Love – Live and Let Live

Love probably has the best name possible for a 1960s flower power era group, though they were more than incense and peppermints. Racially mixed, and socially concerned, this song from their seminal album Forever Changes, seems to mostly look at the stupidity of war, in their view. The multi-section 1967 tune may also cover off land seizures from American Indians.

Any lyrics mentioning “snot” can be hard to hear in a popular song!

The title generally refers to freedom, letting people do as they wish. But Live and Let Live has also referred to, in the First World War, temporary truces in trench warfare. Several other rock artists have been inspired by this halting of fighting. Two thus far are covered here:

Paul McCartney, The Pipes of Peace
Royal Guardsmen, Snoopy’s Christmas


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