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Protest Songs Essay Over the years there have always been songs and things to protest about And what do you get when you put them together You getProtest Songs Protest songs have been around for almost for ever song artists used and still use their music to voice their opinion against things therefore making it a form of protest I am going to compare and contrast a poem from the Great Depression by Langston Hughes and a modern song by Cake Let me start by describing the protest poem by Langston Hughes This poem is about the great depression that was going on in the time that it was written it compares and contrasts opposites The joy and happiness of Christmas which the anger hatred and sadness of war It describes how the war not only effects the US but also the whole world It brings up places ranging from China and India to Cuba and Haiti first half of poem The poem is trying to bring to your attention about these things like war and bad economic laws paragraph six but in a subtle way its asking you to change these things for the better The song You Turn The Screws is also a similar protest song This song was written and performed by Cake The song is subtle in its point by giving it a clam facade It describes a government official confronting him And about how he turns the screws of the US Red White and Blue and does it regularly That its the persons job to run everyones life Cake paints the picture of an upper middle class working man with a perfect life who twists the knife and takes control and his decisions affect the whole country And then he just goes home to kiss his wife just like an average American When the song says you break up the band flimsy as it is its open-mic
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