Protest Songs Of The 60s
On The Acoustic

Protest Songs Of The 60s On The Acoustic Guitar

Welcome to my protest songs of the 60s page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.


Protest Songs Of The 60s


1. Eve Of Destruction - (Barry McGuire)

When this song was recorded in 1965, they did one take. The plan was to come back and do several more takes to get a final polished version. But that one take tape was leaked out to a DJ who started playing the song and it became a #1 hit ... with a single take of a song.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = a simple root up down up root up down up will work here
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = D, G, A7, Bm 
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2. If I Had A Hammer - (Peter Paul And Mary)

Pete Seeger and Lee Hays wrote this one and first recorded by The Weavers. In 1962 Peter Paul and Mary released their version which reacher #2.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = 2nd fret
  • Rhythm = a steady down up down up shuffle
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, Bm, C, D, Em
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3. In The Year 2525 - (Zager And Evans)

Zager and Evans was a duo in the 1960's and released this #1 song in 1969 in both the US and the UK. It was released five years earlier but didn't do much on the charts until the duo got on the RCA label.

  • Drop D Tuning =  No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = shuffle in the beginning then down down down down up and repeat 
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Abm, Gb, E, D#, Am, G, F, A#m
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4. Somebody To Love - (Jefferson Airplane)

A San Francisco group called The Great Society were the first to record this song in 1965 but never had much impact. The writer, Darby Slick, has a sister-in-law in that group known as Grace Slick. When these cats disbanded only after one year, Grace took this song with her to Jefferson Airplane. The song went on to reach #1 in Canada and #5 in the US and has become a 60s classic.

  • Drop D Tuning = No   
  • Capo = 4th fret
  • Rhythm = down down up down up down up and repeat - down strokes in some places
  • Picking = No
  • Chords = Dm, G, C, F
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5. This Land Is Your Land - (Woody Guthrie)

Woody Guthrie wrote this song in 1940 after getting tired of hearing Kate Smith sing God Bless America. The melody is from a Carter family number called "When The World's On Fire".

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up root up down up
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, D7
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