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Buffalo Springfield—For What It’s Worth

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By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio

 

I recently met Richie Furay, formerly of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and now a solo artist. Meeting this lovely, gentle and talented man took me back to some of the legendary songs of the 1960’s and of course Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth. Mistakenly thought by many to have been written as a Vietnam War protest song, it was actually inspired by an event known as the “Sunset Strip Riots” in LA. (a small local incident that sparked a rally and protest) None the less For What It’s Worth has become an the anthem of protest. Watching the unfortunate events unfold on the streets of Baltimore this week triggered recent memory and this song…these words.

 
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

 

 

For What It’s Worth

Written by Stephen Stills
 
 

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down