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GREEN DAY have become the latest US act to post an anti-war song online.

The band's frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has posted an MP3 on the band's website of a track called 'Life During Wartime' - click here .

The song features Armstrong, armed with just an acoustic guitar, singing lines like "A real war to fight against/instead of our petty disagreements/How can I rationalise my life during wartime?". Aaron Elliot and Pinhead Gunpowder are credited with penning the lyrics. The song is free to download from the site, which also features a message of opposition to the war from bassist Mike Dirnt.

In related news, Lenny Kravitz
has teamed up with an Iraqi pop star to release an anti-war song.
The star recorded the song 'We Want Peace' with popular Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir in Miami last week.

The pair have released the track on the website of Rock the Vote - click here - a national organisation which encourages young people to become involved in politics. Kravitz said he had chosen to link up with Rock the Vote "because of its strong stance with young people as defenders of free expression."

The acts join a growing list of recording artists releasing protest songs directly to the Internet to bypass a cautious radio market.

REM posted 'The Final Straw' on their website earlier this week (March 24), [a][/a]' 'In A World Gone Mad' was posted online earlier this month (March 12) and Zack de la Rocha and DJ Shadow, whose 'March Of Death' was made available via the web last weekend (March 22).

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