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 YouTubeÂ (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.Â IfÂ you have suggestions for other songs that you think also relate to citizen preparedness, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them:
1) Five For Fighting, “World”Â –Â ”What kind of world do you want/Â Think anything/Let’s start at the start/Build a masterpiece/Be careful what you wish for/History starts now.”
2) Patti Smith, “People Have The Power”Â –”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.”
3) The Eagles, “New York Minute”Â – “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.”
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.”