If you’re looking for angry songs (that make more sense than Van Morrison’s angry songs) John Lennon wrote the classic…

John and Yoko. The song could and should be sung in the United States today

Van Morrison is angry. Yeh, I know. That’s not really news. I think he was angry the moment he popped out of the womb.

But recently, he’s been angry about the restrictions around Covid-19. This is because in addition to being angry, he’s an idiot.

Anyway, angry songs aren’t new. There have been angry songs around for a long, long time. 

Rage Against the Machine aren’t called Rage Against the Machine for nothing.

Young Declan McKenna – he has a brilliant new album out – is angry in his song about Brazil. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit is angry. Chain of Fools by Aretha Franklin is angry.

John Lennon’s Working Class Hero is angry.

And even though the same John Lennon gave us that peace anthem Imagine, that album also contained what I believe to be the angriest song ever – Gimme Some Truth.

It begins angry:

“I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth.”

And if having a go at the above mentioned “hypocritics” and politicians isn’t enough, John also lashes into “No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky” and “tight-lipped, condescending, mama’s little chauvinists” too.

A classic angry song – but unlike Van’s nonsense, perfectly reasonable anger in the United States of the 1970s – and it would be perfectly reasonable in the United States of today.

Sadly, there’s not a whole lot of truth over there right now, is there?

 If you’re not familiar with Johnny’s masterpiece, you can catch it here:

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