1960's Music "For what it's worth" - Buffalo springfield

Who is the artist? Buffalo Springfield

What is the name of the song? For What It's Worth

When was it recorded/released? It was recorded in December 1966 and released January 1967.

What other famous songs do they sing? None.

What do you think the lyrics of the song mean?

There's something happening here (The "something" that's happening would be Vietnam and the antiwar protests.)

What it is ain't exactly clear (LBJ/JFK's Deception of what was happening in the Vietnam War and lying about how everything was fine.)

There's a man with a gun over there (Antiwar protesters are being shot down by the National Guard, the "man with a gun" is a Guardsman.)

Telling me I got to beware (The Guardsman are shooting to prevent more protests.)

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound (The people that were protesting were younger people, hence why they are referenced as "children".)

Everybody look what's going down (Look at what's happening in Vietnam and America)

There's battle lines being drawn (Not only are there literal battle lines being drawn in Vietnam, but Americans were very divided on the war and people were fighting each other.)

Nobody's right if everybody's wrong (Everybody think's they're right, but in reality they are going about it the wrong way.)

Young people speaking their minds (Young people were starting a counterculture of free speech and protesting)

Getting so much resistance from behind (The older "silent majority", along with Nixon, resisted this counterculture heavily)

It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound (the sound of war and protests)

Everybody look what's going down (All the things that were happening at this time)

What a field-day for the heat (The Vietnam war was fought in tropical heat and thick, hot jungle)

A thousand people in the street (People marching and protesting)

Singing songs and carrying signs (The people were carrying antiwar signs in their protests)

Mostly say, hooray for our side (LBJ and JFK deceived people into think that their fight in Vietnam was just and that we were winning)

Paranoia strikes deep (The American people were paranoid of communists and a communist invasion, hence the Red Scare)

Into your life it will creep (The government passed several bills that violated freedom of speech out of fear for communism)

It starts when you're always afraid (People were terrified of communism)

You step out of line, the man come and take you away (LBJ had the CIA spy on antiwar activities to keep them in line.)

We better stop, hey, what's that sound? (The singer is saying that the people should fighting and listen to each other.)

Everybody look - what's going down? (The singer is saying that people should stop arguing and instead take a look at the bigger picture to realize that the chaos that's going on shouldn't be happening.)

How do they relate to or reflect the time period? The song reference the antiwar protests, the Vietnam war, the young people's counterculture, the Red Scare, and both LBJ and Nixon's decisions in their presidency.

What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular? The Nation was divided over whether they should continue to fight or pull out of Vietnam and the young people were creating the hippie movement/the counterculture, which the older "silent majority" was against.

What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song? That people should stop fighting and starting listening to each other. Also, that people should take a look at the bigger picture before thinking that you're right.


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