Label: American Icons Ltd. - SMC2520 • Format: CD Album, Unofficial Release, Stereo • Country: Europe • Genre: Pop •
Add Genre. Add Styles. Add Moods. Add Themes. In its nine eight-line verses, it is nothing less than a revisionist history lesson that undermines conventional attitudes about war and patriotism that prevailed in the U. As it begins, the narrator announces that his name and age are unimportant, but that he comes from the Midwest, as the Minnesota-born Dylan does.
There, he says, he was brought up being taught that his country had God on its side. In subsequent verses, the narrator surveys American history dating back to the midth century, including the struggle between Native Americans and the U. Either explicitly or by implication, the narrator questions the accepted views of these conflicts, noting that he never understood the reason for fighting World War I, for example, and that the Germans were rapidly rehabilitated despite the Holocaust after World War II.
In the penultimate verse, he abruptly switches to a thorny religious question: Did Judas Iscariot have God on his side when he betrayed Christ? Finally, despite the confusion the narrator feels after reviewing the history of American wars, he concludes that, if God is really on our side, he will prevent a nuclear conflagration.
The song reflected a growing disenchantment with the cold war that was giving rise to a disarmament movement which would feed into the antiwar movement that responded to the Vietnam War later in the decade. In that sense, like other of Dylan's songs in this period, it both responded to current concerns on the left and anticipated more generally accepted sentiments soon to come. Of course, this was also true with regard to the questions it raised about the treatment of Native Americans.
On July 28,he and Joan Baez performed it at the Newport Folk Festival, their rendition recorded and released the following year on the album Newport Broadside.
Dylan recorded it for his third album on Columbia Records on August 6,accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, but before his recording was released on The Times They Are A-Changin' on January 13,Joan Baez's live version appeared on her fall release Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2, which reached Look To Your Orb For The Warning - Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity Top Ten in December.
The length and seriousness of "With God on Our Side," along with the three rapidly released recordings by Baez, Dylan, and the two together intended to prevent the song from earning many more covers immediately. But there were another five recordings by the end ofincluding ones by Odetta, the Mitchell Trio, and Manfred Mann.
Dylan performed "With God on Our Side" in his concerts during andlast playing it during his spring tour of England, after which he began appearing with Julia - The Beatles - The Beatles Collection rock band and cut much of his acoustic repertoire.
On June 6,Spirit Of The Suns Warriors - Sekhmet / Evil Dead - Victims Of The Cult appeared at Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode - 101 Peace Sunday anti-nuclear concert with Baez, and they sang "With God on Our Side," part of which was broadcast that day on national television.
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