Jefferson Airplane - ''Volunteers'' (Live At Woodstock 1969)
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Jefferson Airplane - ''Volunteers'' (Live At Woodstock 1969)



Written by Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner and vocalist Marty Balin, this song is a call to take a stand against the US government and the war in Vietnam. In a 1993 interview with Relix, Balin explained: "It became political but it didn't start out that way. I had woken up to the sound of garbage cans crashing outside the mansion and looked out, and there was this Volunteers of America truck, so I wrote that down and gave it to Paul and he wrote the song. Bang. People put all kinds of meaning into it."


Volunteers was the last album the band recorded before massive personnel changes altered their original sound, which was psychedelic rock.




Lyrics



Look what's happening out in the streets

Got a revolution

Got to revolution

Hey I'm dancing down the streets

Got a revolution

Got to revolution

Ain't it amazing all the people I meet

Got a revolution

Got to revolution

One generation got old

One generation got soul

This generation got no destination to hold

Pick up the cry

Hey now it's time for you and me

Got a revolution

Got to revolution

Come on now we're marching to the sea

Got a revolution

Got to revolution

Who will take it from you

We will and who are we

We are volunteers of America



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