“Civil War” by Guns N’ Roses
Freedom of speech is a very important right given to us through the first amendment. The first amendment protects people by letting them print, say, or sing what they please. These writers as well as musicians express their right to this though their writings and lyrics. However, people might take advantage of this amendment resulting in consequences. “Civil War” by Guns N’ Roses is a good example of expressing the right freedom of speech give to us. It was written in 1990 to protest war, but it wasn’t protesting any war in particular. They used their freedom of speech throughout the song, but used it wisely and they were not reprimanded because of it. The band uses their freedom of speech by being able to speak their feelings about war without facing consequences. Guns N’ Roses named their song “Civil War” because they believe we are all united into one, causing any fighting between people to be defined as a civil war rather then just a war. The song starts by causing the listener to think about what really happens during war. It expresses that even though war has changed over time, it produces the same effects. They show this by saying how people continue to die, fear is continuing to grow, and children will continue war because they are raised in a life where war takes place. Guns N’ Roses also states that God and human rights are pushed to the side while war is present. In the middle of the song, they
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reminisce on two main events in their lives of war and violence. Kennedy being shot was the first of these. The band describes this by saying that when they heard of this murder, they went numb. The second of the two flashbacks was the vietnam war. Guns N’ Roses says that they never felt for the war. Also they talk about the wall in Washington D.C. that is a tribute to the veterans. However, the band says that this wall is there to remind everyone that freedom is something that cannot be trusted because it’s in the hands of the government. One of the main points of the song that is repeated multiple times throughout is that war doesn’t affect the richer people as much as it affects the poor. Most of America is not on the richer side which expresses the point that war affects the country pretty much as a whole. Guns N’ Roses then attempts to get the listener to think about war again. They do this by envisioning in the listeners head images of blood, violence, and fear. While this picture is in the head, the band then states that the soldiers fighting are all power hungry. They all want to be known as the victor, and never as the one who was defeated. After this, they state how they are done with hearing about war, but understand wars will go on because human rights are pushed aside. Also, the band states that because of all the war that has taken place over time, history will always have a scar on it. Guns N’ Roses ends the song by questioning the title. They do this by asking how can a war be defined as civil with all the bloodshed and lies. War is a topic talked about many people. It is viewed by many as bad while others see it as necessity. Freedom of speech allows people to openly discuss their feelings on this very delicate topic.