weapon" by Frank M Zelasny (Frank Zee) Joggyn Smyler. A rock song suggesting we should spend the money instead on "what the real people need." Listen to Streaming audio from soundcloud.com
- Laughlin Boy" by Tracy Grammer on her album Flower
of Avalon. A soft-country
sound about a civil war draftee who refused to kill.
- No Weapons, No
Wars by Elliot Madriss, on his album Cherish
the Earth. I don't know why this song is classified as "children's music" because
it seems most appropriate to adults - - and it is a very moving call for
global understanding and world peace, sung by a beautiful adult female voice.
- "See the Light" performed by Ed Ames on his album Christmas with Ed Ames/Christmas is the Warmest Time of the Year. Although categorized as "Holiday Music" contained within an album of mostly Christian themes, this song contains universal lyrics: "Sing a song for peace on earth; sing on out through the universe. Love your neighbor for all your worth; if he don't love you, you just love him first." This version is sung in the style of a "spiritual," with a background choir, the lyrics are nonetheless primarily secular except for one stanza presuming an afterlife to "see His face," but affirming "now I know my place in the sun."
- "Simple Song of Freedom" by Bobby Darin, made famous by the 1969
recording by Tim Hardin. The 2004 version by Kevin Spacey from the bipic movie
about Darin's life "Beyond
the Sea" is very good. It can be found on Darin's albums Back
to Back and Live! at the Desert Inn. It has also
been performed by Della Reese on her album Angel Sings.
- "So Many Names" by
Richard Arthur - "When will we ever/Stop being
people who don’t even care/Who’s alive and who is dead"
- "What are we Doing in Fallujah?" - Fallujah.mp3 -
(2004) WARNING! EXPLICIT LYRICS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN - by Disenfranchised
Hundred Men" by Alex Hassilev, performed by The
Limeliters on their album Alive!
are the Ones Who Die" by Mike Nobel
- "We've Been
Asking Questions," written
by the late John Phillips (Mamas & the Papas). In March 2005, PBS broadcast
a 60's music program called "My
Generation---The '60's Experience". In that concert, Scott McKenzie sang
his big hit "San
Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair") in
the second segment of the concert. However, at the very end of the program,
he electrified the audience with a new song called "We've
Been Asking Questions", which is one of the last songs written by John
Phillips before his death in 2001. Although it has been done before, this
is one of the few times a new song has been included in the "My Music" series
of programs on PBS, which are usually devoted to established hits. Scott
McKenzie writes, 'We've Been Asking Questions' is a timely song." What
an understatement! Not only are the lyrics fabulous, but McKenzie's powerful
guitar and voice on this song conveys a righteous anger that is only too
continues, "When John's youngest son became old enough to serve in the military,
the whole world had pretty much accepted the inevitability of war between
Iraq and the United States, that it was only a matter of time.
Even though John knew that the draft no longer existed, the idea of his
son going to war weighed heavily on his heart and mind. He thought that
a song about it might help and then composed 'We've Been Asking Questions,'
which was the only song about war he ever
wrote. John and I planned to record "We've Been Asking Questions" in
the same way we recorded "San Francisco", but we were never able
to. Unlike the 60's, these times do not lend themselves to such songs,
and you can get in trouble for asking certain questions."
We can only hope that Scott will in fact record this song, which currently is available only on the video of "My Generation --- The '60's Experience" as an unannounced song. Until then, John's passionate lyrics will have to do.
- "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," by Pete Seeger. No list of peace songs
can be complete without this classic. Joan Baez, Kingston Trio, Peter Paul
and Mary and many others have performed this song.
- "Yellow Ribbon" by Utah Phillips. Listen on YouTube.
For more Peace Songs, see:
- Anti-War Songs - An onlinedatabase of pacifist and antimilitarist songs from all over the world based on free contributions by readers and collaborators.
- Music for Peace - from International Day of Peace campaign - September 21. Includes audio files of some songs.
- Children's Music Network Peace Songs
- Songs4Peace.com Peace Songs
- Music 4 Peace - Music 4 Peace supported theUnited Nation's "No Excuse Concert" in New York in 2004. It is now celebrating Gandhi’s 100 years of Non-violence with Dr. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the late Mahatma, at Earthdance California 2006, as well as the presentation of 30 Days of Peace and The Gandhi Tour at the world’s largest music industry fair MIDEM 2007 Cannes / France.
- Solstice Sing for Peace!- 24 hours of singing for peace in 24 time zones.
- PeaceSong -To commemorate the second anniversary of Iraq War II, Peacesong is releasing a new trilogy of free songs. The songs "Shout!," "American Two-Step" and "Not-So-Curious George" are in the MP3 format. In 2003, PeaceSong released The War Trilogy. The Trilogy is about the damage of the 'War on Terror' to civil liberties, the people of Iraq, and the minds of our soldiers. Today, it remains a top-rated internet site for peace songs. The MP3's of "Baghdad Road," "Sudden Sound" and "Enemy Me" have been freely downloaded by thousands around the world.
- onegoodmove: Anti-War Songs - Downloadable songs
- Neil Young's Living with WarToday Protest Songs - Growing list of contemorary anti-war songs compiled by one of Rock's major legends.
- Disenfranchisedmusic.com - several downloadable songs, both Anti-War songs and lamenting the 2X stupidity of the American voters
- The Earthman Project - Includes several songs on world and community peace, including "Love Can Do Anything," and "Love is Around." Home page includes a built-in flash music player with streaming audio of the featured songs. Songs feature a calypso beat, with positive themes about world peace and environmental protection.
Amaze Me: Songs in the Key of Peace - a grassroots benefit CD of women's voices for peace. The album features thirteen songs by independent female singer-songwriters from across the USA, including Holly Near, Pat Humphries, Erica Luckett, and others who love their country and believe the US can be a leader for peace in the world. In a time when it's said to be unpatriotic to use the very freedoms we are trying to protect, these women are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. Lyrics and sound clips for all songs are available on the album's website. All proceeds for the sale of this album include Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Veterans for Peace, CodePINK, and Democracy Now.
- Peace Choirs Initiative - promoting a network of choirs around the world, dedicated to spreading a message of peace through song. Choirs sing in harmony, and harmony is essential to world peace. Who better to advocate for a peaceful world than choirs of people singing in harmony? Includes an extensive songlist with links to downloadable MP3s and for music charts in PDF format.
- Mama Earth - Gina Citoli - Gina Citoli addresses peace and environmental issues in her powerful rock music. She has an outstanding and powerful voice. Most recently the Hollywood Spiritual Film And Entertainment Festival has recognized her song, "It All Comes Down to Love" as "Best Spiritual Rock Song" as well as Gina and Merry Citoli's song "Someday When Christmas Never Ends." Her latest project is " Mama Earth's Cabaret," based on the works of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Wayne Dyer, Gregg Braden, and other great thinkers. Gina is a student and teacher of the environment and human potential movement and has blended her musical talents with this knowledge to create Mama Earth, an extraordinary musical advocating spiritual transformation to achieve peace and environmental balance. Don't miss her Mama Earth CD "An Extra Ordinary Musical" sound rrack.
- Peace Songs & Jingles by Mohammad Iqbal Behleem, Pakistani singer and musician devoted to the promotion of peace and conflict transformation through music, by enhancing nonviolence, creativity and empathy. His website includes many sample and full-length mp3 files in several languages.
- Positive Music Association - An association promoting the recognition of a new category of music of any genre that promotes positive messages and feelings. It celebrates and embraces life. Members include many singers, songwriters, and others who support this goal - the website includes streaming samples from each artist, plus a "Poz Radio" feature.
- ZNet's Selected Anti-War Songs - Includes lyrics for several dozen anti-war songs.
- New Songs for
This UNESCO-endorsed project is intended to encourage people to think about peace,
talk about peace, and write a new song that we will collect and self-publish
in a book. These songs will promote peace, cultural acceptance and understanding
for those who work towards peace throughout the world.
Why War is Not the Answer to Despots"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. "
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
President James Madison's Prophecy"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war. . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
- James Madison, April 20, 1795
What is the solution to war?
"The library is the temple of learning, and
learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history."
- Carl Thomas Rowan
"Study of the world's religions will lead
to an understanding of religious diversity.
Understanding will lead to inter-religious dialogue.
Dialogue will lead to peace among religions.
Peace among religions will lead to peace among nations."
- Source unknown, quoted on ReligiousTolerance.org
"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the
presence of justice."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.... We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.... We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice."
- President Barack Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013
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