5 anti-war songs that got in under the radar

Pride's Purge

oh it's a lovely war

At a time of intense public debate about whether Britain should go to war or not, here are five anti-war hits – songs that many people didn’t even realise were about war:

1. THE MONKEES – Last Train to Clarksville
Members of the Monkees later said the only way they could get their 1966 anti-Vietnam War hit to even get air time – never mind get to number 1 – was by making it sound like an upbeat love song. It’s actually about a young Vietnam conscript seeing his girlfriend for the last time before he gets sent off to be killed:

“And I don’t know If I’m ever coming home”

2. ROBERT WYATT/ELVIS COSTELLO – Shipbuilding
Costello’s 1982 anti-Falklands War song was relatively subtle in its anti-war polemic – but so much more powerful for it:

“Within weeks they’ll be re-opening the shipyards
And notifying the next of kin”

3. PRINCE – Money Don’t Matter…

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