1960's protest music

For what it is worth by buffalo Springfield

Date recorded: 1966

lyrics to first verse:There's something happening her But what it is ain't exactly clear There's a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware

i think the lyrics to what it is worth are describing about a riot and there is a cop telling who ever to stay back. and the person who is there is not quit sure why there is a riot.

Analysis of the song- wasn't written as a reflection on any of the historic Vietnam War protests or Civil Rights marches of the era. Stills actually wrote the song—in only fifteen minutes, he claims—about the "Sunset Strip Riots" that were a reaction to the closing of a popular LA nightspot, Pandora's Box, and to the curfews imposed on the area to deter young people from loitering outside of clubs and bars. The LAPD had tried to enforce the curfew laws by shutting down a handful of hangouts frequented by teens and people in their early twenties, so a local radio station called for a rally to protest. About a thousand young people showed up and milled about at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights until fighting broke out. Some blamed a car of off-duty marines for inciting the violence after they became involved in a car accident, but whatever the spark, kids were soon smashing windows and rocking cars.

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