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.

Peace Songs

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:

Anti-War Songs

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!


International Day of Peace - September 21, 2003

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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

"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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