Kravitz, Armstrong Join Anti-War Chorus
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Lenny Kravitz have joined the ranks of musicians airing their anti-war sentiments in song. Each has made available a track for free download; an MP3 of Armstrong'sGreen Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Lenny Kravitz have joined the ranks of musicians airing their anti-war sentiments in song. Each has made available a track for free download; an MP3 of Armstrong's "Life During Wartime" is available on greenday.com, while Kravitz' "We Want Peace" can be downloaded via the Rock the Vote Web site.
Armstrong's song is not a cover of the 1979 Talking Heads song of the same name, but a new composition with lyrics credited to Aaron Elliot and PHGP. Accompanied only by his own acoustic guitar strumming, the song is rife with frustration as Armstrong sings "A real war to fight against/instead of our petty disagreements/How can I rationalize my life during wartime?"
"We Want Peace" was written by Kravitz and performed with Iraqi pop artist Kadim Al Sahir, and features strings by Palestinian artist Simon Shaheen and percussion by Lebanese artist Jamey Hadded. Backed by a typically funk rock melody the song sports the lyric, "There won't be peace if we don't try."
"I came to Rock the Vote because of its strong stance with young people as defenders of free expression," Kravitz said in a statement. "This song for me is about more than Iraq: It is about our role as people in the world and that we all should cherish freedom and peace."
"Rock the Vote supports the young men and women in our military whose lives are now at risk," the organization's executive director, Jehmu Greene, added. "We hope the war will come to a swift conclusion with minimum loss of human life and that we can move on to build a better future for the Iraqi people. The millions of young people who hear this song should take Kravitz' message to heart and stand up for what they believe."
As previously reported, R.E.M., the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp, and DJ Shadow and Zack de la Rocha are among those who have recently released anti-war songs since the beginning of the U.S.-led conflict against Iraq.