Love and Peace on Earth

By Russ:

It’s all about the music… the music of LOVE and PEACE.  With world political tensions trending to an almost an out-of-control level, we raise our hands in hope.

Here are but a few sample songs starting from the days of “flower power”.


1963 / Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind/ The question of why there is suffering in the world has long been pondered, and there still never seems to be an answer

1964 / Youngbloods – Get Together

1965 / The Byrds – Turn Turn Turn / there is a time for everything, and despite the struggles we all face, peace is bound to come

1965 / Bob Marley and The Wailers – One Love
1965 /  United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa – We Are The World / written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie – proceeds of record sales were donated to the “United Support of Artists for Africa” (USA for Africa). The non-profit foundation would then feed and relieve starving people in Africa, specifically Ethiopia
1967 / The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
1969 / John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance


1973 / George Harrison – Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

1975 / John Lennon – Imagine / lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions
1967 / Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth / often considered an anti-war song, Stephen Stills was inspired to write the song because of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in November 1966

1971 / Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On / the songs is told from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to his home country to witness hatred, suffering, and injustice



Music about love and peace can be a powerful force in the world we live in, but in spite of all its good intentions, unfortunately it seems some people are ignoring the message.

I wrote a song called “I’LL TAKE THE LOVE“. It includes these words:

we’re all in this together, a world of shrinking size
You see it happening before your eyes The power of money leads to compromise,

Don’t do it for the money, let LOVE be your guide
Because I’ll take the love… that money can’t buy

Vocal: Wayne Buttery / Words and music: Russ Strathdee


It is very hard for me accept that war is still going on all over the world… pathetic.

Let There Be Peace On Earth



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