For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
“For What It’s Worth” is a song by the American-Canadian rock band Buffalo Springfield. It was written by band member Stephen Stills and released as a single in 1967. The song became a signature anthem of the 1960s counterculture movement and is regarded as one of the most iconic protest songs of all time.
The lyrics of “For What It’s Worth” address the social and political unrest of the era, particularly the protests against the Vietnam War and the struggles for civil rights. The song’s opening line, “There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear,” captures the sense of confusion and uncertainty that many people felt at the time.
The song’s musical style is characterized by its memorable guitar riff, driving rhythm, and Stills’ distinctive vocals. The song’s overall sound is often described as a mix of folk, rock, and country, with a psychedelic edge.
Despite being written over 50 years ago, “For What It’s Worth” remains relevant today and has been covered by countless artists in a variety of styles. It continues to resonate with listeners who are concerned about social justice, inequality, and political turmoil, making it a timeless classic of American popular music.
Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band that was active from 1966 to 1968. The band was formed in Los Angeles, California, by five musicians: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin.
The band’s music blended elements of folk, rock, and country music and incorporated socially conscious lyrics that addressed the political and social issues of the era. Their sound and lyrics were influenced by the folk music scene of the early 1960s and the emerging counterculture movement.
Buffalo Springfield released three albums during their brief career: “Buffalo Springfield” (1966), “Buffalo Springfield Again” (1967), and “Last Time Around” (1968). The band’s most well-known songs include “For What It’s Worth,” “Mr. Soul,” “Rock and Roll Woman,” and “Bluebird.”
Despite their short career, Buffalo Springfield’s music had a significant impact on the development of rock music and influenced many musicians who came after them. Members of the band went on to have successful careers as solo artists and as part of other bands, including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Poco, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
In 1997, Buffalo Springfield was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and their music continues to be celebrated and influential today.