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Some Of My Top Citizen Preparedness-Related Songs — Please Suggest Your Own

September 28th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Over the past few years working on the issue of public preparedness and engagement, I have found myself noting songs and lyrics I’ve heard that I think touch on related themes. So, I thought I’d post videos from YouTube (along with some selected lyrics) of four songs that I find particularly resonant and representative of the ideas raised in this blog.

I am pretty sure that none of these songs were written about civilian preparedness, but I think each relates in some way to the need for citizens to be ready to react and respond to whatever emergencies we face individually, as a nation and as a planet. After I listen to these songs, I find myself getting charged up about doing something. If you have suggestions for other songs that you think also relate to citizen preparedness, please email me at and I will post them:

1) Five For Fighting, “World” – ”What kind of world do you want/ Think anything/Let’s start at the start/Build a masterpiece/Be careful what you wish for/History starts now.”


Five For Fighting, “World”

2) Patti Smith, “People Have The Power” –”The people have the power/The people have the power/The power to dream /to rule/to wrestle the world from fools/it’s decreed the people rule/it’s decreed the people rule/I believe everything we dream/can come to pass through our union/we can turn the world around/we can turn the earth’s revolution/we have the power/People have the power.”

Patti Smith, “People Have The Power” 

3) The Eagles, “New York Minute” – “In a New York minute/Everything can change/In a New York minute things can get a little strange…And in these days/When darkness falls early/And people rush home/To the ones they love/You better take a fool’s advice/And take care of your own/One day they’re here/Next day they’re gone.”


Don Henley, “New York Minute” 


4) Foo Fighters, “Times Like These” — “It’s times like these you learn to live again/it’s times like these you give and give again/it’s times like these you learn to love again/it’s times like these time and time again.”


Foo Fighters, “Times Like These”

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robin // Sep 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

    My favorite preparedness related song is Andrew Bird’s “Fiery Crash.” Go here and click to open the Jukebox

    “To save all our lives you’ve got to envision the fiery crash before you get on the plane.”

  • 2 admin // Sep 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm


    i had never heard andrew bird before, but that’s a beautiful — and very appropriate — song.

    anyone want to see it:



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  • 4 Sara // Jan 31, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Such touching songs. I especially liked the first one by Five For Fighting.

  • 5 admin // Jan 31, 2009 at 10:40 am


    Thanks for your comment. I love that Five For Fighting song too.


  • 6 Sara // Jan 31, 2009 at 10:51 am

    The songs are very unique songs that I hadn’t heard before.

  • 7 admin // Jan 31, 2009 at 10:53 am


    I’m glad you liked them.
    Nice dashes.


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