If I Had a Rocket Launcher – Bruce Cockburn (1984)
Cockburn wrote this powerful protest song following a visit to a Guatemalan refugee camp in 1983. And it’s since been referenced in several other international incidents of civil strife. While Cockburn was briefly popular in the US, he’s been more of a national icon in his native Canada: He’s been recognized for both his civic (Officer of the Order of Canada) and musical (Canadian Music Hall of Fame) contributions. While continuing to be a prolific musician over the years, Cockburn has remained a humanitarian and environmental activist. His latest album, his 31st, came out in 2011.