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Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth lyric meanings and song facts

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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, DC)

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