|Buffalo Springfield - For What
It's Worth lyric meanings and song
|This was going to be about rookie soldiers who
had been thrown to the front lines during the Vietnam War, but when
Stephen Stills witnessed a Los Angeles Police Department
overreaction to a protest on Sunset Strip, he changed the message of
the song. It became a song about unrest among youth who have been
subjected to police oppression in the name of law and order. (thanks,
Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
|This was used a commercial for Miller beer.
The antiestablishment message was, of course, ignored and the song
was edited to avoid the line "There's a man with a gun over there,
telling you you've got to beware." The commercial replaced this line
by pulling up the chorus of "Everybody look what's going down."
|Neil Young was in the band, but Stills wrote
it himself. Young has never allowed his songs to be used in
commercials, and wrote a song bashing those who do called "This
Note's For You."
|Public Enemy sampled this on their 1998 song
"He Got Game," which was used in the movie of the same name. Stephen
Stills appears on this song. (thanks, Zodiac Digital - Washington,