But it’s easy to forget that it also offers a choice: After warning you for five minutes that war is just a shot away, Mick Jagger reminds you that “Love, sister, it’s just a kiss away.” See, The Rolling Stones weren’t kings of darkness all the time. The lyrics will likely go down in history, but let’s not overlook the silky-smooth vocal performance by Jesse Colin Young, who made this song a hit when others (including Jefferson Airplane and the song’s writer, Dino Valente of Quicksilver) had missed the charts. Their later live performances upped the ante, with a taped intro from Nelson Mandela. Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire, My OWN Composition (music) - Mi, Sol, La (1), The Icky Sticky Frog: 5 Voices / Dynamics. Thanks to Monita Dejean for correcting these lyrics. Even though I cannot see XTC was in peak form when this track was cut for English Settlement, and everything about this track – from Andy Partridge’s righteous lyric to the stripped-down, coiled-up rhythms – seethes with urgency. But every one of them has a message that the world could still use. His goal here was to avoid saying anything explicitly political, and instead to encourage a divided country to get past its differences. Writer(s): Eddie James. Motown’s message songs could be as powerful as Edwin Starr’s “War” or as dark as the Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion” – or as uplifting as the Pips’ “Friendship Train,” which topped the charts two months before the 60s ended. Sometimes you can grab more people with a jolly singalong than an angry protest song. On the surface “One” is a love song, but its pleas for connection and understanding eventually go worldwide (“Brothers and sisters, we got to carry each other”). The message of “Give Peace A Chance” was clear, but Lennon was not trying to preach to the public, but rather, he was offering an ambitious alternative to the world. Design your peace! It’s partly a rewrite of Woody Guthrie’s “This Train,” but with a difference: Bruce Springsteen’s train has room for the gamblers and lost souls, and promises that everyone’s faith will be rewarded.