Who is the artist? Phil Ochs
What is the name of the song? "I ain't marching anymore"
When was it recorded/ released? 1965
What other (if any) songs did they release? He had tons of other songs released including "The war is over" and " Outside of a Small Circle"
What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? "Its always the old to lead us to the war, Its always the young to fall, now look at all we've one with a saber and a gun, tell me is it worth it all" . This verse is significant because its talking about how Americas foreign conflicts seemed endless and how during war the young working class are sent off to die, for no reason. He wants American people to think about how they are fighting for no purpose and urges them to stop. Another significant verse is " Now the labor leaders screamin, when they close the missile plants, United fruit screams at the Cuban shore, call it "peace" or call it "treason", call it "love" or call it "reason", but I ain't marching anymore, No I ain't marching anymore". This verse is saying that if you stop fighting for your country people will call it many different things but the patriotic thing to do is to do what you believe in, stop marching. Hes also saying that if you need to commit "treason" to restore our country's peace then do it.
How do they relate to or reflect the time period? This song relates to how during the Vietnam War people started to "stop marching" or stop fighting and began to protest against the government. It reflects on how determined the American people were to restore peace.
What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular?The Vietnam War is taking place and American leaders feel that we need to aid South Vietnam in the war so that they don't fall to Communism.
What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song? The overall message of the song is to stop sending soldiers to wars that we are not required to fight in. The government was not doing anything about this issue so he wanted the American people to stand up and protest.