Songs To Change the World

Compiled by Sean Prophet

Every once in a while, I run across a song that states universal truths in a way that makes me stop and just say "Wow, if only everyone could hear, understand, and live these words, the world would be a better place." These songs have influenced my life in tremendous ways. Without some of them, I wouldn't be sitting here writing this--or probably writing anything at all. I will slowly add to this list over time. If you think something should be on this list, write and let me know. Like humor, heartfelt poetry set to music has a way of getting past typical defenses and imparting undertanding that can be both powerful and irrefutable.

I list these songs strictly for their poetry and philosophy. In any given room, if you can please 40% of people with a selection of music, you're doing well. But you don't have to like the music to hear the cry of these songwriters. Some songs, like "Imagine" have inspired generations and will continue to do so. Others are less well known. In honor of the greatness of John Lennon, I will start this collection with his profound cry for peace, understanding and spiritual self-reliance. All lyrics are copyrighted by their respective authors.


Imagine John Lennon The ultimate
The Angels Share Geddy Lee Geddy Lee's "Imagine"
The Grudge Tool (Maynard James Keenan) On intolerance
Heaven's Here on Earth Tracy Chapman Don't look 'above' for answers
Black Sun Dead Can Dance (Brendan Perry, Lisa Gerard) So great I named this journal after it
My God Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) Sums it up...religion, confession


Fallen Angel Styx (Dennis DeYoung) On following leaders
Anthem Rush (Neil Peart) In defense of selfishness
Roots to Branches Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) Quarrelling between religions
God John Lennon What he (doesn't) believe in...

Honorable Mention

Mission Rush (Neil Peart) What it takes to succeed
Wind Up Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) "I'd rather look around me, compose a better song, 'cause that's the honest measure of my worth...."