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I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier - the first anti-war hit record

Released in 1915, I Didn't Raise My Son to be a Soldier, sung here by the Peerless Quartet, was the first commercially successful anti-war record and featured prominently in the American anti-war movement opposing US entry in the first world war. The song was revived in the 1960s in opposition to the US war in Vietnam.


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the "manufactured" music of today...

the american idols, the voices, and the x factors don't allow for dissent in their "music"

i wish we had a buffalo springfield, a csny, a joan baez alive and singing antiwars songs today!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
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Thank you for finding this!

A friend sent me this in 2007, and I have looked for it without luck since then. Bookmarked this time!
Any chance you remember a tune by a couple of b-52-esque ladies, "The Work Will Make You Free?" If I recall correctly, the story was about "Old Jack Diamond."

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

The young man's face as he

The young man's face as he sits in the mud surrounded by hell really effected me...very powerful. Thank you for posting.

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Great find Steve

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