Cockburn's 'If I Had a Rocket Launcher' was one of the first songs that really made me understand that music could have meaning and a message deeper than a catchy tune or lyric. Wielded right, it could impact humanity.
Here is the original video that hooked me as a teenager, and a more recent performance.
I want to raise every voice, at least I've got to try,
Every time I think about it, water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate. Echoes of the victim's cries.
If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would die.