For What It's Worth Poem Analysis

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‘For What It’s Worth’ by Buffalo Springfield has a logical message because it is referring to the Sunset Strip Riots that took place in Hollywood during the 1960’s. People protested when they lost their civil rights due to a curfew law that was put into place. The song says, “Stop, children, what’s that sound. Everybody look- what’s going down?” Community members were angry at the young people going to clubs at night because they were “loud” and “disruptive”. The curfew law was put into place after the complaints and the youth became outraged. They believed their civil right were being taken away. There were riots along the sunset strip, where all these clubs were located, to protest the law. Police were at these riots and many people were handcuffed and hauled off to jail. They are referring to children because these protests were from the younger generation. Even though the overall message is logical, the support within this song is not as strong. ‘For What It’s Worth’ is often mistaken as an anti-war song since it was released during the Vietnam War era. When most people hear this song that is what they think of. The song can be heard in several war related movies. Some even believe it is about the Kent State Shootings although the song was released years before that event occurred. Even though there is not strong evidence to back up this song's true meaning, it…show more content…
Buffalo Springfield had become the ‘house band’ at the club Whisky a Go Go which was once located along the strip. Band member Stephen Stills wrote this song when these riots and protests were happening, and he is credible because their band was there in L.A. along the strip. The protest started out in a peaceful manner, but once the police became involved the protest turned into a riot. Stephen Stills wanted the law enforcement to hear this song and stop the violence he saw right before his

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